Construction of the $13.3M Road Train Assembly Area is nearing completion at the new Truck Central Estate in Wishart with the last of over 1000 truckloads of concrete being poured. The Assembly Area is a key component of the $52M Truck Central development which is under construction at the corner of Tiger Brennan Drive and Wishart Road.
“The Road Train Assembly Area will be an extremely valuable asset improving both safety and productivity for the road transport industry” said Louise Bilato, Executive Officer, NT Road Transport Association. The Assembly Area will provide 55 heavy transport parking bays, including 17 bays for triple road trains and a further 11 wider bays for the reconfiguration and assembly of trailers. It also includes a dual height loading ramp for stacking of trailers. The Assembly Area will assist road transport operators to meet their lawful requirements in relation to the management of fatigue, in addition to facilitating the break-up and reconfiguration of prime movers and trailing equipment in a purpose built and safe environment. Construction of the Truck Stop by BP Australia is also progressing well and is expected to be operational in the coming months. The Truck Stop complements the Assembly Area by providing fuel, food and driver rest facilities.
The Truck Central Estate will also include the NT Government’s new Heavy Vehicle Inspection Facility. The Inspection Facility will be unique in Australia and possibly the world, as it has been designed to accommodate fully configured 53.5 metre triple road trains. This allows truckers to efficiently meet their inspection compliance requirements without losing time disconnecting and reconnecting trailers. The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics recently appointed local construction company, Norbuilt, to build the Inspection Facility and site works are now underway.
The Assembly Area and Inspection Facility are being jointly funded with $9.65M from the Australian Government through Round 5 of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme and the balance by the Northern Territory Government and Land Development Corporation.
Ostojic Group and Land Development Corporation are in partnership to deliver the 25 lot Truck Central Estate which will become the Top End’s road transport hub. Truck Central is scheduled to open for business early next year.