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  • Writer's pictureThe Hon. Paul Toole MP


The latest freight-friendly COVID-19 testing site has opened in Raglan today to further support the industry and keep drivers COVIDsafe.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the new pop-up site at Raglan brings the number of freight testing sites across the state to 11.

“More than 100,000 tests have been carried out across all our testing sites since we opened the first one at Tarcutta more than 12 months ago, and since the beginning of June alone, we’ve seen a 1679 per cent increase in the number of tests carried out at these sites,” Mr Toole said.

“These testing sites have proven invaluable in helping the freight industry meet the challenges of the Delta strain - and make it easier for truckies and other freight workers to get tested and keep essential supplies moving across NSW and interstate.

“We know how important the freight industry is to the Central West, and this latest site builds on the one we opened at Blackbutt Rest Area on the Newell Highway in Dubbo earlier this month.

“The new site, located at Raglan BP Service Centre, 39 Sydney Road, will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and will accommodate freight workers travelling along a major road freight corridor which sees around 1800 heavy vehicle movements per day, servicing our communities from Sydney through to the Blue Mountains and Western NSW.

“This is about making it easier for heavy vehicle drivers to meet their testing requirements and get back on the road.”

Following feedback from industry, the upcoming Hunter Expressway testing site has been moved to the northwest bound Branxton rest area, which will better accommodate freight accessing the Hunter Expressway from John Renshaw Drive.

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