MOTORISTS driving from Wellington Shire into East Gippsland can take a pit stop at the redeveloped Newmerella rest area on the Princes Highway.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester said he secured funding from the previous government for the improvements to the stop near Orbost, and the redeveloped rest area will help save lives on the Princes Highway.

“The new sealing works and landscaping makes it a more attractive place to stop and take a break which is good for helping to make sure that drivers are well rested,” Mr Chester said.

“The road safety benefits of a strong network of rest areas on the highway are well understood, and it’s important to keep investing in better facilities.”