NSW is set for another road safety blitz that will see more than six thousand kilometres of vital road safety work delivered by the Liberals & Nationals Government, as part of the next round of Saving Lives on Country Roads funding.

Deputy Premier John Barilaro joined Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey to announce a $182 million boost to road safety that will significantly improve road safety and help reduce the road toll.

“We are serious about reducing the state’s road toll and this unprecedented funding will help prevent the loss of lives and serious injuries incurred from road trauma across our state,” Mr Barilaro said.

“It’s estimated more than a thousand fatal and serious injuries can be prevented through these measures.”

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said improvements include installing 113 kilometres of safety barriers, 3000 kilometres of rumble strips and 2800 kilometres of wide centreline to prevent run off road and head on crashes.

“Last year, there were 26 fewer fatalities on country roads than in 2017 and while this is encouraging it’s important not to become complacent,” Mrs Pavey said.

KEY POINTS:

  • $182 million in road safety upgrades across the state during the next financial year that includes the delivery of 224 new projects
  • $141 million will be invested as part of the Government’s Saving Lives On Country Roads program
  • $41 million as part of the Government’s Liveable and Safe Urban Communities program

The Liberals & Nationals in government are investing $1.9 billion over five years to deliver the Road Safety Plan 2021.This includes $640 million for Saving Lives on Country Roads and $180 million for Liveable and Safe Urban Communities.

OXLEY COMPONENTS:

Melinda Pavey said in the Oxley electorate, more than $3.3M will be invested in 2019/20 to deliver a number of projects.

“These include the Kempsey to Armidale Road between Yarravel and Bellbrook, the Oxley Highway from Mount Seaview to Plum Tree Hill Trig Road, and the Pembrooke Road from Pacific Highway to Beechwood Road.”

These works include safety improvements to reduce the likelihood and severity of run off road crashes including flexible barriers with motorcycle underrun, audio-tactile line marking, sealed shoulders and intersection improvements.

Kempsey Shire Mayor, Liz Campbell, has welcomed the funding for the upgrade of Armidale Road.

“Council has made several applications for grants to improve the condition and safety of the road which serves as an important regional link between Kempsey and Armidale, and it’s fantastic that we’ve been successful.

“This funding will ensure the key road is improved to the level that the local community deserves given its usage by tourist, agricultural, school and freight traffic.”