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Bypassing Blackheath and Mount Victoria, duplicating the Great Western Highway and delivering immediate upgrades to the Bells Line of road corridor, just the start of a $95 million investment into the central west.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey, Minister for Transport Andrew Constance were joined by Parliamentary Secretary for Western New South Wales Rick Colless and Member for Bathurst Paul Toole today announced how the NSW Government is getting on with the job to future proof this region by upgrading key routes between Sydney and Bathurst.

Melinda Pavey announced plans are underway for duplication of 30km of the Great Western Highway between Katoomba and Forty Bends which would provide a safe and efficient link between Central West NSW and the Sydney motorway network.

“This is great news for the people of the Blue Mountains and Central West. From today we are planning the long awaited bypassing of Blackheath and Mount Victoria which will make our roads safer while slashing travel times,” Mrs Pavey said.

Andrew Constance also announced a multi-agency taskforce will be assembled in Bathurst to deliver an transport masterplan.

“This region will be the first to take part in a community based integrated freight and transport plan which will improve connectivity with the Central West,” Mr Constance said.

NSW Regional Infrastructure Coordinator Lieutenant General Ken Gillespie will lead engagement between industry, local government and community.

Rick Colless said shovels are ready for a number of projects along the Bells Line of Road corridor including upgrades to Chifley Road at Scenic Hill and Clarence.

“We have already invested $48 million on the Bells Line of Road corridor improvement program which included installing overtaking lanes, stabilisng slopes and widening existing lanes to improve safety and travel times for road users,” Mr Colless said.

Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said we would also immediately upgrade the Great Western Highway between Kelso and Raglan with 3.5 kilometers of duplication to Bathurst airport.

“This upgrade will ease traffic congestion during major events and holiday season,” Mr. Toole said.

The funding allocated this financial year is a further commitment the NSW Government is working hard for Central West communities of NSW.