$108,500 for safer roads in Merrylands

Monday, 15 December 2014

The Australian Government is delivering on its plan to build safer roads and a stronger economy through its record $500 million investment in the national Black Spot Programme, providing $108,500 to fix a dangerous black spot in Merrylands.

Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon. Marise Payne, today joined the Mayor of Holroyd City, Cr Greg Cummings, to announce the funding to upgrade the intersection of Merrylands Road and Sherwood and Centenary Roads.

The investment will allow for the removal of the westbound right-turn filter from the Merrylands Road east approach to Centenary Road, to prevent collisions between westbound vehicles turning right and vehicles travelling east on Merrylands Road. Council will complete the work before the end of the 2014-15 financial year.

“Black Spot projects like this one target dangerous roads in order to save lives and reduce road trauma, ensuring our local roads in Western Sydney are safer for everyone,” Senator Payne said.

“Anyone can suggest an intersection or stretch of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade, and we strongly encourage all councils and individuals to submit their nominations.”

Mayor Cummings said the Black Spot programme helps Council deliver on one of its fundamental responsibilities – providing safe and efficient local roads.

“This is a crucial investment in our local infrastructure that enables Council to fix a dangerous intersection which has caused far too many accidents in recent years,” Mayor Cummings said.

“The upgrade is great news for all motorists, cyclists and pedestrians that travel on these roads.

“This is a prime example of all levels of government working together to strengthen local communities.

“I would like to thank Senator Payne and the Australian Government for this important investment and we look forward to working together to deliver this project in the near future.”

Further information and nomination forms can be downloaded from: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/index.aspx