$147,000 investment to improve safety on Harris Park roads

Wednesday, 02 July 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 $147,000 to fix a dangerous black spot in Harris Park.

Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon. Marise Payne, today joined Parramatta City Lord Mayor, Cr John Chedid, to announce the funding to upgrade the intersection of Parkes Street and Harris Street, Harris Park.

The investment will allow for the removal of the filter turn to provide fully controlled right turns for westbound traffic and the installation of a pedestrian phase on Parkes Street, east of Harris Street.

“Black Spot projects like this one target dangerous roads in order to save lives and reduce road trauma, ensuring our local roads are safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians,” 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.”

Cr Chedid said the Black Spot programme helps Council deliver on one of its core responsibilities – providing safe and efficient local roads.

“This funding is vitally important as it allows us to fix a known trouble-spot that has caused a number of right-turn accidents in recent years,” Cr Chedid said.

“The upgrade will improve safety for all road users and increase traffic flow and efficiency, which is essential in continuing Parramatta’s economic growth.

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

The project was recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the coming financial year (2014-15).

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