$825,000 investment to fix local black spots in Parramatta

Friday, 19 June 2015

Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, the Hon. Jamie Briggs MP, and Senator for Western Sydney, the Hon. Marise Payne, today announced an $825,000 investment to fix three dangerous road black spots in the electorate of Parramatta:

- Intersection of Blaxcell Street and Farnell Street and Membry Street in Granville: $450,000 to install a single-lane roundabout at each intersection;
- Intersection of O’Connell Street and Dunlop Street in North Parramatta: $350,000 to install a single-lane roundabout;
- St Ann Street from Military Road to Chetwynd Road in Merrylands: $25,000 to separate the through and parking lanes with painted lines.

Senator Payne today joined Parramatta City Lord Mayor, Cr Scott Lloyd, to inspect the intersection of O’Connell Street and Dunlop Street in North Parramatta, where Council will install a new roundabout following a number of injury crashes in recent years.

Senator Payne said the investment will deliver safer and more efficient roads for the electorate of Parramatta through targeted upgrades proven to deliver results.

“Black spot projects target dangerous roads to save lives and reduce road trauma, ensuring our local road network in Western Sydney is safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians,” Senator Payne said.

“The good thing about the Black Spot Programme is that anyone can suggest an intersection or section of road they believe should be considered for a safety upgrade.”

Cr Lloyd said the Black Spot Programme helped Council to perform one of its fundamental roles – to provide safe and efficient roads for ratepayers and other road-users.

“Parramatta is already Sydney’s second major CBD and continues to grow, so it is crucial that we maintain our roads to a high standard for motorists, pedestrians and business-owners,” Cr Lloyd said.

“I would like to commend the Australian Government on its investment in our local infrastructure. These upgrades will help all road-users to get to their destinations faster and potentially save lives as well.”

Mr Briggs said the Australian Government's record commitment of $500 million to the Black Spot Programme in the 2014 Budget would fix more roads than ever before and fast-track better roads.
“As a result of our additional investment, an extra 110 projects will be funded in New South Wales over 2015-16,” Mr Briggs said.

“Based on the outcomes typically delivered by black spot projects, these extra projects are expected to save an additional 13 lives and prevent 671 injury crashes over 10 years, and deliver economic dividends of around $214 million.

The projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and will be delivered during the course of the coming financial year (2015-16).

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