More than $400 million in road safety funding en route for NSW, with the Blue Mountains a big winner
Hundreds of road safety projects are rolling out across New South Wales, in a more than $400 million blitz designed to reduce road trauma and save lives, with the Blue Mountains receiving more than $4.7 million in funding.
Local projects funded under tranche 1 of the Road Safety Program include:
- Great Western Highway, Faulconbridge shoulder widening and roadside barrier relocation
- Great Western Highway, Medlow Bath intersection upgrades: Foy Avenue and Bellevue Crescent; and
- Installation of High Pedestrian Activity Area traffic calming features in Katoomba Town Centre
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the Australian and NSW Governments were working tirelessly to ensure works start immediately and are completed by June to get people home sooner and safer.
“As someone who proudly lives, works and has raised a family in regional NSW, I know just how important safe, efficient road connections are to local communities,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.
“That’s why we are rolling out this funding to deliver lifesaving upgrades including shoulder sealing, rumble strips to alert drivers when they are moving out of their lane, median upgrades to prevent head-on collisions and barriers to prevent run-off-road crashes and protect against roadside hazards.
“This investment won’t just save lives, it will also provide a shot in the arm to local economies as we come back from the COVID-19 recession, with these projects expected to support more than 2,500 direct and indirect jobs.”
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said safety barriers, rumble strips and wide centrelines were among the measures being rolled out under the program designed to save lives.
“As part of this investment, 261 priority projects will be delivered across NSW – 150 of these on regional roads, building on our vision of a safer, stronger regional NSW,” Mr Toole said.
“These projects will help prevent the loss of more than 538 lives and serious injuries on our roads over the project life – that’s the difference between 538 people making it home safely to their families at the end of the day.”
Liberal Senator for Western Sydney, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said investment was part of Australia’s National Economic Recovery Plan.
“Fixing roads is a key part of the Morrison Government’s plan for the Blue Mountains because we understand the importance of a safer, more efficient local road network,” Senator Payne said.
“The funding we are delivering targets safety concerns at select pinch points, benefiting motorists, cyclists and residents alike.
“Importantly, each of these road infrastructure projects will also support the Blue Mountains economy as we continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Morrison Government has a strong track record of delivering funding for local road upgrades, with multi-million funding allocations flowing, including from the Roads to Recovery and Black Spot Programs.”
Government Member of the Legislative Council and Blue Mountains resident Shayne Mallard said both Governments were doing everything possible to get Blue Mountains residents home sooner and safer.
“As a Blue Mountains resident I know how dangerous the highway can be for locals. That’s why every dollar to road safety is welcomed by our community.”
The Australian Government’s funding for the Road Safety Program is subject to ‘use it or lose it’ provisions and will deliver life-saving treatments on regional roads and to protect vulnerable road users across NSW, while also supporting local jobs and providing a welcome boost to local economies.
The ‘use it or lose it’ provisions require States and Territories to use their notionally allocated funds within a timeframe, or the funds can be reallocated to projects in other jurisdictions.
In total, the Australian Government has committed up to $300 million and the NSW Government a further $108.2 million to fund the state-wide upgrades under tranche one.
For more information on the Australian Government’s road safety initiatives, visit www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au.