NSW country roads to get $600 million boost

Dangerous country roads across NSW will get safety upgrades thanks to a $600 million funding boost.

The NSW government on Sunday announced the money would be spent installing wire rope barriers, tactile line markings and extra highway patrol officers in regional areas.

“Any loss of life on our roads is one too many and so this investment is about making our roads safer for everyone in NSW,” NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said in a statement.

It’s part of a bigger $1.9 billion road safety package promised over the next five years.

Priority areas in the package include $640 million to improve country road infrastructure with safety upgrades, $250 million for enhanced enforcement including 50 additional highway patrol officers in regional areas, and $180 million to increase liveability and safety in urban communities through infrastructure safety upgrades for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users.

Roads Minister Melinda Pavey said the government was investing in initiatives proven to lower the road toll. Addressing speeding, drink and drug driving, driver fatigue and pedestrian and cyclist safety were top priorities.

The Road Safety Plan 2021 can be viewed here.

The state budget will be handed down on June 19.

Source: AAP