NSW commits more money to road safety

NSW Government says extra funding proves commitment to road safety

The NSW Government pledges more money to make its regional roads safer

The New South Wales (NSW) government has said an additional $196 million will be provided to improve road safety in the state under the Towards Zero Safer Roads scheme.

Regional Transport and Roads Minister Sam Farraway said the scheme is a key initiative of the new Road Safety Action Plan 2026 which aims to build a safer road network.

“The NSW Government is ensuring a brighter future for NSW families through our investment in road safety to ensure people reach their destination when driving on our roads,” said Farraway.

“One death on our country roads is one too many and we need a series of measures to save as many lives as possible, such as improving our road infrastructure.”

The additional funding comes after the New South Wales government previously invested $640 million in the Saving Lives on Country Roads program which targeted regional locations where the risk of crashes was higher.

“We’re also installing 2,700 kilometers of soundtracks – the equivalent of driving from Sydney to Adelaide and back – along regional highways to combat driver fatigue,” Farraway said.

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“The extra $196 million means more soundtracks, more audio touch line marking and more crash barriers. It means more lives saved on country roads.”

Metropolitan Roads Minister Natalie Ward said the additional funding would build on the 630 projects already completed.

“It’s a program that works, with the Safer Roads 2021 program estimated to have prevented 1,500 serious injuries and fatalities on NSW roads over 15 years,” Ward said.

“The funding will go towards improving intersections and installing safety measures such as pedestrian islands and improved traffic signals.

“This is a government investing in local communities carrying out projects to ensure we are safe on our roads and returning home to our loved ones.”

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