NSW rolls out final stages of Safer Roads Program

A number of new road safety projects have been rolled out under the final round of the $822 million Safer Roads Program.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads, Sam Farraway, said projects under this final round include improved curve signage, widened shoulders, vehicle activated signage, rumble strips and flexible safety barriers.

“This final round of the program will see $89 million invested into funding 24 new regional projects as well as a number of ongoing projects in regional NSW,” he said.

“The Safer Roads Program is estimated to prevent about 1500 serious injuries and deaths on NSW roads over 15 years.”

During 2022/23, $37 million will also be invested into 20 new projects in metropolitan areas through the Liveable and Safe Urban Communities Initiative.

Farraway said the Safer Roads Program has two initiatives – the Saving Lives on Country Roads Initiative and the Liveable and Safe Urban Communities Initiative.

“Country people make up about a third of NSW’s population but over the past five years deaths on country roads made up 67 per cent of our road toll,” he said.

“The NSW Government is committed to reducing this trauma and that is why the majority of funding for the Safer Roads Program has been invested in regional NSW.”

The Safer Roads Program is delivered in partnership with local councils, funded through the Community Road Safety Fund.

In other news, a trucking company operator has called for the installation of warning lights on the Midland Highway approach to Buninyong.