Regional and metropolitan roads in New South Wales are set to benefit from the latest and final round of the $822 million Safer Roads Program – a partnership between Transport for NSW divisions and local councils aiming to achieve the ultimate goal of zero deaths and serious injuries on NSW roads.
Started in 2018 for a duration of five years, the program helped carry out 203 road safety infrastructure projects across NSW in 2020/2021 to the value of $258 million.
The final round will see $89 million invested into funding 24 new regional projects, as well as a number of ongoing projects in regional NSW.
NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the Safer Roads Program consists of 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,” Mr Farraway 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.”
Of the $822 million since 2018, Minister Farraway said $640 million was invested into the Saving Lives on Country Roads Initiative, delivering 469 projects in regional NSW.
During 2022/23, $37 million will also be invested into 20 new projects in metropolitan areas through the Liveable and Safe Urban Communities Initiative.
NSW Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward said the Safer Roads Program is estimated to prevent around 1500 serious injuries and deaths on NSW roads over 15 years.
“This valuable program was set up by the NSW Government in 2018 and since then we’ve committed to delivering more than 270 projects in metropolitan areas in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong,” Mrs Ward said.
Projects funded under this initiative include improved curve signage, widened shoulders, vehicle activated signage, rumble strips and flexible safety barriers.
The Safer Roads Program is delivered in partnership with local councils and is funded through the Community Road Safety Fund.