CALLS FOR COMMUNITY TO HAVE THEIR SAY ON THE NEW ENGLAND DRAFT CORRIDOR STRATEGY
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Rail Kevin Anderson MP today called for local communities to have their say on the New England Highway Draft Corridor Strategy, which provides a plan to improve and maintain this important inland route between Sydney and Brisbane.
“The New England Highway Draft Corridor strategy focuses on improving traffic flow and safety, including works to make it easier for large trucks to navigate the route, with the number of freight vehicles expected to increase over the next 20 years,” said Mr Anderson.
“Amongst the short term priorities highlighted are upgrades to sections of the road at Bolivia Hill and between Belford and the Golden Highway, addressing safety through additional overtaking opportunities and increasing the number of heavy vehicle enforcement facilities.
“There are also plans to address traffic moving through regional towns with the construction of the Scone Bypass, and planning for additional bypasses at Muswellbrook, Singleton and Tenterfield.
“In addition, the strategy looks at ways to address natural occurrences like flooding that may cause road closures and systems to communicate important messages to road users during their journeys.”
The New England Highway Draft Corridor Strategy is available for community feedback until Tuesday 7 November. It can be viewed online at http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/hunter/new-england-highway/index.html with an online survey form provided for stakeholders and the community to provide feedback.
The New England Highway Draft Corridor Strategy has been prepared by Transport for NSW and Roads and Maritime Services. More information about network and corridor planning can be found at www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects-road-network-corridor-planning.