MAJOR ROAD UPGRADE GETS STATE BACKING
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced $1.566million for the upgrade of Appleby Lane under round two of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Roads program.
Mr Anderson said the upgrade will better connect the Oxley Highway into the Glen Artney Industrial precinct.
“There’s nothing worse for a local economy than roads and bridges not being up to the task of carrying freight in an efficient and cost effective manner.
“By providing this funding to open up 20km of road to HML vehicles we’ll see benefits to the movement of livestock, grain and quarry materials.
“Importantly the project has significant industry contribution, as well as co-contribution from Tamworth Regional Council and we are hoping that we will also see a funding commitment from the Federal Government.
“The NSW Government is investing historic levels of funding to build better infrastructure right across NSW, and it’s great to see that our local region is seeing its fair share.
“In the last term of the Labor State Government regional roads and cities were practically ignored so it’s great to see these investments from the NSW Liberal and National Government that will see regions like ours grow.”
Councillor Phil Betts, Regional Local Traffic Committee Chairman said the upgrade will assist in delivering improved services and efficiencies.
“Freight access will be improved by providing a northern bypass for the city of Tamworth which will have a positive impact on productivity and economic growth by reducing heavy vehicle wear and tear,” he said.
“It will also provide a distance saving for freight, resulting in a direct economic benefit to the transport industry alone of $587,812 per year.
“I would like to congratulate the State Government on supporting this project and encourage the Federal government to also come on board.”
Mr Anderson said freight pinch points were a particular focus of the current NSW Government and the Fixing Country Roads directly addresses those issues facing regional areas.