VITAL INFRASTRUCTURE UPGRADES TO IMPROVE HEAVY VEHICLE SAFETY
Regional areas across New South Wales will benefit from more than $54.6 million in upgrades to key freight routes through round five of the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme.
The programme, which aims to increase the productivity and safety of heavy vehicles, will see funding distributed across regional and rural areas to improve existing road freight networks.
The Australian Government will partner with the New South Wales Government and local councils to deliver the upgrades.
Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said the improvements would benefit both freight operators and the community.
“Local farmers and manufacturers will be able to get goods to market much quicker, improving our national productivity and competitiveness. And by upgrading these routes, all motorists will enjoy better, safer and more reliable road access,” Mr Chester said.
“The Australian Government has identified safety and productivity upgrades for heavy vehicles as a national priority, and we are continuing to roll out projects that will not only improve lives, but also save lives.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Regional Roads and Rail, Kevin Anderson said this supports the delivery of the NSW Government’s Fixing Country Road programme which is addressing freight constraints on council-owned roads.
“Right across Country NSW we are working with councils to improve their roads to better connect local and regional roads to state highways and key freight hubs like grain silos, saleyards, rail heads, supermarket distribution centres and depots to get products from paddock to port more efficiently,” Mr Anderson said.
“Improved freight means a reduction in transport costs for local industries and businesses resulting in cheaper products at market for ratepayers, it also means less ‘wear and tear’ on council owned roads and I am proud the NSW and Federal Governments are working together to deliver vital upgrades.”
Each of the road projects were selected as part of a competitive, merit based process. The list of successful projects under Round Five is at Attachment A.
More on the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme is available online at www.infrastructure.gov.au/hvspp.