Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Duncan Gay and Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today officially opened a new turning lane on the New England Highway near Timbumburi to improve road safety in the local Tamworth area.

Mr Gay said the intersection at Meadows Lane was previously dangerous and needed an upgrade - which is exactly what we have done - we’ve significantly improved safety by building a turning lane.

“Before the upgrade motorists were forced to stop in the middle of the highway and wait for oncoming traffic to clear before turning right,” Mr Gay said.

“This was a major safety concern as vehicles travelling south had to move off the highway to avoid the vehicle stopped in the middle of the road.

“Improving locations like the one we are at today is a priority for the NSW Government – this new turning lane has made such a huge difference for all road users.”

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the New England Highway is the main route south from Tamworth to Newcastle and services local residents, heavy vehicles and freight.

“I asked Minister Gay to get this intersection upgraded to improve safety for locals and visitors alike,” Mr Anderson said.

“This is why I was so pleased to learn the $600,000 improvement work had been funded by the NSW Government and was thrilled to see the upgrade, which started in May this year, carried out so quickly.

“About 3,000 motorists use this section of the New England Highway daily, so it is a priority for the NSW Government that road users accessing Meadows Lane can do so safely.

“This government is committed to improving safety across the New England region and this project reflects that commitment.”

The new turning lane reduces the risk of rear end crashes by providing a safe place for turning motorists to wait.

The turning lane also improves travel efficiency by allowing heavy vehicles and other traffic to pass the intersection uninterrupted.


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