NSW commits more money to road safety

The NSW government says the additional funding proves its commitment to road safety

The NSW government is pledging more money to make its regional roads safer

The New South Wales (NSW) government says an extra $196 million will be delivered to improve road safety in the state as part of the Towards Zero Safer Roads Program.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway says the program is a key initiative of the new 2026 Road Safety Action Plan that aims to build a safer road network.

“The NSW government is securing a brighter future for NSW families through our investment in road safety to ensure people reach their destination when driving on our roads,” Farraway says.

“One death on our country’s roads is one too many and it takes a suite of measures to save as many lives as possible, like improving our road infrastructure.”

The extra funding comes after the NSW government already invested $640 million into the Saving Lives on Country Roads program that targeted regional locations where the chances of accidents were greater.

“We’re also installing 2,700 kilometers of rumble strips – the equivalent of driving from Sydney to Adelaide and back again – along regional highways to combat driver fatigue,” Farraway says.

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“The extra $196 million means more rumble strips, more audio tactile line marking and more safety barriers. It means more lives saved on country roads.”

Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward says the extra funding will build on the 630 projects already completed.

“This is a program that works, with the 2021 Safer Roads Program estimated to have prevented 1500 serious injuries and deaths on NSW roads over 15 years,” Ward says.

“Funding will go towards intersection upgrades and the installation of safety measures such as pedestrian islands and traffic light upgrades.

“This is a government that is investing in local communities delivering projects to make sure we are safe on our roads and we get home to our loved ones.”

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