June 21, 2016
- The record roads and transport spend announced in today’s NSW Budget is a much-needed tonic for congestion and will help make Sydney a more liveable city.
“This Government deserves credit for getting on with the delivery of mega projects like WestConnex and the Sydney Metro, as well as the second Sydney airport package of road works and NorthConnex,” said Roads Australia President, David Stuart-Watt.
“The continuing investment in the pinch points program will also do much to alleviate congestion across our existing metro network. Relatively small, targeted investments in things like road widenings, tidal flow schemes and traffic lights at bottlenecks can have significant flow-on benefits across the whole network.”
Mr Stuart-Watt also welcomed the ongoing investment in the State’s regional road network, as well as the $1.5 billion allocation for road maintenance.
“Maintenance and renewal of our existing road assets is one of the biggest challenges for all governments across Australia,” he said.
“We are struggling to keep up with the backlog, particularly at a local government level. Unless we do more to get on top of it now, we’ll pay a bigger price in the future.”
Mr Stuart-Watt said the roads industry was well placed to help deliver the NSW Government’s ambitious transport infrastructure program.
“Through Roads Australia, the private and public sectors are working together to improve areas like procurement and embed greater innovation in project design and delivery, ensuring taxpayers get real value for every dollar spent,” he said.