Additional $196 million to save lives on NSW roads

The NSW Government has today announced an extra $196 million will be delivered to improve road safety in NSW as part of the Towards Zero Safer Roads Program.

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

“The NSW Government is securing a brighter future for NSW families. We are achieving this through our investment in road safety to ensure people reach their destination when driving on our roads,” Mr Farraway said.

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

“We have already invested $640 million into the Saving Lives on Country Roads program, targeting locations in regional areas chances of an accident are greater.

“We’re also installing 2700 kilometres of rumble strips – the equivalent of driving from Sydney to Adelaide and back again – along regional highways to combat driver fatigue.

“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 said the extra funding will build on the already completed 630 projects.

“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,” Mrs Ward said.

“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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