Budget will help get NSW moving

Daniel Stanton 17 June 2014

Today's Budget has resulted in almost $5.5 billion in spending on NSW roads, including planning money for a number of new Sydney motorways, new funding for the Pacific, Princes and Newell Highways.

The budget has allocated funding for a number of key projects including:

  • $1.2 billion for the Pacific Highway to match the Australian Government's commitment of $5.6 billion;
  • $109 million for airport roads around Badgery's Creek ($20 million from NSW);
  • An additional $266 million to fast-track the construction of WestConnex;
  • $70 million for Central Coast roads;
  • $283.7 million for the NSW Road Safety strategy, including $240 million from the Community Road Safety Fund generated from camera detected fines; and
  • $10 million planning money for the F6 Extension.

The National Roads and Motorists' Association has welcomed the new investments, noting that WestConnex and NorthConnex will begin construction in 2014/15.

NRMA President Wendy Machin said the Budget allocation targeted critical projects in Sydney, the North Coast, the Illawarra, the Central Coast and Western NSW.

"Some of these missing links have been on maps since World War II and it's a relief for Sydney motorists that they're getting closer to reality," Ms Machin said.

"While we missed the 2016 deadline for completion of the Pacific Highway, announcements this year by the Australian and NSW Governments should ensure the Highway is completed by 2020 – a target we cannot afford to miss again.

"It was the NRMA's idea to hypothecate all camera detected fines back into road safety and this means almost $300 million will be spent on road safety this year.

"We are also pleased to see revenue from fines has fallen 3.3 per cent this year because this means safer driving.

Ms Machin said planning money for a tunnel under the Spit Bridge and for the completion of the F6 was long overdue.

"Sydney's south and Sydney's north have been crying out for congestion solutions for years - this planning money will finally see progress and hopefully deliver relief for long suffering motorists in these communities."