The renewal of the Newell Highway
The Newell Highway is one of the most critical road corridors in NSW and continues to be energetically protected by the Nationals.
Thanks to the hard work of our members, over the past six years the Newell has received over $500 million in upgrades, reducing the crash rate significantly to half that suffered by users under the former Labor Government.
The importance of the Newell to local communities adjoining the transport corridor and to wider NSW is something the Nats do not forget. In the past six years over half a billion in infrastructure upgrades have been carried out, ensuring this vital stretch of highway is safer for all road users.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey was joined last week by Minister for Police Troy Grant – both Nationals members for Oxley and Dubbo respectively – to announce the completion of the $3 million upgrade to the Blackbutt Road intersection near Western Plains Zoo, one of Troy's key election commitments.
The increased safety of the Newell Highway will be a Nationals legacy which began under the guidance of outgoing MLC and previous Minister for Roads, Duncan Gay, who first removed the counterproductive 100km per hour speed limits introduced by Labor.
Due to the slower pace traffic was bunching along Western NSW's key freight artery and our increase to the speed limit was welcomed by the NSW Police Force and the NRMA. As well as this, Duncan oversaw significant investment into upgrading dangerous intersections and building overtaking lanes along the Newell.
This practical approach to safety has been carried forward by our new Roads Minister.
“This Government is investing in infrastructure to make NSW roads safer and this $3 million upgrade is a large part of that commitment,” Melinda said.
Troy Grant welcomed the recent upgrade near Dubbo, the booming capital of his electorate, and a city with strong jobs growth.
“As Dubbo expands, new construction projects pop up. The Kintyre area [near the Blackbutt Road intersection] of Dubbo is growing, residents and visitors deserve the peace of mind of knowing they have a safer route onto a busy road,” he said.
Image: Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey and Minister for Police Troy Grant inspect works carried out on the Newell Highway with RMS staff.