Travel times on the Newell Highway will be slashed thanks to the Liberals and Nationals delivery of more than 45 kilometres of new overtaking lanes.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said that only the Liberals and Nationals in government are delivering improvements to everyday lives out in regional NSW.

“The Newell Highway is the road and freight backbone of inland NSW stretching from the Victorian border to Queensland, that connects regional communities,” Mrs Pavey said.

“This upgrade provides more than 25 minutes in travel time savings that will deliver more jobs and lower freight costs.”

KEY POINTS:

  • BMD and Aecom have been selected to help the NSW Government deliver more overtaking lanes
  • The Newell Highway Program Alliance will deliver at least thirty additional overtaking lanes
  • This will provide around 25 minutes of travel times savings
  • BMD and Aecom will be responsible for the joint development, design and construction.

Member for Murray Austin Evans said that up to five overtaking lanes between Tocumwal and Narrandera will each be 1.5 kilometres in length.

“More than 2,560 motorists use this section of the Newell Highway each day, so it’s essential these improvements are made to provide safer overtaking opportunities,” Mr Evans said.

Member for Albury, Greg Aplin welcomed the Newell Highway Program Alliance that will deliver at least 30 additional overtaking lanes in an estimated four years, rather than the eight years it would take Government to solely fund and deliver this work.

“This is a big win for local communities. This partnership will deliver more overtaking lanes, in half the time for the same price.”

Liberal candidate for Albury Justin Clancy says it is a big win for all road users.

“Local businesses, trucking companies and those travelling to and from town will reap the benefits of these new overtaking lanes,” Mr Clancy said.

Since 2011, the NSW Liberals and Nationals have invested a historic $523 million on the Newell Highway and $31.9 billion on regional roads.

For more information about the project visit http://www.rms.nsw.gov.au/projects/western-nsw/newell-highway/index.html.