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OPEN ROAD 7
The Australian Roads Assessment Program (AusRAP) rates
the safety of our highways and provides a benchmark for best
practice. It’s a critically important program in a nation where
there’s not one five-star highway and where over 1270 people
have lost their lives on roads.
Locally, the AusRAP report identified two parts of the
Pacific Motorway as among the most dangerous in NSW.
These sections – from the Hawkesbury River to the Calga
Interchange and from Wahroonga to the Brooklyn Bridge –
collectively claimed five people’s lives in crashes from
2010 to 2014.
Even taking into consideration the work done to the Pacific
Motorway since the report’s timeframe ended in 2014, it’s
still a high-speed road that carries heavy freight and large
traffic volumes, especially at this time of year. Every life lost
is one too many and road deaths have a heartbreaking impact
on families and local communities.
What the report did highlight, however, is that considerable
work on the Pacific Motorway has improved it since the last
report over five years ago. That means fewer people are
losing their lives or being injured.
Improving motorways also benefits our economy. It speeds
up delivery of goods and makes life easier for tourists. The
Hunter and Central Coast have some amazing destinations.
Hunter wineries aren’t just popular for their wines anymore.
Tens of thousands of rock fans will head to Hope Estate in
February to watch Bruce Springsteen – one of countless
open-air concerts now held at the wineries.
From Palm Beach to Port Stephens, our beaches are among
the best in the world and the award-winning NRMA Ocean
Beach Holiday Park at Umina is located right on one of them.
January really is an ideal time to remember that some of the
best holiday destinations in the world are in our own backyard.
THE MANY BENEFITS OF SAFER HIGHWAYS
KYLE LOADES Chairman & Director
NSW Central Coast & Hunter (Keele Region)
Transport projects ensure NSW growth
More than $50
billion of transport
being built right now
and this push needs
to continue in 2017,
says Kyle Loades...
AS WE START THE NEW YEAR,
I want to reflect on 2016 and what
lies ahead for NSW in 2017.
A decade ago, the NRMA’s ‘Get
NSW Moving Again’ report identified
four major road projects critical to
Sydney’s growth. Construction is
underway on two: WestConnex,
which will do for Western Sydney
what the Harbour Bridge did for the
North Shore; and NorthConnex,
which will provide better links to the
Central Coast and Newcastle.
Planning has also commenced
for a better connection to the
southern suburbs via SouthConnex
(see page 13) and the Northern
Beaches via a Spit Bridge
alternative. All these roads will
transform how Sydney moves
forever, just as the M2, M5 and M7
did two decades ago.
But NSW doesn’t stand for
Newcastle, Sydney and
Wollongong. Roads are also the
economic arteries of country areas
and more needs to be done for
them. This includes considering a
more flexible model for public
transport in these regions so cars
aren’t the only option.
Roads alone certainly won’t
solve city mobility challenges, and
public transport stands to be the
big winner under this Government.
The next stage will provide a
second Harbour rail crossing, light
rail and the Metro – all crucial to
Conservative estimates have
more than $50 billion worth of
transport infrastructure currently
underway in NSW, with much
more to come. This is a once-in-a -
generation boom and we’ve not
seen this many cranes across
Sydney’s skyline since the Olympics.
Last year, Lucy Turnbull outlined
the Greater Sydney Commission’s
plans for Sydney’s growth. The
three-city model focused on the
Airport City west of the
M7, the Central City
based on Parramatta,
and the Eastern City
focused on the CBD.
The vision will first
come to life in plans for
the Greater Parramatta
and Olympic Park
transport system that light rail
offers will drive growth and
development from Westmead to
Sydney Olympic Park.
The bi-partisan approach to
planning between the NSW
Parliament and the Greater Sydney
Commission is a rarity and both
sides of politics in NSW should be
commended. We hope that 2017 is a
year of further progress for NSW.
The Metro/Train Station
plan for Martin Place.
I will be taking a journey on the
Rocky Mountaineer and cruising
Alaska’s Inside Passage this
September. NRMA Travel has an
exclusive package for Members.
I invite you to join me on this
adventure. Contact nrmatravel.
com.au or 1300 292 803.
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