NSW to receive $2.7 billion road boost as part of federal budget
The NSW Hunter Region and Western Sydney will see their roads upgraded sooner as part of the Federal Government’s commitment to fast-track $2.7 billion on state infrastructure.
The Federal Government has brought forward its investment into NSW roads as part of tomorrow’s federal budget which is expected to see immense spending in all sectors of the economy.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said he was focused on injecting some health back into the COVID-19 ravaged NSW economy.
“This latest investment will provide another boost to the local economy and is part of our plan to support an estimated 8,000 direct and indirect jobs across the state,” he said.
The following roads will be among those being fast-tracked:
- $560 million for the Singleton Bypass on the New England Highway
- $360 million for the Newcastle Inner City Bypass between Rankin Park and Jesmond
- $120 million for an upgrade of the Prospect Highway in Western Sydney
- $491 million for the Coffs Harbour Bypass
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said the spending would be fast-tracked as part of a previously announced 10-year plan of $100 billion in road infrastructure.
He said he had been in contact with the Berejiklian Government to discuss the projects and wanted the state to pledge money too.
“We want state and territory governments to invest as well, that’s why I contacted all the state governments last night to tell them about this approach,” he said.
“They absolutely know we’ve brought forward money even from last year’s mid-year economic fiscal outlook.”
The Prospect Highway has been at capacity for over a year and average travel speed during peak periods is about 30 kilometres per hour.
The single lane road will become a four-lane divided highway with the additional funding as it prepares for major traffic volume growth over the next 25 years.
Singleton Mayor Sue Moore said the bypass on the New England Highway would be of huge benefit to the town, removing traffic and trucks from the main street.
“It’s great news, absolutely great news to hear that we’ve got substantial funding for the bypass,” she said.
“The detailed design plan will obviously take two years, but funding on the board now and we’ll get on and build the bypass as soon as possible.”
Newcastle Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen said it had been a long wait for funding for the final stage of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass.
He said money had been promised in the NSW budget every year since 2014.
“This is certainly welcome funding for the region, this has been a road project that has long been promised, going back very many decades, and will deliver substantial improvements for commuters coming from the south into Newcastle and further north.”
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the upgrades would be fantastic for commuters, especially for those in regional areas, but most importantly they would provide much needed jobs.
“The Federal Government and the State Government have been working very closely together, talking about the projects that are going to make the biggest difference on the ground to those local communities.”