After reverting to type following the Mona Vale tanker crash last year, the NSW Ministry of Roads appears to be returning to the kind of inclusive and transparent organisation it has become since the O’Farrell (and now Baird) Government came into power at the last election, in 2011.
The latest opportunity for the stakeholders to have some real feedback into strategy and policy from Transport NSW and the Roads and Maritime Services is a call for those interested to provide input for the Newell Highway Corridor Strategy.
“If your community wants additional overtaking lanes to improve travel times and road safety, I want to hear about it,” said NSW Roads Minister, Duncan Gay. “If your retail shops want a town bypass to take trucks off your main street I want to hear about it. If your regional trucking companies need more rest areas along the Newell, I want to hear about it. Importantly, I want to see this local information and feedback included in the final strategy document.”
Unlike many of these calls for comment in the past, this one may well be worth reacting to. There is more funding available for road building from our ‘Infrastructure’ Prime Minister and the Newell has been identified as one of the key Australian roads in need of improvement.