Pacific Highway cited as worst road in region

Date: Oct 16, 2015

While the entire population of Australia is growing, there are fewer regions experiencing faster expansion than Greater Sydney. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, around two-thirds (4.76 million) of NSW’s total population lives in the Greater Sydney region, as of June 2013.

This is obvious a positive point for the region’s economy, but is putting enormous strain on roading infrastructure and conditions. As such, authorities are working hard to improve popular routes and provide safe roads for residents. However, there is still a lot of room for improvement, based on the findings in the National Roads and Motorists’ Association’s (NRMA) annual Seeing Red on Roads campaign.

Worst roads in NSW/ACT

Residents in both NSW and the ACT were invited to vote for the worst road in their region and close to 8,000 had their say on this matter. According to the results, half of the 10 worst roads were located in Greater Sydney, with the Pacific Highway at Chatswood ranked first for the fifth time in a row.

Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta Road, Princes Highway and the M4 Western Motorway rounded out the top five.

NRMA President Kyle Loades explained that authorities are aware of the traffic and roading issues around Greater Sydney and are hopefully making good progress to alleviate this stress.

“The current routes will bear the brunt of traffic into the next decade and we can make some practical improvements that will have an immediately positive effect and won’t cost billions of dollars,” he said.

“Parramatta Road is a relic of the colonial era, but as we have recently seen, traffic information systems, signage and clearways make a difference. That holds for the Pacific Highway.”

The results also cited the suburb or town with the worst roads in the two states. That honour went to Concord in Western Sydney followed by Holgate (Gosford) and Beecroft (Northern Sydney).

Road infrastructure and conditions can play a significant role in serious accidents. With the road toll for 2015 standing at 271 – 8 per cent higher than last year – drivers need to take care on routes currently under renovation or repair.

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