Heavy vehicle bypass support
Thursday, 2nd January, 2014
Support for a heavy vehicle bypass in the city to service the mining and agricultural industries has been listed as a key priority in the NSW Government’s Western Regional Transport Plan.
The plan follows the allocation of $3 million to the project from the Regional Development Australia Fund in June 2013.
According to the plan, the bypass will improve safety for residents by removing heavy vehicles from the main streets of Broken Hill.
Road maintenance was also highlighted as a priority in the Far West which is renowned for long travel distances and a low population density.
Private vehicles are likely to remain the dominant mode of transport, however the plan also highlights support for the rail and air networks.
Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian detailed the importance of public consultation during the formation of the transport plan.
“The plan will ensure our transport, roads and freight networks meet the needs of regional communities by addressing expected population changes, and responding to the transport priorities highlighted by local communities,” she said.
The region’s aging population is also tipped to pose a challenge, with residents aged 65 or over predicted to increase from 16 percent (in 2011) to 24 percent by 2031.