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In 2014 the NSW road toll was the lowest on record. At the
time there was a universal hope that this would be the new
norm. These hopes were short lived in 2015, when the road
toll rose to 326. This year, sadly, is even worse. At the time
of going to print 370 lives had been lost on our roads.
Families and communities get ripped apart with every road
fatality. When the news stories pass it is these families left
with the grief. What doesn’t get talked about nearly enough is
the cost of these fatalities to the nation’s economy – forecast
to be as high as $26 billion a year.
We know there’s no silver bullet to addressing this national
disaster. If only the solution was that easy. At the NRMA
we’ve always argued that the three pillars of road safety
must be enhanced with equal vigour – safer cars, safer roads
and safer drivers.
The Australian Roads Assessment Program report into
the safety of the national highway network, released by the
NRMA before Christmas, demonstrates how much work we
have before us to get our highways to a safe standard.
Technological advances in the safety of modern vehicles
mean there are more vehicles with the Australian New Car
Assessment Program’s (ANCAP) five-star rating on the
market than ever before. However, with more than two-thirds
of owners unaware of the ANCAP rating of their vehicle,
there’s still much work needed to make safety a main
Finally, the work of road safety experts in enforcement
of the road rules, backed up with ongoing education, must
continue if we’re going to ensure people make sensible
decisions behind the wheel.
We can’t afford another horror road toll. There’s too much
grief on our community already. Please slow down, take care
and get your family home from your holidays safely.
WE MUST BUCK THE ROAD TOLL TREND
CORAL TAYLOR Director
Sydney North and North-West (Howe Region)
Transport projects ensure NSW growth
More than $50
billion of transport
being built right now
and this push needs
to continue in 2017
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 roads are also the economic
arteries of country areas and more
needs to be done for them. This
includes considering a flexible
public transport model here 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 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
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.
KYLE LOADES Chairman
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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