Safe roads are designed and built to be more forgiving and account for human error.
If a driver or rider makes a mistake, the road infrastructure can significantly reduce the chance that it will result in death or serious injury.
To do this we:
- Upgrade roads and improve road design, install new road signs, surfaces, markings and safety barriers, and remove roadside hazards.
- Assess long stretches of major roads in route safety reviews to identify road improvements and couple with enforcement and education programs.
- Separate road users as much as possible with median separation treatments such as wide centre line and median safety barrier.
In the 2018/19 Budget, the NSW Government announced a boost of $600 million in funding specifically targeted for dedicated road safety improvements and enhanced enforcement. This additional funding brings the total investment in dedicated road safety initiatives to $1.9 billion over five years.
The investment will help to deliver initiatives outlined in the Road Safety Plan 2021, which outlines priority areas to reduce road fatalities in NSW. As a result of the additional funding, the NSW Government is investing $640 million to Saving Lives on Country Roads and $180 million to Liveable and Safe Urban Communities over five years to 2022/23.
The 2018/19 program (Round 1) of the Saving Lives on Country Roads and Liveable and Safe Urban Communities initiatives rolled out 272 projects with a total investment of $120 million.
Read the complete list of 2018/19 projects (current as at 29 April 2019).
The 2019/20 program (Round 2) of the Saving Lives on Country Roads and Liveable and Safe Urban Communities initiatives will roll out another 224 projects with a total investment of $182 million.
Read the complete list of 2019/20 projects (current as at 15 February 2019).
Find out more about actions to deliver safer roads under the Road Safety Plan 2021.