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NSW government announces major country road freight funding

The NSW government is helping heavy vehicle operators access regional routes in the state through its latest funding package

The New South Wales government has announced it plans to invest more than $80 million into upgrading critical freight routes in regional NSW to improve road access for heavy vehicles.

Regional transport and roads minister Sam Farraway says the latest round of funding comes under the Fixing Country Roads program, which aims to deliver road upgrades to fast-track journeys for freight operators while driving down the cost of goods to market.

“The NSW government is strengthening our supply chain to keep our state moving forward,” Farraway says.

“Every 100 kilometres out of a truck driver’s way costs more than $300, so helping councils build the infrastructure to reduce time on the road will ultimately reduce costs for families at the supermarket check-out.

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“We know that cost-of-living pressures are hurting household budgets, which is why a re-elected NSW government will work to keep strengthening our supply chain by upgrading freight rail and road infrastructure and appointing a new Supply Chain Commissioner.”

Alongside this idea to appoint a Supply Chain Commissioner, the latest funding is set to benefit all regional road users, ranging from school bus drivers to other transport operators.

“Better surfaces and wider lanes can lead to fewer accidents and less travel time, reducing fatigue risks,” Farraway says.

The latest round of funding brings the total number of projects funded through the Fixing Country Roads Program to more than 340 across over 80 regional NSW councils.

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