NSW Roads, Maritime and Freight Minister Duncan Gay last week said the 2016-17 NSW Budget includes $9.7 billion to continue the State Government's "historic investment to build new and improved roads, boat ramps, wharves and freight rail lines."
According to the Minister, Budget highlights include:
- More than $2.1 billion to continue fast tracking major upgrades of key regional highways such as the Pacific, Princes, Central Coast, Great Western, Newell, New England, Oxley, Mitchell, Kings, Riverina, Silver City, Cobb and Bells Line of Road;
- $2.9 billion to continue widening and upgrading the M4, building a New M5 and getting the M4-M5 Link 'shovel ready' for construction (all part of the WestConnex project), and wider road integration works across the network;
- $283 million to continue major construction of NorthConnex;
- 338 million to continue building and upgrading roads to support Sydney's second airport at Badgerys Creek (including The Northern Road, Bringelly Road and Werrington Arterial Road);
- 147 million to continue building and upgrading roads which help service population growth areas in Western Sydney (including Schofields, Narellan, Richmond and Old Wallgrove roads);
- $160 million to continue major road upgrades to support the new Northern Beaches Hospital;
- $125 million towards easing Sydney's congestion (including fixing notorious traffic pinch points);
- $242 million to upgrade and maintain regional freight rail lines;
- $111 million to support productivity and safety for road freight in regional NSW including the Bridges for the Bush program, road freight upgrades and heavy duty pavements;
- $32 million to upgrade Sydney commuter wharves; and
- $21 million to support delivery of 192 priority regional projects under the NSW Boating Now program and other boating initiatives.
Mr Gay said the NSW Government will also invest $1.5 billion to help repair and maintain road, maritime and freight assets in 2016-17, including $224 million in grants to local councils.