IT’S not a top-10 list to aspire to, but the Bells Line of Road has been named in the 10 worst roads in the state by motoring group NRMA.
The Bells Line of Road comes in at number five on the state’s worst road list, with the only other regional road mentioned higher the Pacific Highway at the notorious Urunga site.
It has also made the list in two other categories in the survey; number five in the most congested roads in NSW and a number two ranking in the list of the worst road surfaces in the state.
Bells Line Expressway Group chairman Ian Armstrong thanked drivers in the central west for the part they played in ensuring this road stays front of mind for state and federal governments.
“We see that people who use both the Bells Line and the Great Western Highway are sick of the treacherous conditions,” he said. “The current road improvements on the Great Western Highway are just keeping up with the current increased traffic - not making it any safer, easier or more efficient to transport people and goods from inland NSW.
“We are committed to keeping the pressure on the state government until we get some traction on a Bells Line Expressway and not just another round of consultation and feasibility studies.
“Looking at last year’s results from this survey, the Pacific Highway was the number one road flagged and it has continued to attract significant state and federal funding. Since our recent pressure and community engagement, funds have been announced for route surveys and preservation corridor studies but we will not stop our pressure ... paperwork doesn’t get us a better road or an expressway, people pressure will.
“The Deputy Prime Minister was briefed on the Bells Line issues just prior to the election so central west communities can be assured that we will be keeping the pressure up on the federal government for further support.”