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NSW announces $8.5 billion roads, maritime and freight budget

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Staff Writer | June 21, 2017
NSW Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey announced $8.5 billion to continue building and improving state's road, maritime and freight infrastructure, tackling congestion and reducing travel times, boosting freight productivity and making NSW roads and waterways safer.
Melinda Pavey
Transportation   Population continues to grow
Pavey said this Budget balances the NSW Government’s commitments to people living in both regional and metropolitan areas of the state.

“We’re tackling congestion in the city, building and upgrading roads in regional areas, and providing the critical freight infrastructure improvements the bush needs to support its growing businesses and communities,” she said.

“This Budget is also focused on making our roads safer, whether they are in Bourke or Bankstown, Cooma or Camden - the lives of road users matter everywhere and that’s why we’re sharing the safety spend across the state.

“Tackling congestion is a focus of this Budget, with current estimates showing that traffic congestion costs us $6.1 billion a year.

“As Sydney’s population continues to grow, so will demands on our roads. The congestion busting and road building investment in this budget means people will spend more time with their families and less time in traffic jams.”