NRMA keeps up pressure to fix Pacific Highway

WE already knew it, but NRMA President Alan Evans made it official yesterday – the Pacific Highway is the worst stretch of road in Australia.

Mr Evans and North Coast NRMA Director Wendy Machin yesterday began a three-day tour of the Pacific Highway on the Northern Rivers to draw attention to the most dangerous spots of the nation's most dangerous road.

“We have had 16 serious crashes over the past year, so it's crucial that we start to prioritise,” Mr Evans said.

Mr Evans and Ms Machin will meet with government representatives, lobby groups and community members along the way.

“Speaking with local residents who see the crashes and safety issues in their community will give us a better understanding of where the funding should go,” he said.

They will also check on current highway upgrades, including any impact they were having on road safety, while identifying key priority areas and black spots.

The NRMA's annual tour aims to maintain pressure on the State and Federal Governments to ensure they follow through on funding commitments.

“We want to ensure that highway commitments are being carried out and that any new problems identified are raised with the State and Federal Governments,” Mr Evans said.

“Funding is an issue of concern so we will use our powers of persuasion to make sure the appropriate amount of funding is allocated.”

Mr Evans said the State Government was known to make commitments and not honour them. “The dual carriageway from Sydney to Brisbane is aimed to be complete by 2016, and we are making sure the work on this will be completed,” he said.

Mr Evans said the traffic flow and crash rate on the highway were well above the national average. “We will keep nagging and knocking on doors until the highway has what it needs to be safer for the region's drivers,” he said.

“Every safety concern is critical as the impact on the families of crash victims is devastating.”

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