By BELINDA SCOTT
NSW Business Chamber Regional manager Kellon Beard has welcomed a new report slamming the quality and safety of roads in NSW by the Australian Automobile Association and in particular the Pacific Highway.
Mr Beard said that the report supports what local businesses and residents have known for years; that the Highway needs to be brought up to the highest standard to save lives.
The report, "Safer Roads Save Lives: Star ratings for the Auslink National Network in NSW", uses a star rating system from one to five stars to represent the quality of the NSW road network.
Roads in NSW ranged from two to four stars, none were in the one star (lowest) or five star (highest) ranges.
And the report shows that of the 186km of Pacific Highway stretching from Port Macquarie to Grafton, 51 per cent (95km) is only of two-star quality and 49 per cent (91km) is three-star quality.
No sections of the Pacific Highway had a four-star average along this stretch.
Some of the worst sections of road were from Warrell Creek to Macksville and from Coffs Harbour to Woolgoolga.
"It is very disappointing that after over a decade of upgrade work on the Pacific Highway that none of the road has achieved at least a four-star rating in this report.
"Further north, 25 per cent of the Pacific Highway stretching from Grafton to Tweed Heads has a four-star rating," Mr Beard said.