Coalition promises upgrade by 2016
THE Coalition says if elected in March it will complete the Pacific Highway upgrade by 2016, even sooner if possible.
The pledge follows a horror day on the highway on Wednesday in which two people were killed in separate smashes on the North Coast.
The member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said the upgrade had been ‘disjointed’ so far. “We need to assess the way the program is being rolled out,” Mr Fraser said.
“We have to make sure the funding is there. We are still asking why in recent years the Pacific Highway upgrade budget has been underspent.
“It’s a matter of getting on with the job and stop paying lip-service. We’ll make sure it progresses the way we expect it to progress.”
Mr Fraser said it would be very easy for the Coalition to say ‘we’ll have it fixed in double-quick time’.
“The reality is we have to make sure the resources are there to do it and the program is there to do it,” he said.
“Have a plan, roll the plan out and get it done as fast as you can.”
Mr Fraser said a Coalition government would dramatically accelerate roadworks to make the highway safer.