PM told to keep highway promise

THE Pacific Highway Taskforce says it intends to keep the Prime Minister to his promise on highway improvements.

Kevin Rudd said last month the Government had trebled its investment in the Pacific Highway and more funds were needed to hit the 2016 target of full duplication.

The taskforce chairman, Clarence Valley mayor Richie Williamson, said a deputation would meet with NSW Roads Minister David Campbell next week which could be followed by a meeting with his Federal counterpart Anthony Albanese.

Cr Williamson said a briefing last week by the RTA’s Pacific Highway manager Bob Higgins revealed 300km of dual carriageway had been opened with another 102km under construction and a further 50km approved.

“The remainder of the highway was either under environmental assessment or with routes identified and concept designs being developed,” Cr Williamson said.

“The improvements have seen fatalities on the highway decrease and travelling times improved by as much as 1.5 hours for heavy vehicles and 70 minutes for light vehicles.”

The Federal and State governments had pledged $3.6 billion for further works to 2014.



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