Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders has welcomed the Interim Report into Road Classification Review and Regional Road Transfer, which has recommended the transfer of a number regional roads to state ownership.
One of those transfers put forward by the Independent Panel will see the route from Tomingley to Eumungerie via Narromine moved into state ownership, including sections of road within the Narromine township.
Mr Saunders said the NSW Government is broadly supportive of the recommendations, which recognise the significance of these roads to the overall network.
“The route between Tomingley and Eumungerie already forms something of an unofficial Newell Highway bypass around Dubbo, and we know hundreds of trucks are using it every day,” Mr Saunders said.
“This has taken a toll on local roads, and the Narromine Shire Council has really been on the front foot to have this transferred to the state government.
“Most trucks need to come into Dubbo, but for those that don’t, it’s my hope that this alternative route will be a safer and more efficient one into the future.”
Mayor of the Narromine Shire Craig Davies also welcomed the news.
“Having this road maintained by the NSW Government will significantly reduce the burden on our shire,” Councillor Davies said.
“What it will also do is really improve safety for truck drivers, and for local road users here in the Narromine Shire.”
The NSW Government has accepted the recommendations of the Interim Report for the transfer of 391 kilometres of priority regional roads to state management, relieving the burden on local councils and ratepayers.
Transport for NSW will now begin engaging with the relevant councils to plan for the transfer of these priority roads, and identify those in need of any upgrades.