Safer traffic routes through better lighting

Motorists and pedestrians across the Dubbo electorate are set to benefit from improved street lighting, making our roadways safer for everyone.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the NSW Government is providing more than $280,000 to help the Dubbo Regional, Mid-Western Regional and Narromine Shire Councils install and maintain street lighting to improve road conditions for motorists traveling at night.

“Better visibility is a safety win for all road users, including motorists, cyclists and pedestrians,” Mr Saunders said.

“Under this scheme, we are compensating the Dubbo Regional, Mid-Western Regional and Narromine Shire Councils for operational costs associated with eligible street lighting, which will help reduce the number of night-time accidents.”

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said the Government was investing record funding in road safety to ensure people reach their destination safely when driving on regional roads.

“One death on our country roads is one too many and it takes a suite of measures to save as many lives as possible, like improving our roadside infrastructure,” Mr Farraway said.

“We have invested $640 million into the Saving Lives on Country Roads program, targeting locations in regional areas where chances of an accident are greater.

“We’re also installing 2700 kilometres of rumble strips – the equivalent of driving from Sydney to Adelaide and back again – along regional highways to combat driver fatigue.”

The Traffic Route Lighting Subsidy Scheme will help cover capital costs for new and improved street lighting, maintenance work, network distribution and energy consumption costs.

Councils can receive a subsidy of up to 50 per cent of the Australian Energy Regulator’s approved pricing to assist in rolling out a better level of lighting than otherwise provided on state, regional and designated roads.

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