Rolls in with traffic busting bid

THE Liberals’ big blue election bus pulled up alongside Padstow Park last week with a promise of another $695 million to be spent on congestion busting measures.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian was joined by Roads Minister Melinda Pavey and Liberal candidate for East Hills, Wendy Lindsay, for the announcement of a series of measures to “keep drivers moving”, including $400 million for intelligent traffic lights which can ‘read’ traffic flows at 500 intersections across Sydney, Wollongong and Newcastle.

Ms Berejiklian said it would mean drivers would spend less time at red lights and sitting in traffic.

“We anticipate and hope that we can get 15 per cent improvements once this investment is done,” she said.

“It’s a significant investment, it’s a clever investment to ensure we keep traffic moving.”

Also included in the package is $95 million to trial digital parking and clearway signage and $200 million to upgrade major motorways, including the M1 between Gosford and Sydney, into smart motorways using technology to adjust traffic flows.

Ms Pavey said the spend would be on top of the $475 million already announced to introduce drone technology to monitor incidents in real time and to remove 12 pinch points around Sydney, including upgrades to Henry Lawson Drive at Rabaul Road and Haig Avenue in Georges Hall.