Fed up with unsafe, underfunded and congested roads? We’ll you’re not alone.
Recently 15,500 road users took part in the NRMA’s Seeing Red on Roads campaign, which saw thousands of drivers vent their frustration with the state of NSW roads.
Over eight weeks, thousands of people responded to our survey highlighting a wide range of issues including too many traffic lights, poor signage and concerns with bus lanes. But it came as no surprise that issues to do with traffic congestion, not enough lanes and poor road surfaces made up the bulk of these frustrations.
For the second year in a row the Pacific Highway was the most complained about road. In fact almost 10 per cent of the votes collected put the Pacific Highway at the top of the list (worst roads in NSW). Most of those were long suffering drivers who use the highway to get to work, visit family or friends or holiday up the coast.
The Pacific Highway soared above other notorious roads such as the Princes Highway and the Kings Highway for a number of reasons. From congestion issues to frustration over lanes disappearing or merging, to the poor condition of the roads, it’s fair to say that these votes send the Government a clear message to finish the Pacific Highway.
In Sydney the five worst roads highlighted some of the most overcrowded and congested spots in the metropolitan area.
Parramatta Road took the dubious honour as the worst road for traffic congestion, the poor quality of the road surface and not enough lanes being the biggest bug bears for Sydney drivers.
The solution is simple. Problems on Parramatta Road will only improve once we build the M4 Extension, while congestion on Pennant Hills Road, the second worst road in Sydney, will only improve once the F3 to Sydney Orbital is built.
We undertake the annual Red Flag survey to give voice to the frustrated drivers who have no choice but to sit in traffic on the M4 or M5, or contend with local roads riddled with pot holes.
We all know we spend too much time in traffic and on unsatisfactory roads. That’s why we’ll continue to fight for better and safer roads across NSW because we believe drivers deserve better.
We don’t deny the enormous task at hand to build the roads NSW needs, we know these roads can’t be built overnight, but we need to see a plan that outlines when these roads will be built and how we’re going to pay for them. Is it really too much to ask?
For more information on the results of our Red Flag specific to your local area go to mynrma.com.au/redflag