Centre for Road Safety

Practical advances

Innovative and cost effective road treatments are vital to improve safety in NSW. Our research, crash data analysis and crash testing programs help identify where safety can be improved on the NSW road network.

This allows us to develop evidence-based policies and guidelines to support our programs. These initiatives improve the road network and help reduce serious injuries and deaths.

Federal black spot program

This federally funded program targets and improves black spots – sections of the road network that have a high crash incidence – with road treatments to reduce the types of crashes that are common to these locations.

Speed zone program

To improve safety and reliable mobility on NSW roads, we identify priority routes for speed zone reviews and develop policies and guidelines. Our speed management database supports our work across state, regional and local roads.

The database also provides speed zone updates that feed into our Speed Adviser app, which gives customers accurate speed zone information and warnings across the NSW road network.

On the Safer Roads NSW website, you can have your say on where you think speed cameras should be installed. You can also tell us if you think there are issues with speed limits and speed limit signs.

Safer Roads Program

Engineering treatments and safety improvements help reduce the severity of crashes, as well as those that involve vulnerable road users. The Safer Roads Program includes:

  • $70 million to be spent on vital safety upgrades to the state's road network in 2017/18.
  • Route safety reviews – detailed road safety assessments of long stretches of major roads to identify safety infrastructure improvements, as well as the behavioural and enforcement programs needed to reduce safety risks.
  • Pedestrian safety infrastructure program – to deliver treatments, such as pedestrian fencing, intersection signal upgrades and improved pedestrian facilities. New traffic signal phasing and infrastructure at 560 intersections will improve protection for pedestrians from turning vehicles. Find locations of the intersections in our Traffic signal phasing list (PDF, 28Kb)
  • State black spot program – state funded road treatments to target the types of crashes that commonly occur.
  • Run-off-road and head-on treatments – road infrastructure improvements, such as safety barriers, to reduce the number and severity of run-off road and head-on crashes.
  • Fatal crash response treatments – review fatal crash locations and improve infrastructure, including road surface upgrades, hazard removal and repair of road and roadside infrastructure.
  • Aboriginal communities road infrastructure program – deliver safety improvement works, such as improved signs and installation of shared paths, based on the needs of Aboriginal communities.
  • Local government safety infrastructure program – work in partnership with local councils to reduce crashes on local and regional council-managed roads.
  • Motorcycle safety infrastructure program – assess popular motorcycle routes and motorcycle crash locations to improve safety infrastructure, such as under-run protection on safety barriers to aid motorcyclists.
  • Cycling safety infrastructure program – develop and improve infrastructure, such as bicycle lanes and shared paths, to reduce crash risk for bicycle riders.
  • Intersection safety infrastructure program – improve the safety of intersections with infrastructure treatments.