Engineering safer journeys
Safe roads are one of the four elements of the Safe System approach, which aims to reduce the chance that a small mistake will result in a crash, or worse, someone being killed or seriously injured.
Safe roads are designed and built to be more forgiving and account for human error and vulnerability. Engineering treatments and safety improvements such as new road signs, surfaces, markings and barriers, help reduce the severity of crashes, as well as those that involve vulnerable road users.
Safer Roads Program
The Safer Roads Program is a partnership between the Centre for Road Safety and Roads and Maritime Services to deliver safer roads infrastructure throughout NSW. In 2018-19, the program will carry out 180 road safety infrastructure upgrade projects throughout the state to the value of $70.9 million, as part of a total program spend of $713 million over 10 years.
Read the list of Safer Roads Projects 2018/19 to 2019/20 (PDF, 690Kb).
The program identifies roads and roadsides with a higher risk or incidence of high-severity crashes, or crashes involving vulnerable road users. Targeted infrastructure projects at these locations use engineering treatments to reduce the occurrence and severity of crashes.
More information about projects within the Safer Roads Program can be found on the Towards Zero website.
Road safety review: M4 eastbound off-ramp at Church St near Parramatta
On the morning of 9 May 2019, there was a significant crash on Sydney's M4 Motorway near the eastbound off-ramp at Church St, near Parramatta.
The Centre for Road Safety recently completed a road safety review of the M4 eastbound off-ramp and surrounds (PDF, 2.1Mb), in consultation with Roads and Maritime Services, TfNSW Transport Coordination and other stakeholders. The review examined a wide range of data including crash statistics, road user behaviour and road safety treatments, and identified 12 actions to improve safety at the location.
Following the review, the NSW Government is fast-tracking $30 million in important safety work at the eastbound exit ramp at Church Street, near Parramatta, to alleviate congestion and improve safety.
The work at the off-ramp will include additional turning lanes to ensure motorists can experience safer and smoother journeys. The improvements around the exit ramp will reduce congestion and queues during peak traffic times.
Federal black spot program
The Australian Government Infrastructure Investment 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 in 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.