It’s official: the Kings Highway at Bungendore has been named the third worst road in NSW by the NRMA.
In its regular pre-election Rate Your Roads survey, the NRMA asked its membership to vote for the roads that gave them the most headaches – and thanks to the recent torrential rain and subsequent potholes, the need for new tyres.
NRMA spokesperson Peter Khoury told Region on Wednesday that the survey, which the NRMA used to do every year, was now held in the lead-up to a state election. He said for the 2023 survey, a record 28,292 votes were recorded for 10,800 roads.
Top of the list was Sydney’s Parramatta Road at Auburn, with 482 votes, named the worst because of its congestion and general condition, with the Lakes Way at Forster, on the NSW Central Coast, coming in second with 445 votes, also due to its condition and safety concerns.
The Kings Highway scored a total of 414 votes with concerns for road safety and general condition named as key reasons for the complaints.
But there was some good news for drivers who regularly travel the region’s other trouble spot – the Barton Highway from Yass to Murrumbateman to the border with the ACT. Although it featured in this year’s survey, with 98 votes for the stretch in Jeir between Murrumbateman and the ACT border, it fared significantly better than previous years.
In the past two surveys, 2015 and 2019, it was named the worst road in NSW.
Mr Khoury attributed this to the recent roadworks, including highway duplication plans, on the well-used stretch of highway.
He said the Kings Highway did not top the survey as worst in either of the previous two surveys.
Mr Khoury said one of the reasons the Kings Highway may have featured so prominently this year was because the survey was conducted in December last year, when many Canberrans were likely driving to the South Coast for the Christmas holidays.
The survey was released in Sydney on Wednesday, 8 March, with the NRMA planning to use it in an educational campaign across the state in the lead-up to the election.
“The NRMA today thanks those thousands of Australians who had their say on what is a critical issue facing our nation and joined a grassroots campaign to make our roads safer and more efficient,” Mr Khoury said.
“Today we release the results of this record-breaking transport survey and will spend the next four years ensuring this data helps drive sensible funding and policy outcomes across all levels of government.
“This community-led advocacy works – some of the state’s worst roads no longer make the list because governments have responded by investing in solutions. This has helped save lives, boosted our economy and got our members home to their families faster.”
Original Article published by Sally Hopman on About Regional.