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Hunter drivers vote Pacific Highway worst

Author: Cie'Jai Leggett Date: 28 May 2012

The Pacific Highway has been voted the worst road in the Hunter region, according to Australia's largest road survey - the NRMA's Seeing Red on Roads campaign.

Hunter drivers flagged the Pacific Highway as the most frustrating road in the region. They also listed traffic, narrow lanes, not enough lanes and restricted visibility as their biggest concerns.

Broke Road at Pokolbin and Bucketts Way at Allworth were voted second and third worst roads in the Hunter.

The Pacific Highway not only topped the list as the worst road in Newcastle but was also voted the worst road in NSW.

More than 15,500 road users responded to the Seeing Red survey this year flagging hundreds of frustrating roads and highways that are underfunded or unsafe.

The five worst roads in the Hunter region were:

  1. Pacific Hwy at Bulahdelah       
  2. Broke Road at Pokolbin          
  3. Bucketts Way at Allworth                     
  4. New England Highway at Maitland
  5. F3 Freeway at Black Hill          

NRMA Motoring & Services Local Director Kyle Loades said the Seeing Red survey results showed that drivers were becoming increasingly frustrated with traffic congestion in the Hunter.

"Hunter drivers voted in force in this year's NRMA Seeing Red Survey," Mr Loades said.

"Local drivers have made it quite clear they have had enough of driving on roads that are congested, have not enough lanes or restricted visibility.

"I don't think anyone would be surprised that the Pacific Highway has again been voted the state's worst road – but there are plenty of local roads like the Buckett's Way that pose a real safety risk for drivers.

"Nobody denies the enormous task at hand to tackle the infrastructure our region needs, but we can't delay it any longer - we need a plan that sets timeframes and priorities for building roads like the F3 to Raymond Terrace upgrade and makes it clear how they will be funded."

To see the survey results go to mynrma.com.au/redflag

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