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Seeing Red on Roads 2015 results released
One of the busiest highways in NSW has topped the Seeing Red on Roads poll for the fifth year running, but it’s the unlikely top 10 appearance by a neighbourhood street that has truly demonstrated democracy in action.
Almost 8000 road users once again voted the Pacific Highway at Chatswood as the worst road in NSW or the ACT followed by Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta Road, Princes Highway and the M4 Western Motorway.
But it was the appearance of Wattle Tree Road in Holgate – a Central Coast hamlet – in sixth spot that best illustrated the people power potential of Seeing Red on Roads.
Local students and parents encouraged the community to engage with the SROR site via a social media campaign to draw attention to pedestrian safety around their school and managed an amazing result, with Holgate very nearly topping the poll of worst-affected location.
Watch our results video below to check out all the stats from this year's Seeing Red on Roads
While greater Sydney roads filled five of the top 10 places, there was noticeably less red mist around the M5 West at Padstow: the freeway ran third in NSW/ACT in 2014 but this year it placed ninth, an improvement attributed to the widening of the road at former congestion points.
NRMA President Kyle Loades said that the M5 – whose positive results were reflected in the Travel Times study last month – was instructive.
“WestConnex, NorthConnex and the North-West Rail Link will change Sydney for the better forever, yet we don’t need to await their completion to make things better,” he said.
“The current routes will bear the brunt of traffic into the next decade and we can make some practical improvements that will have an immediately positive effect and won’t cost billions of dollars.
“Parramatta Road is a relic of the colonial era but as we have recently seen, traffic information systems, signage and clearways make a difference: that holds for the Pacific Highway too.”
Mr Loades also praised the students and parents at Holgate Public School, whose efforts have been rewarded so spectacularly.
“This is why the NRMA places the tools of advocacy at your disposal,” he said.
Some 55,000 people have taken part on Seeing Red on Roads since its inception in 2011 and voters have consistently seen red over Pennant Hills Road, Parramatta Road, the M4 and the M5.
“The NRMA’s Travel Times study showed that commuting on the M4 takes on average 10 minutes longer than in 2007,” Mr Loades said.
“The case for completing Sydney’s road and public transport network has never been stronger.”
Beyond Greater Sydney, the Princes, Barton and Kings Highways rated poorly among the 7694 respondents who made a combined 13,342 clicks on the Seeing Red interactive map via the NRMA’s website or in person at the NRMA’s 22 Fit to Drive Forums held during August and September.
Find the worst offending roads in your area with our interactive heat map below. Simply zoom in to search for the worst roads, or type your suburb followed by your state/territory or ‘Australia’.
10 Worst Roads in NSW/ACT
Pennant Hills Road
M4 Western Motorway
Wattle Tree Road (Holgate)
Great Western Highway
10 suburbs and towns with the worst roads in NSW/ACT
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