North Coast results released: Rate Your Road survey

12 March 2019

The Pacific Highway in and around Coffs Harbour has received the most number of votes for the North Coast through the NRMA’s Rate Your Road survey, the largest survey in the state’s history.

The NRMA has today released the results of the comprehensive survey which saw almost 10,000 roads receive votes from 23,400 people across the state. The Rate Your Road survey was launched by the NRMA in January to give voters a voice leading up to the 23 March NSW Election.

Participants were asked to rate their road on a scale of very poor to excellent (rating out of 100) based on congestion, condition and safety. Voters also rated local public transport services.

More than 2,400 people used Rate Your Road to have their say on local roads across the North Coast, including:

- Coffs Harbour (580 votes)
- Port Macquarie (485)
- Lismore (307)

Roads that featured prominently across the North Coast were:

Rank  Location  Reason  Number of votes 
Pacific Highway, Coffs Highway  Congestion  264 
Pacific Highway, Woolgoolga  Safety  166 
Ocean Drive into Port Macquarie  All  81 

In addition, the roads and highways across the state to receive the most number of overall votes across the whole length of the road and the ratings voters gave each road out of 100 were:

Rank  Road  Votes  Rank out of 100 
Pacific Highway  1,092  50 
Princes Highway  720  49 
Parramatta Road  668  45 
M5 Motorway  527  50 
Pennant Hills Road  518  46 


NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury thanked the community for the overwhelming response to the NRMA’s Rate Your Road campaign and said the data would be critical as the NRMA worked to improve the state’s transport network.

"In the past our Members on the North Coast have passionately expressed their concerns about the condition of the Pacific Highway and our efforts to get outcomes have seen much of the highway upgraded," Mr Khoury said.

This year voters have told the NRMA the Highway is particularly bad around Coffs Harbour’s centre and Woolgoolga.

"Campaigns like this do not go unnoticed," Mr Khoury said.

"The Pacific Highway upgraded should be completed next year and the Coffs Harbour by-pass by 2024. We are confident that once these projects are completed the Pacific Highway will no longer feature in these surveys.

"Rate Your Road has also uncovered local roads that are used daily by tens of thousands of residents and visitors that are clearly not up to scratch if we want to keep the region thriving.

"With just under two weeks to voting day and a Federal Election in the coming months this data will be invaluable," Mr Khoury said.

Contact: Peter Khoury 0439 133 115