Worst roads in New England/North West as voted by locals

15 March 2019

The New England Highway at Uralla and Newell Highway between Moree and Narrabri have received the most number of votes in the New England North West region through the NRMA’s Rate Your Road survey, the largest transport 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.

Roads across the New England North West region received 455 votes.

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.

The top three roads across the region to receive the most number of votes were:

Rank  Location  Reason  Ranking 
New England Highway at Uralla  Safety  48/100 
Newell Highway at Moree and Narrabri  Safety  48/100 
Werris Creek Road at Duri/Warral  Condition/Safety  35/100 

New England regions with the most votes were:

- Tamworth (111)
- Uralla (74)
- Narrabri (46)
- Moree (41)

In addition, the roads and highways across the state to receive the most number of overall votes across the whole length of the road were:

Rank  Road  Votes  Rating 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 local Director Fiona Simson thanked the New England/North West community for their overwhelming response to the NRMA’s Rate Your Road campaign and said the data would be critical as the NRMA worked to improve the region’s transport network.

"More than half of NRMA Members live in regional and rural communities, so it’s important we stand up for the interests of all our Members," Ms Simson said.

"The fact that so many people completed this survey shows transport and road issues are at the forefront of the state’s concerns, particularly those in regional communities.

"Safety and road conditions featured prominently when locals had their say and this is not surprising - almost 80 per cent of fatalities on our roads happen in regional areas. For the most part, these are locals who drive these roads day in day out.

"I’m pleased to see in the lead up to the NSW Election that both sides of politics have pledged commitments to improving regional and rural roads across NSW. Regional councils carry a huge burden with low funding and lots of bitumen to maintain."

Contact: Bridget Ahern 0423 505 854