The Livestock, Bulk and Rural Carriers Association (LBRCA) has welcomed New South Wales State Government’s $8.3 million support for the upgrade to Bucketts Way, an important regional freight corridor.
NSW Roads Minister, Melinda Pavey, and Member for Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen and former LBRCA President, Jock Carter, joined the community at Limeburners Creek, near Weismantels Road and Craven Flat, to make the announcement.
“The LBRCA has supported council and the local community in developing and seeking funding for this important upgrade,” Mr. Carter said.
“This project is an example of what can be achieved when community, government and industry work together to achieve a better outcome for NSW businesses and communities, which are reliant on efficient and safe road freight services.
“Safety is a key component of the Bucketts Way Upgrade. The project which includes several safety initiatives, including the construction of passing lanes, will improve safety for all road users.”
Bucketts Way is a key freight corridor for movement of freight between Newcastle and the northern tablelands as well as being a significant tourist route.
“Those using Bucketts Way to access the northern tablelands realise it is less distance to travel to areas such as Walcha and Uralla,” Mr. Carter said. “This provides an economic and productivity edge especially for the agricultural and heavy vehicle transport sector on the northern tablelands.”