Official Media Release

Michael Johnsen Secures $19.7 Million for Thunderbolts Way

Michael Johnsen MP today announced that he has secured $19.7 million for Thunderbolts Way under the latest round of Fixing Country Roads and Fixing Country Rail programs.

Mr Johnsen said that Thunderbolts Way Corridor Strategy is one of thirty-three projects across rural and regional NSW to be awarded a share of $135 million, boosting freight efficiency, capacity and connectivity.

“The new project will benefit the region by improving safety by upgrading priority sections of deteriorated road pavements along Thunderbolts Way,” Mr Johnsen said.

“This strategy will identify and prioritise key upgrade projects across two Local Government Authorities to move towards higher productivity vehicle access along the entire stretch of road.

“These upgrades will ultimately reduce travel times and operator costs including maintenance.

“Our freight trucks and trains carry our food, produce and raw materials that support the local community. These projects will ensure freight vehicles get to where they need to go”, Mr Johnsen said.

“These projects improve connectivity between regional centres, state roads and freight facilities, reducing travel times, improving safety, and they bring freight costs down.”

“Freight is worth more than $60 billion to the NSW economy, and our local communities get a share of that, so it is critical that NSW has a state of the art freight network as the global marketplace continues to become more competitive.

“Since 2011, The Nationals in Government have delivered more than six hundred kilometres of sealed roads, almost two hundred bridges upgraded and twenty-eight truck washes built or upgraded, all delivered through the Fixing Country Roads program,” Mr Johnsen concluded.

The Nationals in government have invested $557 million into 310 projects across NSW, under the Fixing Country Roads and Fixing Country Rail programs.

More details can be found online at: www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/programs/fixing-country-roads and www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/programs/fixing-country-rail.