More apps to help drivers and commuters

Smartphones have an undeniable presence in the lives of Australians, a fact that has not gone unnoticed by developers, corporates and even government bodies. Now, Transport NSW has joined the crusade with its own range of smartphone applications, or apps to assist the state’s road users.

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Nepean River Green Bridge

There is good news for Penrith residents concerning the Nepean River Green Bridge upgrade. Transport for New South Wales reports that tenders have been invited for the construction of the cycle and pedestrian access bridge between Penrith and Emu Plains.

The project is intended to provide an alternative to the Victoria Bridge, where non-motorists currently have to share the crossing with other road users such as trucks and passenger vehicles.

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Sydney CBD road upgrade underway

The city of Sydney, while having so much to offer its 4 million plus residents, also hosts some of the country’s most congested roads. According to TomTom’s latest Traffic Index report, Sydney commuters can expect to spend just under four days a year sitting in traffic, and it now ranks as one of the top 25 most congested cities in the world. It is time for some major road upgrades.

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Police crack down on road users in Sydney CBD

Last month marked the highest number of road fatalities in NSW since May 2013. According to the latest statistics released by NSW Transport, 164 people have lost their lives since the beginning of this year. Police decided to carry out a crackdown.

Police carried out a one-day operation in the Sydney CBD that resulted in a whopping 664 infringement notices issued to cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

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Leppington Upgrade

Work has begun on the final stage of the Camden Valley Way upgrade at Leppington.

An announcement from the Roads and Maritime Services confirms that Leppington road users will have a new road layout in the six weeks following Sunday May 17. A new intersection with traffic lights is being built at Camden Valley Way and Cowpasture Road.

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Dalgety Bridge Upgrade

The first stage of a major upgrade to the historic Dalgety Bridge across the Snowy River is scheduled to go ahead in May.

$4.5 million has been allocated by the NSW Government to improve the bridge, which is locally referred to as Buckley Crossing.

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Daily commute getting worse

A survey of 16,000 people from suburbs in NSW revealed that 34 per cent feel their daily commute is the worst it has been in four years.

The survey was conducted by the National Road and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) as part of its Congestion Busting Plan.

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NRMA plan for speed cameras

The NSW government is depriving speeding motorists a chance to self-regulate, according to the National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMA). Speed cameras may offer a way.

A recent statement released by the body suggests the current mobile speed camera strategy is affecting the way motorists regulate their speed. This is especially detrimental, if the ultimate goal is to get drivers to stay within the limit, and not raise revenue from fines.

In order to remedy this, NRMA has presented a proposal for fairer mobile speed cameras.

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School zone safety to be improved

The morning school run should prove much safer in the coming months as a planned NSW government initiative takes effect.

With the school year now well underway across the state, the government has announced a $10 million boost to school zone safety.

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