LAST year the Bucketts Way at Krambach was rated the ninth worst road in the State by motorists voting in the NRMA’s Seeing Red on Roads campaign.
This year, drivers are again urged to vote in the campaign, which aims to put pressure on the NSW and federal government to provide funding for road upgrades.
The Seeing Red on Roads campaign has been running for the past four years with motorists encouraged to ‘red flag’ the road they find most frustrating on the interactive map at mynrma.com.au/redflag.
Advance Gloucester vice president and Stroud resident Rod Williams has long been an advocate for improving the Bucketts Way.
“The continuing deterioration of the Bucketts Way is a priority issue for Advance Gloucester to help local councils access much needed funding which is obviously highly competitive across the State,” Mr Williams said.
“Last year, the Bucketts Way at Krambach came in at number nine in the top 10 worst roads in NSW and the ACT.
“It’s a far more significant result than previous years where the Bucketts Way only rated a mention in a regional context.”
Mr Williams said the only way regional roads such as the Bucketts Way would be upgraded was through campaigns like Seeing Red on Roads that bring them to the attention of State and federal politicians.
“As reported in last week’s Advocate, Gloucester Council indicated that even with a proposed increase in rates, the extra revenue raised would not be able to be applied to the Bucketts Way,” he said.
“All councils would be in a similar position, with total reliance on external funding sources for any future upgrades.
“If the general community wishes to see any improvement in the Bucketts Way, NRMA’s red flag survey is an excellent and easy way of documenting local motorists concerns and frustrations.
“We need to keep ‘Bagging the Bucketts Way’ to ensure that this deteriorating lifeline to our region is front and foremost in politicians minds, especially as it is used as a designated detour when there is a major accident on the Pacific Highway.”
The Seeing Red on Roads campaign opened on July 7 and ends on Sunday, August 31.