Heavy vehicles will soon be able to access Five Chain Lane in Parkes rain, hail or shine thanks to funding provided by the NSW Nationals Government.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey today announced that Parkes Shire Council has secured $1.3 million under the latest round of Fixing Country Roads and Fixing Country Rail programs.

“Fixing Country Roads program has reached almost $346 million, funding vital road upgrades delivering better connections to local communities,” Mrs Pavey said.

“Freight is worth more than $60 billion to the NSW economy. 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 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.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Western NSW Rick Colless said that the upgrade to Five Chain Lane is one of thirty-three projects across regional NSW to be awarded a share of $135 million, boosting freight efficiency, capacity and connectivity.

“Currently due to wet weather some sections of Five Chain Lane cannot be accessed by heavy vehicles. This stops the operation of Bettergrow and potentially access to a new mine site.

“Sealing, widening and improving drainage along this road will provide safe passage for all road users and access in all weather conditions for heavy vehicles transporting commodities such as grain and livestock.

“This project is also the last mile upgrade needed to support the transport of the bio waste from Sydney to the Parkes Shire location, and will enable Bettergrow, who has contributed $300,000 towards the project, to grow and diversify its operations.”

Mayor Cr Ken Keith of Parkes Shire Council thanked the NSW Government and Minister Pavey for their investment in the upgrade of Five Chain Lane in Parkes.

"The commitment by the State Government today to invest Fixing Country Roads money into this important regional freight link will ensure that the full economic benefit of proposed developments are realised,” Cr Keith said.

"This funding will also ensure this critical transport artery is safe for all users and accessible all year round."

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 Transport NSW Roads and Transport NSW Rail.