Mar 9, 2019

Media Release – Labor will fix one of Adelaide’s worst intersections – Saturday, 9 March 2019

A Shorten Labor Government will invest $20 million to deliver a critical safety upgrade to the Springbank Road, Daws Road and Goodwood Road intersection, renowned as one of Adelaide’s most dangerous.

Each day more than 60,000 vehicles travel through these intersections, which link the CBD, southern and eastern suburbs, and between 2012 and 2016 there were 21 crashes resulting in 24 casualties.

Currently the intersections are made up of two staggered T-junctions that slow the flow of traffic, creating congestion and causing safety risks for motorists.

Federal Labor’s investment will realign the current double intersections, replacing them with a single four lane intersection.  This will facilitate a smoother flow of traffic, improving safety and reducing congestion, making it easier for people to reach their destination.

Federal Labor will work with the South Australian Government to deliver the upgrade on a 50:50 funding basis.

Federal Labor candidate for Boothby, Nadia Clancy, has spoken with many locals, who have told her that this intersection is one of their major concerns.

Adelaide is a growing city and its annual economic cost of urban congestion is predicted to double to $3.8 billion by 2031 if left unaddressed. That’s precisely why investment in road upgrades, such as this intersection,is so important.

Today’s commitment follows Friday’s announcement that a Shorten Labor Government will invest $1.2 billion to deliver the next stage in the ongoing upgrade of South Road into a non-stop motorway, with priority to be given to the section between Glenelg Tram Overpass and Tonsley.

Only Federal Labor will deliver the investment required to support our growing cities, which is evident from our track record when we were last in government.

All up, we tripled annual investment in the State’s infrastructure to $273 per South Australian.

As part of this unprecedented capital works program we built the Northern Expressway, constructed the South Road Superway, upgraded South Road between Torrens Road and River Torrens, and extended the rail line to Seaford.

By contrast under the current Abbott-Turnbull-Morrison Government, Federal investment in South Australia will fall to $135 million in 2020-21. That means the State will receive just three per cent of the Federal infrastructure budget despite being home to seven per cent of the national population.

South Australia needs a Labor Government to deliver the railways, roads and other infrastructure that will boost productivity, create jobs and drive growth.