Mar 3, 2011

Federal assistance to fix Toowoomba black spot

Federal assistance to fix Toowoomba black spot

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

Minister for Infrastructure & Transport

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

March 3 2011

As part of efforts to support the rebuilding of communities throughout Queensland, the Gillard Labor Government will immediately provide $1.15 million to install traffic lights at the intersection between Anzac Avenue and Canning Street in the Toowoomba suburb of Drayton North.

Originally scheduled to be delivered in 2012, this upgrade has been brought forward to address safety concerns at this intersection in light of the expected increase in the number of trucks using it while the region’s rail network is being repaired.

Based on the recommendation of an independent panel of road safety experts, the installation of the traffic lights is being funded out of the Gillard Labor Government’s Black Spots Program.

Over the last five years, there’s been one fatality and three people seriously injured in crashes at this intersection.

Since being elected a little over three years ago, this Federal Labor Government has provided more than $4.4 million to fix seven black spots across the Toowoomba Regional Council area.

Nationally, we’ve doubled funding for the Black Spot Program to half a billion dollars, with this record investment already helping to make our local roads even safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

An independent evaluation of the program found it prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1,500 serious injuries in its first three years, underscoring its effectiveness at reducing fatal car accidents.