Aug 13, 2008

Rudd Government Delivers $1.5 Million to Fix Road Black Spots in Tasmania- Fundi

Rudd Government Delivers $1.5 Million to Fix Road Black Spots in Tasmania- Funding to Increase by 33 per cent next year

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese

Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

August 13 2008

The Rudd Labor Government has today announced that we will deliver more than $1.5 million ($1,535,000) to fix 17 dangerous black spots on local roads in Tasmania.

The projects include building roundabouts, improving dangerous intersections, installing speed warnings and traffic signals, and upgrading pedestrian crossings in Tasmania.

Minister Albanese said, "We are committed to reducing crashes on our roads. Accidents take a huge toll on families, our communities and the economy.

"That’s why the Black Spot program is a vital element in the Government’s plan to improve road safety. It targets roads that either have a history of crashes or a significant risk of crashes occurring.

"The Black Spot program complements our funding to major national infrastructure links in Tasmania like the Brighton Bypass and the North East Freight Roads.

"This is about improving road safety at both the national and local level.

"From next year (2009-10), the Rudd Government will deliver on its election commitment to increase black spot funding by a massive 33 per cent next year, up to a record $60 million nationally.

"The program has a proven track record of saving lives. At least 32 deaths and more than 1,500 serious injuries were prevented as a result of the program in three years, an evaluation by the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics has shown."

Tasmanian Consultative Panel Chair, Ms Collins said, "For every $1 spent on fixing black spots, around $14 is returned to the community through a reduction in the number and cost of crashes.

"From Hobart to Devonport, from Newnham to Brighton, we are fixing dangerous intersections to help reduce accidents and their costs to the economy.

"These projects were assessed and recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts. They included the Royal Automobile Club of Tasmania and the Tasmanian State Government."

Anyone can suggest a location or a section of road for black spot funding using a nomination form that can be downloaded from http://www.auslink.gov.au