No South Road funding in Federal Budget
Wednesday, 10th May 2017
Motorists should expect significant delays to the upgrade of South Road following the lack of funding in last night’s Federal Budget.
Approximately $373 million was needed to upgrade the section of South Road between the Superway and Pym Street, which was the next section earmarked for completion.
Charles Mountain, RAA’s Senior Manager Road Safety, said the failure to fund South Road will cause significant delays to the overall upgrade.
“The lack of funding for South Road is a serious oversight,” said Mr Mountain.
“The Abbott Government had committed to a complete upgrade of South Road within a ten year period. Without a funding commitment for the next section, it’s very unlikely this commitment will be honoured.
“The uncompleted sections of South Road continue to be a major frustration for motorists and the transport industry, causing congestion on what should be a free flowing road.
“We ask the Federal Government to honour the commitment made by Tony Abbott that will ensure Adelaide has a non-stop North South corridor that reduces congestion and improves freight transport.”
Budget wins for motorists include the much needed $16 million funding for learner driver program keys2drive, and an extension of the Blackspot funding to 2021.