Risky SA roads secure funding in State Budget
Thursday, 22nd Jun 2017
The State Government’s funding commitment to a number of South Australia’s riskiest roads in today’s Budget announcement is great news for road users.
RAA Senior Manager Road Safety Charles Mountain said it’s pleasing to see $305m for the duplication of Main South Road between Seaford and Sellicks Beach, as it was the top item on RAA’s Risky Roads list.
“Traffic volumes have been steadily increasing along this route as the urban sprawl has moved into areas such as Seaford and Aldinga, and we know from our Risky Roads campaign that road users feel it needs to be upgraded to meet demand,” said Mr Mountain.
A commitment to increase the road maintenance budget to $136m (an increase of $13m) is also welcome news for road users.
“We will be looking to see a substantial portion of that funding committed to regional roads, as our members have continually told us they’re concerned about the deteriorating condition of those roads,” said Mr Mountain.
“Making a greater investment in South Australia’s roads will can go a long way to improve safety and connectivity of regional communities, while also boosting tourism in these areas.”
Other locations from RAA’s Risky Roads list to be funded include Port Wakefield Road at four locations between Dry Creek and Lower Light, along with pre-Budget announcements for upgrades to Blackwood Roundabout upgrade and Oaklands Rail Crossing.
“We’re also pleased with the Government’s announcement it will upgrade of the intersection of Springbank Road, Goodwood Road and Daws Road as it will reduce delays at what is currently an inefficient intersection,” said Mr Mountain.
RAA was pleased to see South Australia’s share towards delivering the next stage of two major infrastructure projects included in today’s Budget.
“For decades we have kept the pressure on both State and Federal Governments to upgrade the entire length of South Road, so it’s good to see provisions have been made to progress the section between Pym St and Regency Road,” said Mr Mountain.
“The electrification of the Gawler train line is another major project that’s been on the cards for many years, so it would be great to see this progressed to improve this part of the public transport network.”
“We hope the Federal Government will make a similar commitment to contribute to these two projects.”
RAA was disappointed that no commitment was made for a speed camera commissioner for South Australia in today’s Budget.
“As we’ve previously stated, greater transparency is needed around speed cameras in South Australia,” said Mr Mountain.
“That’s why it’s important for an independent Safety Camera Commissioner to be introduced here to review both existing safety cameras and any applications for a new camera to ensure they are operating accurately and reliably.”