No new money for roads
Thursday, 31st May 2012
RAA, South Australia’s peak motoring body, is disappointed by the lack of additional spending on road infrastructure in today’s state budget.
RAA Senior Manager Road Safety, Wendy Bevan, said the most effective way for the State Government to save lives and ease the burden of congestion is to invest in roads.
“It is disappointing to see that no money has been budgeted to continue beyond planning the next section of South Road, between Regency road and the Gallipoli underpass - not now or in the forward estimates.
“South Australian motorists are relying on the State Government to earmark the necessary funds required for this work to ensure its progress once federal funding can be secured,” said Ms Bevan.
While no additional money has been allocated for road projects, RAA is pleased to see the continued funding for South Australia’s rural road projects.
“Improvements such as shoulder sealing, rest areas and over taking lanes are vital in making our rural roads as safe as possible.
“We are pleased to see this funding hasn’t been cut. We will now speak to the government to seek detailed information on exactly where this money will be spent,” said Ms Bevan.
RAA is also pleased to see money allocated for the upgrades to the Goodwood and Torrens rail junctions. The upgrades will go some way to ease congestion and reduce traffic delays particularly on that section of the inner city ring route at Park Terrace.