Labor heeds RAA’s call to complete Adelaide’s North-South Corridor
Friday, 8th Mar 2019
RAA welcomes the federal opposition’s $1.2 billion pledge to complete the next stage of the North-South Corridor announced today.
Labor’s commitment follows RAA’s renewed calls for the next federal government to complete the two remaining critical sections of the corridor between Darlington and Anzac Highway, and between Anzac Highway and the River Torrens.
Today’s announcement follows years of lobbying by RAA for a non-stop link between Gawler and Noarlunga, which was a federal government promise to South Australians back in 2014.
RAA represents the interests of more than 730,000 South Australians, and completing the non-stop North-South Corridor is the most important federal road infrastructure project in South Australia, according to a recent survey of RAA members.
RAA Senior Road Safety Charles Mountain said finishing the North-South Corridor will enable South Australia to realise the full benefit of nearly $5 billion already invested in the motorway and unlock the state’s true economic potential.
“RAA has already secured commitments from both major parties to fund the completion of Adelaide’s North-South Corridor,” Mr Mountain said.
“Today’s federal opposition announcement, detailing the $1.2 billion investment and the location of the South Road upgrades, is positive news for South Australia.”
According to RAA, investing in the North-South Corridor will have flow-on benefits, including major reductions in traffic congestion on some of the state’s key routes, such as Port Wakefield Road, Main North Road and Marion Road.
“Reducing congestion is important, but safety is a major reason why this key corridor is one of RAA’s federal election priorities,” Mr Mountain said.
“Tragically, in the five years from 2013-2017, there have been 385 casualty crashes on the 10.5km stretch of road between the River Torrens and Quinlan Avenue.
“We urgently need a strategic approach for investment in critical infrastructure to reduce the unacceptable road toll and unlock South Australia’s true economic potential.
“So we encourage and welcome funding commitments from both the federal government and opposition on the North-South Corridor and our other federal election priorities.”