RAA welcomes investment boost as fair outcome for motorists
Wednesday, 3rd Apr 2019
RAA welcomes the billions of dollars of much needed funding to boost the state’s road infrastructure, as revealed in last night’s federal budget.
The state’s largest mobility organisation said the long-term increased funding was a fair outcome for SA motorists, who pay almost $1 billion in excise and GST on fuel each year.
The budget will return 53 per cent of the fuel excise levied on motorists to transport infrastructure nationally, a vast improvement on last year’s budget which only saw a 40 per cent return.
Several important projects identified by RAA as key to improving road safety and boosting the state’s economy are receiving budget funding, according to RAA’s General Manager Government & Public Policy Jayne Flaherty.
“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,’’ she said.
“RAA had already secured commitments from both major parties to fund the completion of Adelaide’s North-South Corridor, which is forecast to save a combined 40 minutes of travel time during morning and afternoon peak periods between Ashwin Parade and Tonsley Boulevard.’’
Another project strongly advocated for by RAA is the duplication of Victor Harbor Road, which has seen a 34 per cent increase in traffic over the past decade.
“That’s why RAA welcomes the federal government’s announcement to spend more than $73 million to duplicate Victor Harbor Road between Main South Road and McLaren Vale, by far the busiest section of this key thoroughfare,’’ Ms Flaherty said.
“Hundreds of millions of dollars have also been allocated for upgrades lobbied for by RAA, including Horrocks Highway, the intersection of Grand Junction and Hampstead roads and Torrens Road level crossing at Renown Park.’’
Ms Flaherty also welcomed the government’s announcement to create a National Office of Road Safety, one of the recommendations made by the National Road Safety Strategy Inquiry and supported by RAA.
“Establishing the office is one of the 12 recommendations made by the 2018 inquiry into the safety strategy, which RAA has been advocating for,’’ she said.
“RAA continues to call for the next federal government to commit to the staged duplication of the Dukes and Augusta highways, as well as the inclusion of Riddoch Highway on the National Highway Network.
“Our ongoing request is for significant investment to tackle the most pressing issues in the state’s road network, and RAA is calling for the major parties to deliver these priorities which will greatly enhance South Australia’s transport network for all road users.’’