Black spot funding to save lives on New England roads

04 Apr 2018

Residents in the New England have received a major road safety boost today with the Coalition Government set to invest $1.49 million toward three projects under the 2018-19 Black Spot Program.


Federal Member for New England Barnaby Joyce said the road safety improvements would help save lives of loved ones travelling on local roads throughout the New England.


"Road accidents place a major burden on our region. It impacts on our emergency services, it impacts our daily travel, and most importantly, it places incredible strain on friends and families,” Mr Joyce said.


“Through this funding allocation we will see projects like a two-lane roundabout at the intersection of Moore Creek Road and Browns Lane, Tamworth ($800,000) delivered. This upgrade will also remove sight distance problems at intersection, reducing the chance of an accident.


“Motorists will also be pleased to see the Werris Creek Road, about 2.5km north of Duri-Dungowan Road upgraded ($497,149), a notorious section of road for residents, through the installation of wire rope barriers and road shoulder improvements. Meanwhile Thunderbolts Way, north of Baringa Road at Walcha ($192,657), has received funding for similar safety improvements.” 


Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack said reducing fatalities and serious injuries on our roads was a key focus of his role as Infrastructure Minister.


“Accidents on our roads cost Australians approximately $30 billion per year – let alone the pain borne by families and friends who have lost loved ones,” Mr McCormack said.


“On average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent, making it one of the most effective road safety measures the Australian Government has at its disposal.


“The Coalition Government has extended the Black Spot Program and is providing $60 million per year from 2021-22 onwards, building on the current $684.5 million investment from 2013-14 to 2020-21.


Tamworth Regional Council Mayor Col Murray has welcomed the funding announcements.


“This is great news – Council identified these as priority locations for road safety improvements and this funding now means the work can happen,” he said.


Walcha Shire Council Director of Engineering Services Dylan Reeves also welcomed the assistance.


“Safety is a high priority for council and this funding will directly facilitate us to improve safety on Thunderbolts Way, a key regional link in the shire,” Mr Reeves said.  


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