A win for motorists in 2013 Federal Budget
The peak national motoring organisation, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), has welcomed the strong focus on transport infrastructure investment in the 2013 Federal Budget saying it will make an important contribution to addressing worsening congestion and improve road safety.
"The support in this Budget for crucial transport infrastructure projects is well-targeted and will deliver long-term benefits for Australia," AAA Executive Director Andrew McKellar said.
"The commitment to key transport projects is essential if we are to address worsening congestion in our major cities and to improve safety and productivity on our national highways," he said.
The AAA, and its member clubs, launched the Demand Better Roads campaign last month to identify key projects in each state which are aimed at easing congestion and improving safety.
The Federal Budget provides funding for a number of the key Demand Better Roads priority projects:
New South Wales
- WestConnex - $1.8 billion
- F3 extension to M2 - $400 million to commence of works
- Metro Rail Tunnel - $3 billion
- M80 - $525 million
- Bruce Highway - $4.1 billion over 10 years
- Gateway North Motorway - $718 million
- Brisbane Inner Rail Solution (Cross River Rail) - $715 million
- South Road - $448 million
- Swan Valley Bypass (Perth to Darwin Highway) - $418.3 million
- Perth Public Transport Package - $500 million over ten years
- North West Coastal Highway - $174 million
- Tonkin Highway - $140.6 million
- Midland Highway - $500 million over ten years
- Brooker Highway - $25.6 million
"The motoring clubs of Australia have campaigned to highlight the national importance of stronger investment in transport infrastructure," Mr McKellar said.
"It is pleasing to see that a significant number of the projects identified as priorities by motorists have been recognised by the Government in this Budget," he said.
"It is essential these projects get underway as soon as possible without delays caused by disagreements over the share of funding between the states and the Commonwealth," Mr McKellar said.
"We expect that the Federal Government should contribute its fair share," he said.
"We will continue to highlight the need for long term reform of infrastructure funding to relieve some of the pressure on government spending and encourage greater involvement by private sector investors," Mr McKellar said.
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