Budget Tackles Urban Transport and Safety
Australia’s peak motoring organisation, the Australian Automobile Association, is pleased to see the Rudd Government commit $3.4 billion to road infrastructure projects as part of its $8.5 billion in new funding towards the development of road, rail and port infrastructure around the country.
AAA Executive Director, Mike Harris, said the new funding will go towards much-needed development and maintenance of some of Australia’s highest accident risk sections of highway, including the Pacific Highway in NSW and the Bruce Highway in Queensland.
“The Government has recognised the importance of upgrading some of these “killer” sections of the Australian highway network,” Mr Harris said.
“It is pleasing to see a strengthening and integration as far as transport planning and network planning outcomes designed to assist traffic management in cities.
“These urban projects will ensure a mix of transport options, revitalise cities and provide real commuter benefits.”
“The Budget has also addressed AAA concerns about Black Spot funding and boom gates, but we are disappointed there is no funding for the Australasian New Car Assessment Program, which crash tests new cars and provides car buyers with important safety information.
“Overall, the Rudd Government has continued its emphasis on developing vital community infrastructure in urban and regional areas.”