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Worst ten sections of national highway revealed

21.12.2016

The Australian Automobile Association (AAA) today released a new report which identifies the ten worst sections of highway comprising the National Land Transport Network, and joined with Australia’s motoring clubs in calling for all governments to use the research to better target investment in road infrastructure.

After 40 years of continual improvement, Australia’s national road toll is increasing dramatically, with 1,273 Australians killed on our roads in the year to September: an annual increase of 86. More than 2,500 Australians are seriously injured on the road every month.

AAA Chief Executive Michael Bradley said: “Governments are rightly focussed on how to address the worsening road toll and this report highlights the areas of highway most in need of further investment in order to save lives.

“Australia’s motoring clubs are calling on all governments to make targeted, effective investments in road safety, and we urge them to use our statistically-based analysis to help make those investments.”

The AAA’s Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) report identifies the worst ten sections of the National Land Transport Network as:

State or Territory Number Highway Section
NSW M4 Western Motorway Parramatta Road, Concord to M7 Westlink
TAS M2/A2 Bass Highway Nine Mile Road to Stowport Road
NSW M31 Hume Motorway/Freeway South Western Motorway/M5 to Narellan Road, Campbelltown
QLD M1 Pacific Motorway Gateway Motorway to Logan Motorway
TAS A8 East Tamar Highway Alanvale Connector to Dalrymple Road
QLD M1 Pacific Motorway Smith Street Freeway to NSW border
TAS M1 Midland Highway Evandale Main Road to Howick Street
QLD M1 Pacific Motorway Logan Motorway to Smith Street Freeway
QLD A1 Bruce Highway Sarina to Mackay
WA M1 Great Northern / Victoria Highway Kununnurra turnoff to the Northern Territory border

The AAA’s AusRAP report examines the 247 sections making up 20,664 kilometres of highway under the National Land Transport Network. It ranks highway sections based on risk, determined from the length of road section, traffic volume and the number of casualty crashes.

Between 2010 and 2014, there were 15,339 casualty crashes on this network across Australia, including 924 deaths.

The AAA is urging those who live near or use dangerous sections of the National Highway to contact their federal parliamentarians. They can do so by visiting the AusRAP interactive website and following the prompts to send an email directly to their local MP about the sections of the National Land Transport Network that concern them.

For more information visit the AusRAP website at ausrap.aaa.asn.au

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