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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