Federal Government commits to fixing ‘black spots’ in NT and Victoria

The Federal Government has committed to improving road ‘black spots’ in the Northern Territory and Victoria, with $1.48 million for the Territory and $25 million for Victorias under the Black Spot Program’s 2019-20 funding round.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Michael McCormack, said the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to building safer roads right across the nation because one crash, one fatality is one too many.

“The Black Spot Program targets road locations where crashes are occurring, reducing the risk of crashes through funding safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations.

“The seven black spot projects being funded across the Northern Territory are an important contribution towards reducing the national road toll.”

Senator for the Northern Territory, Sam McMahon, said this investment in black spot projects would deliver safer roads in six local government areas throughout the Northern Territory.

“Funding has been allocated to road locations that have been identified as high priority, with 21 casualty crashes recorded at these sites over the past five years, including one fatal crash.”

Mr McCormack said the 71 black spot projects being funded across Victoria are an important contribution towards reducing the national road toll. With 326 casualty crashes recorded at these sites over the past five years, including 15 fatal crashes.

“The panel that reviews priorities for the program includes representatives from the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, the Victorian Transport Association, Victoria Police, the Municipal Association of Victoria and VicRoads.”

The panel also included representatives from the NT Road Transport Association, NT Police, Automobile Association of the NT and Territory and local governments. 

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport, Scott Buchholz, said the Black Spot Program showcases the Liberal and National Government’s commitment to making our roads safer.

“Thanks to the strong financial management from the Liberals and Nationals Government, we can target our investment to where it’s most needed so Victorians will be able to travel more safely across the state.

“I am proud to be part of a government that is not only delivering on its commitment to do more to reduce crashes on our roads, but is delivering the infrastructure that Australians want, need and most importantly deserve.”

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) has found that, on average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent.

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