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RAA says key highways must be part of federal funding increases

Friday, 29th Mar 2019

RAA has welcomed news of increased Federal Government funding for the state’s local road network, but said upgrades of major South Australian highways were urgently needed.

While supporting greater funding for existing schemes such as the Black Spot program, investment in key transport routes was necessary to improve road safety, increase productivity and future proof key corridors for subsequent generations, according to RAA’s General Manager Government & Public Policy Jayne Flaherty.

“Last week RAA called for duplication of the Dukes and Augusta highways, as well as the inclusion of Riddoch Highway on the National Highway Network, as key priorities for the upcoming federal budget and the next Federal Government,’’ Ms Flaherty said.

“Our request is for significant investment to tackle the most pressing issues in the state’s road network, and RAA is calling for the major parties to deliver these priorities which will greatly enhance South Australia’s transport network for all road users.’’

Ms Flaherty also welcomed the government’s announcement to create a national Office of Road Safety, one of the recommendations made by the National Road Safety Strategy Inquiry and supported by RAA.

“Establishing the office is one of the 12 recommendations made by the 2018 inquiry into the safety strategy, which RAA has been advocating for,’’ she said.

“RAA is also pleased both major parties have already committed to its priority to complete Adelaide’s North-South Corridor.’’

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