RAA calls on government to deliver on election promises
Friday, 24th May 2019
RAA has congratulated the Coalition on its return to federal government, but warned it would hold the Morrison government accountable to ensure South Australians received transport funds promised during the election campaign.
RAA General Manager Government & Public Policy Jayne Flaherty urged the government to deliver on projects like the North-South Corridor and Augusta Highway.
“The state’s road network isn’t up to scratch and it’s costing South Australians time spent stuck in traffic and, tragically, the lives of loved ones,” said Ms Flaherty.
“The re-elected Coalition government has the opportunity to build on its funding commitments for SA to create a safer environment for all road users and boost the state’s economy.”
Ahead of last Saturday’s federal election, the state’s largest mobility organisation advocated strongly for the next federal government to commit to key priorities it had identified as critical for road safety and economic prosperity in South Australia.
“We received a number of important commitments from the Coalition and we look forward to seeing these delivered for South Australia,’’ Ms Flaherty said.
The $3.9 billion re-election commitments RAA received from the Coalition included the $1.5 billion completion of Adelaide’s crucial North-South Corridor; $64 million towards the staged duplication of Augusta Highway; and separation of road and rail traffic at the level crossing on Torrens Road in Renown Park, as well as a $2.2 billion road safety plan, and $12 million for a National Office of Road Safety and a Road Safety Innovation Fund, announced in the federal budget.
The Liberal National Party also committed to upgrading intersections at Cross and Fullarton roads, Portrush and Magill roads and Goodwood/Springbank/Dawes roads; duplication of Victor Harbor Road between Main South Road and McLaren Vale; upgrade of the level crossing at Brighton Road, Hove; and $220 million in regional road upgrades.
Ms Flaherty said that RAA would continue to lobby the new federal government to fulfil the organisation’s other pre-election priorities, which included:
- duplication of Dukes Highway
- promoting Riddoch Highway to the National Highway Network
- separating road and rail traffic at the following major level crossings – Park Terrace, Salisbury; Kings Road, Salisbury Downs; Cormack Road, Dry Creek; and Cross Road, Westbourne Park
- committing to all 12 recommendations of the 2018 Road Safety Strategy inquiry
- creating a national plan for the development of autonomous and zero-emission vehicles.
“We welcome the commitments the new federal government has already made, but there’s more for the government to do,” Ms Flaherty said.
“RAA is at the start of a three-year journey with the Morrison government and we look forward to working together as we strive to achieve a step-change in road safety and economic prosperity for all South Australians.”