Positive outlook for Australian road infrastructure after 2015 Budget
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The Governments’ Road to Recovery Programme and Black Spot Programme remained unscathed after Treasurer Joe Hockey’s second budget was revealed last week. This is good news for Australian roads with the government committing to provide $2.1 billion to Roads to Recovery (R2R) from 2014-15 to 2018-19 which will be distributed to local councils and State and Territory governments. The aim of the R2R programme is to support maintenance of the nation’s local roads, providing better access for Australians and improved safety, economic and social outcomes.

The Black Spot Programme, implemented to reduce crashes on the road, will receive an additional $200 million over the next 2 years on top of the $500 million committed from 2014-15 to 2018-19. The Black Spot Programme targets roads where crashes are occurring regularly and provides funding for preventive measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts. In 2015-16 and 2016-17 the eligibility criteria for funding will change with the minimum benefit cost ratio reducing from 2:1 to 1:1 and minimum crash history of proposed sites reducing from 3 casualty crashes over 5 years to 2 casualty crashes (0.13 casualty crashes per km, per year, over 5 years). These changes may allow for quicker access to funding for local councils. The criteria has also been amended to allow for more funding to proactive treatment of unsafe roads.

Last modified on Tuesday, 19 May 2015 12:27

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