Transport

WA Labor busting regional congestion, delivering safer roads

Posted on February 19, 2021
  • Additional $50 million boost to regional road safety
  • $14.8 million for regional road upgrades and $2 million Rural Crash Reduction Program to improve road safety
  • $5 million Truck Rest Stops maintenance initiative
  • Brings McGowan Labor Government’s regional road commitment over the next four years to $3.3 billion

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will build on its record investment into regional road safety, with a new $72 million investment into keeping regional WA moving.

The new funding pledge brings the total regional road investment under a re-elected McGowan Labor Government to $3.3 billion over the next four years.

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will provide a $50 million boost to road safety across regional WA.

A further $14.8 million will be allocated to upgrade key regional roads across the State. Major upgrades include:

  • ●     $5 million to deliver the first stage of left acceleration lanes along Forrest Highway to facilitate safer access to Binningup, Harvey, Preston Beach and Myalup;
  • ●     $2.5 million to provide a link between Greenlands Road and Munday Road in Pinjarra; and
  • ●     $2.5 million to install traffic signals and reduce the speed limit at Bunbury’s Bussell Highway and Sommerville Drive intersection from 80km/h to 70km/h.

A $2 million Rural Crash Reduction Program will be introduced to improve road safety and save lives on regional roads.

A new $5 million Truck Rest Stops maintenance initiative will build on the recently announced investment proposal for $14 million of new rest stop and ablution facility upgrades across regional WA, from the $50 million Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Fund, reducing the risk of driver fatigue and helping WA’s truckers take regular rest breaks.

The regional road funding package is expected to create more than 500 jobs in regional WA.

Comments attributed to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

“We have spent a record amount on our regional roads over the past four years, and will deliver even more if re-elected.

“A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will invest a total of $3.3 billion into regional roads over the next four years.

“We negotiated with the federal government to secure $455 million for our regional road safety program, and a re-elected McGowan Labor Government will add another $50 million to the program

“This will mean safer roads for all regional Western Australians.

“It also means a safer and more reliable drive for locals and tourists visiting our incredible regions in WA, from the Kimberley down to Esperance.

“This program of works also builds on other major projects we are delivering throughout regional WA, like the Albany Ring Road, Bunbury Outer Ring Road and Manuwarra Red Dog Highway (Karratha-Tom Price Road).”