Federal funding for Queensland ‘black spots’

Roads & Infrastructure Magazine talks to iRAP’s Rob McInerney about the Inquiry into the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020, its recommendations and what needs to be done to improve the standard of road safety in Australia.Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack and Chair of the Queensland Black Spot Consultative Panel Llew O’Brien have announced $12.562 million will be awarded to Queensland under the Black Spot Program’s 2019–20 funding round.

Forty-four dangerous crash sites in 18 local government areas will receive funding.

Mr. McCormack said the Black Spot Program aims to provide funding for safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at road locations where serious crashes are common.

“The 44 Black Spot projects being funded across Queensland will therefore make an important contribution towards reducing the total annual number of serious injuries and deaths caused by road crashes,” he said.

Mr. O’Brien said The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics found on average Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent.

“Funding has been allocated to these 44 crash sites in Queensland after they were identified as requiring safety improvements as a matter of high priority following a total of one fatal and 241 crashes causing injuries recorded over the past five years,” Mr. O’Brien said.

The Federal Government has committed $744.5 million to the Black Spot Program from 2013–14 to 2021–22.

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