Keeping Queenslanders safe on the roads

Media Release

DC140/2017

29 May 2017

  • The Australian Government is investing over $500 million for road safety upgrades on the Bruce Highway
  • An additional 33 overtaking lanes to be built on the Bruce Highway.
  • Successful Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, Roads to Recovery and Black Spot Programmes receive renewed funding.

The Australian Government is continuing to invest in road safety initiatives and projects to help drive down the number of road deaths and serious injuries, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said.

“The Turnbull-Joyce Government is investing $568 million in road safety upgrades along the Bruce Highway using savings from initial Bruce Highway projects,” Mr Chester said.

“The Federal Government is achieving better outcomes for its investments along the Bruce Highway, and remains committed to spending $6.7 billion on a 10-year programme of works.

“As part of the 2017–18 budget, $182.6 million will fund additional safety works across the Highway to ensure critical upgrades are delivered, such as further safety, congestion, and flood immunity improvements.

“Over $221 million will be invested for high-risk rural sections of the highway, with treatments including additional safety barriers, pavement widening, resurfacing, and improvement to intersections, and wide centre-line upgrades.

“These safety upgrades have been shown to reduce head-on collisions by up to 50 per cent, and the Turnbull-Joyce Government is committed to making the roads safer for all road users.

“$165 million has been allocated for an additional 33 overtaking lanes on the Bruce Highway.

“Construction of these overtaking lanes will commence next year and are expected to be completed by late 2021. The overtaking lanes are expected to reduce head-on crashes by 25 per cent and run-off-road crashes by 15 per cent.

“Further Australian government road safety initiatives include the Australian Government is continuing to fund the Black Spot Programme with $684.5 million from 2013–14 to 2020–21 to deliver safety improvements to sections of road that have a crash history.

“Commitment to the Roads to Recovery Programme has been maintained with $4.4 billion from 2013–14 to 2020–21 committed to the construction, repair and upgrade of local roads.

“The Australian Government is providing more than $800,000 over two years for heavy vehicle driver fatigue research, in response to the challenge of fatigue related heavy vehicle accidents.

“Almost $4 million from the now defunct Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal will be provided to the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator for 2017–18 for heavy vehicle safety initiatives,” Mr Chester said.

Initiatives funded by the 2016–17 grant are well underway including:

  • ‘Chain of Responsibility’ education, commencing in February 2017; and
  • launching the first in a series of Automated Number Plate Recognition roadside cameras, designed to improve heavy vehicle compliance and enforcement capability.

“$328 million is being provided through the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Programme, from 2013–14 to 2020–21, to improve the productivity and safety outcomes of heavy vehicle operations,” Mr Chester said.

“As part of the Government's $450,000 commitment over three years to the Australian Trauma Registry, the Turnbull-Joyce government will provide $150,000 in 2017–18 to continue to develop a clear picture and track progress on the number of Australians who are severely injured in road crashes nationally.

“Funding these important road safety initiatives will continue to build on the Australian Government's legacy to ensure Australia remains one of the safest road systems in the world,” Mr Chester said.