Ministers for the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities The Hon Michael McCormack MP Deputy Prime MinisterMinister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Senator the Hon Bridget McKenzie Minister for Regional ServicesMinister for SportMinister for Local Government and Decentralisation The Hon Alan Tudge MP Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population The Hon Sussan Ley MP Assistant Minister for Regional Development and Territories The Hon Andrew Gee MP Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP Former Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Scott Buchholz MP Assistant Minister for Roads and Transport The Hon Barnaby Joyce MPFormer Deputy Prime MinisterFormer Minister for Infrastructure and Transport The Hon Dr John McVeigh MPFormer Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government The Hon Keith Pitt MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Damian Drum MPFormer Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister Senator the Hon Fiona Nash Former Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Darren Chester MP Former Minister for Infrastructure and TransportFormer A/g Minister for Regional DevelopmentFormer A/g Minister for Local Government and Territories The Hon Warren Truss MP Former Deputy Prime Minister Former Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development The Hon Paul Fletcher MP Former Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities The Hon Jamie Briggs MP Former Assistant Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development

Notoriously dangerous road to get safety upgrades

Media Release

DC307/2017

11 October 2017

Joint release with:

Christian Porter

Federal Member for Pearce

Melissa Price

Federal Member for Durack

  • Safety upgrades to address a crash rate three times above the state average
  • Works to include reconstruction, realignment and widening

Funding has been announced today to upgrade two sections of the York Merredin Road east of Perth, to improve safety and help address a crash rate more than three times the state average.

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said under the new Regional Road Safety package almost $5 million would be invested to keep motorists, cyclists and pedestrians safe.

“The Australian Government is investing $1.6 billion towards a $2.3 billion road and rail infrastructure package in Western Australia, including the Regional Road Safety Package. This is in addition to funding infrastructure project upgrades such as METRONET, the Kwinana Freeway, and the Leach Highway,” Mr Chester said.

Federal Member for Pearce Christian Porter said a 1.2 kilometre section near York and a 4.5 kilometre section near Dangin would be upgraded on the road, given the history of 183 crashes between 1989 and 2015.

“The projects will be part of a larger staged program to widen road shoulders, install audible edge lines, tackle roadside hazards and trial audible centrelines between York and Quairading,” Mr Porter said.

“This project is one of 16 to be delivered under the Regional Road Safety Package, which will be 80 per cent funded by the Australian Government.”

Federal Member for Durack Melissa Price said the shoulder upgrades and audible line marking would improve driving conditions for all road users.

“Run-off-road crashes involving vehicles colliding with trees has been the major factor in many accidents and most fatalities on York Merredin Road, so focusing on audible line marking, upgraded shoulders, and addressing roadside hazards will save lives,” Ms Price said.

The Australian Government has committed $3.9 million to the two projects on York Merredin Road, with the Western Australian Government committing $1 million.