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

Tiger Brennan Drive: Lights, Commuters, Action!

Media Release

WT122/2014

25 July 2014

Joint release with:

Adam Giles

Northern Territory Chief Minister

Peter Styles

Minister for Transport
Minister for Infrastructure

Natasha Griggs

Federal Member for Solomon

The switching on of traffic lights between Dinah Beach and Woolner Roads today marked completion of the first section of works on Tiger Brennan Drive in Darwin.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss together with Federal Member for Solomon Natasha Griggs, NT Chief Minister Adam Giles and NT Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Peter Styles were on-site to mark the occasion.

Mr Truss said the Australian Government's $70 million contribution to upgrade Tiger Brennan Drive is an investment in the Northern Territory's future.

“Darwin is shaping up to be Australia's gateway to Asia, and the Northern Territory is vital to our national economy with 55 per cent of Australia's exports shipped from our northern ports,” Mr Truss said.

“Our upgrade here is the first section of duplication works on Tiger Brennan Drive, and the full upgrade to Palmerston will benefit commuters, freight operators and businesses in and around Darwin.”

Ms Griggs said the upgrade from one lane each way to two will make an enormous difference to the community.

“Currently, 18,000 vehicles travel along Tiger Brennan Drive each day, at an average speed of 60 kilometres per hour, which we expect to increase to 90 kilometres per hour once the full upgrade is completed,” Ms Griggs said.

“This upgrade means Palmerston residents and those from further afield can enjoy a quicker and safer commute into and out of the CBD, so they can spend more time with their families.”

Mr Giles said this project is evidence of two levels of government working together to build infrastructure that will reduce congestion and boost the productivity of the North.

“Roads are a key enabler of economic growth and projects like this will help ensure Northern Australia reaches its full potential,” Mr Giles said.

“Reducing traffic congestion and allowing motorists to get to and from home safer and quicker is a priority of both levels of government.

“We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Australian Government by contributing $33 million to better connect Territorians in the fast growing Top End.”

Mr Styles said the Dinah Beach Road section of the upgrade is the first section to be completed.

“A project manager will soon be appointed for stage two from Woolner Road to Berrimah Road, with construction due to start this year,” Mr Styles said.

The full upgrade of Tiger Brennan Drive is scheduled to be completed in 2016.