Federal Government urges focus on improved road safety under R2R program

Federal Infrastructure and Transport Minister Darren Chester says councils upgrading local roads under the Roads to Recovery (R2R) program must focus more on improved road safety outcomes since this will be a condition of future funding.

Speaking at the opening of the National Local Roads and Transport Congress, Mr Chester announced a R2R Statement of Expectations that will require councils to provide additional information on the safety benefits and outcomes of each project.

“When selecting projects, I am strongly urging councils to consider the likelihood they will reduce fatalities and serious injuries,” Mr Chester said.

“Obtaining detailed information on project outcomes is critical to ensuring the Australian Government is delivering the most robust road upgrade projects to demonstrably reduce the number of serious crashes across the Australian road network.

“To that end, the Statement of Expectations will require council input on the benefits their completed projects have provided as a condition of funding in future years.

“The Australian Government has demonstrated its firm commitment to R2R by increasing funding available to councils across Australia from $350 million to $400 million a year beginning in 2019-2020, and ensuring the continuation of the program.

“I look forward to continuing the successful relationship between the Australian Government and local councils through the R2R program,” Mr Chester said. “By working together, we can make a difference to improve road safety.”

The R2R Statement of Expectations is available here.

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