Black Spot program funds set to save lives in La Trobe

Residents of the La Trobe electorate received a major road safety boost today with the Federal Liberal and Nationals Government announcing it will invest $364,000 toward Paternoster Road Bailey Road to Beaconsfield-Emerald Road projects under the 2019–20 Black Spot Program.

Member for La Trobe Jason Wood said the La Trobe community’s input was critical to identifying key black spots in the electorate.

"Road crashes place major emotional and economic strains on all affected communities but particularly the families and friends of the victims,” Mr Wood said.

“I am pleased to see that projects will install profiled (audio tactile) centreline and edge lines from Beaconsfield-Emerald Road to Bailey Road (install W-Beam safety barriers) will be delivered under the 2019-20 funding rounds.

“Motorists living within and visiting La Trobe will also be pleased to know that notorious black spots in the electorate will be fixed with funding from the program.

“None of these projects would be delivered without the community’s vital input and I’d encourage all residents and motorists in the region to nominate projects for future funding rounds.”

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the safety of 71 Victorian road ‘black spots’ will be substantially improved over the next 12 months with $25 million committed to the State under the 2019-20 funding round.

“The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to building safer roads right across the nation because one road death or one accident is one too many,” Mr McCormack said.

“The Black Spot Program targets road locations where crashes are occurring, reducing the risk of accidents through funding safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at dangerous locations.

“The 71 black spot projects being funded across Victoria are an important contribution towards reducing the national road toll.”

“Funding has been allocated to road locations that have been identified as high priority, with 326 casualty crashes recorded at these sites over the past five years, including 15 fatal crashes.

“The panel that reviews priorities for the program includes representatives from the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria, the Victorian Transport Association, Victoria Police, the Municipal Association of Victoria and VicRoads.”

The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics (BITRE) has found that, on average, Black Spot projects reduce the number of crashes causing death and injury by 30 per cent.

The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government has committed $1.05 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013‑14 to 2022-23 to improve road safety across the nation.

For more information on the Australian Government’s Black Spot Program, or to nominate a black spot, visit: http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/funding/blackspots/.