Steve Irons MP Federal Member for Swan

$3 million to fix local black spots in Swan

Joint Media Release: Darren Chester MP Minister for Infrastructure and Transport and Steve Irons MP Member for Swan

Road safety in Western Australia has received a boost with a new round of funding announced under the Black Spot Programme.

Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester and Federal Member for Swan, Steve Irons today announced funding of more than $3 million to fix 8 black spots on local roads.

Mr Chester said the projects were recommended by a panel of independent road safety experts and would be delivered during the course of 2016-17.

“The annual economic cost of road crashes is estimated at $27 billion per year. Governments of all levels have made significant progress over several decades in reducing fatalities, yet there is still work to be done,” Mr Chester said.

“This investment is helping to make our local roads safer for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

“The Australian Government has committed $500 million to the Black Spot Programme from 2014 15 to 2018-19, including an additional $200 million over two years from 2015-16 to improve road safety and infrastructure across the country.”

Mr Irons said the community of the Swan electorate would benefit from a safer local road network through the improvement of Black Spot locations recommended by the Consultative Panel.

“Residents will recognise the history and notoriety of each of these locations, including through their own near misses and seeing emergency services at the site first-hand,” Mr Irons said.

“The Black Spot Programme allows anyone to make a submission for a safety upgrade to a road or intersection in their local area.

“According to the Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Economics, there were 1,242 road deaths in Australia in the 12 months to February 2016. This is far too many and we must continue the campaign to make our roads safer.

“We are committed to reducing crashes on our roads. Accidents take a huge toll on families, our communities and the economy and I am delighted to see these upgrades approved.”

The approved projects in Swan are:
• Intersection of Orrong Road, Francisco Street and Francisco Place at Lathlain: $1,500,000 to remove right turn filter and provide double right turn lanes for heavier right turn movement to Francisco Street, install mast arms on major road and extend left lane on Orrong Rd;
• Intersection of Orrong Road and Archer Street at Carlisle: $1,400,000 to remove right turn filter, provide double right turn lanes and install traffic signal mast arms on both approaches of through road;
• Intersection of Bishopsgate Street, Roberts Road and Miller Street at Lathlain: $105,000 to install pre-deflection treatments on Bishopsgate St (southeast);
• Intersection of Alexander Road and Fisher Street at Belmont: $95,000 to install a median island on approaches to reinforce priority;
• Intersection of Oats Street and Star Street at Carlisle: $80,000 to install pre-deflection islands on the west and east legs of Oats St;
• Intersection of Canning Highway and Birdwood Avenue at Como: $80,000 to install a barrier or island to ban right turns on Birdwood Ave and extend existing median on Canning Hwy to close access from South Tce to south of Birdwood Ave;
• Intersection of Canning Highway and Dyson Street at South Perth: $60,000 to extend the median along Canning Hwy through the intersection to ban right turn movements from/to Canning Hwy;
• Intersection of Canning Highway and Saunders Street at Como: $50,000 to extend the median along Canning Hwy through the intersection and install barriers or islands to ban right turns in/out of Saunders St approaches.

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

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