Fund­ing to fix lo­cal black spots

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Kaylee Martin

MORE than $3 mil­lion of govern­ment fund­ing has been al­lo­cated to fix black spots on roads in the elec­torate of Swan.

The lo­cal Black Spot Pro­gram fund­ing was an­nounced last week and will aim to make roads safer for mo­torists, cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.

Fed­eral In­fras­truc­ture and Trans­port Min­is­ter Dar­ren Ch­ester said the eight lo­ca­tions had been rec­om­mended by a panel of in­de­pen­dent road safety ex­perts and would be de­liv­ered through­out 2016-17.

“The an­nual eco­nomic cost of road crashes is es­ti­mated at $27 bil­lion per year,” he said.

“Govern­ments of all lev­els have made sig­nif­i­cant progress in re­duc­ing fa­tal­i­ties, yet there is still work to be done.”

Mr Ch­ester said the Aus­tralian govern­ment had com­mit­ted $500 mil­lion to the Black Spot Pro­gram from 2014-15 to 2018-19.

Swan MHR Steve Irons said the elec­torate would ben­e­fit from a safer lo­cal road net­work.

“Res­i­dents will recog­nise the his­tory and no­to­ri­ety of each of th­ese lo­ca­tions, in­clud­ing through their own near misses and see­ing emer­gency ser­vices at a site first-hand,” Mr Irons said. “The Black Spot Pro­gram al­lows any­one to make a sub­mis­sion for a safety up­grade to a road or in­ter­sec­tion in a lo­cal area.”

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