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Government to fix seven NT ‘black spots’

Seven road ‘black spots’ in the Northern Territory will be improved over the next 12 months the Federal Government has announced.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack confirmed $1.48 million for the Territory as part of the Black Spot Program’s 2018-19 funding round.

“The Federal Liberal and Nationals Government is committed to building safer roads right across the nation because one crash, one fatality is one too many,” he said.

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

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

Over the past five years 21 casualty crashes and one fatal crash have been recorded at the sites identified as high priority by a panel made up of the NT Road Transport Association, NT Police, Automobile Association of the NT and Territory and local governments.

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 Government has committed $1.05 billion to the Black Spot Program from 2013-14 to 2022-23 to improve road safety across the nation.

According to Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz, the Coalition Government were investing money where it was most needed.

“I am proud to be part of a government that is not only delivering on its commitment to reduce crashes on our roads, but is delivering the infrastructure that Australians want, need and most importantly deserve,” he said.

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