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Infrastructure priority list essential to productivity: ATA

The updated Infrastructure Priority List updated and released this week by Infrastructure Australia has been welcomed by the Australian Trucking Association (ATA).

Safer regional roads and solutions to ongoing urban congestion were just two of the issues the Infrastructure Priority List highlighted through the importance of evidence-based investment according to ATA Chair Geoff Crouch.

“The new project calling for regional road network safety improvements to invest in fixing high-risk sections of regional roads and deliver safer road infrastructure is a critical priority,” he said.

“Infrastructure Australia report that relative to population size, the number of fatalities in regional areas is over four times higher than for major cities,” said Crouch.

“This project now requires government support across Australia, and the ATA strongly welcomes the inclusion of a similar new project by the NSW Government to make regional road safety improvements in NSW.”

Governments, noted Crouch, should support the call for a roads network optimisation program in order to address urban congestion.

Infrastructure Australia according to Crouch have again reconfirmed the need for governments to make multiple, co-ordinated, productivity enhancements to the road network to reduce congestion since it was first tabled as a priority in 2016.

“These investments should be based on data and seek to optimise traffic flows through investments such as intersection treatments, traffic light sequencing, clearways and incident management,” he said.

The ATA also said it welcomed the continued inclusion and expansion of projects to address major road investment priorities.

“There’s a long list of proposed road, highway and motorway projects which would make a significant investment to improving safety, connectivity and productivity on the road network,” said Crouch.

Future updates to the Infrastructure Priority List should expand the network-based focus on improving roads to include regional and outback highways and corridors said Crouch.

“The need to make better use and enable more productive connectivity extends beyond our major cities and their rural hinterlands, and Infrastructure Australia should include network optimisation and access for investing in better regional and outback highways in future priority list updates,” he said.

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