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NatRoad supports decision to invest in better roads

National Road Transport Association (NatRoad) CEO, Warren Clark, has applauded the report released by Infrastructure Australia in identifying over $55 billion worth of nation-shaping projects in its latest Infrastructure Priority List.

For the past 10 years, Infrastructure Australia, the nation’s independent infrastructure adviser, has identified “top priority projects” in their report. Each year they announce which projects it will be backing and which should be allocated money. Some of the projects identified in the latest report include the Western Sydney Airport, the M4 Upgrade, the M80 Ring Road upgrade, the East West Link and the Brisbane Metro.

“Reduction of congestion through investment in better road infrastructure is a great win for the freight industry and all Australians,” said Clark.

“Urban congestion is an increasing threat to road freight businesses across Australia. Congestion on our roads not only puts pressure on the productivity of our road freight network but also has serious impacts on the safety of our roads.

“Investment in appropriate road infrastructure is especially vital in light of recent concerns regarding heavy vehicle accidents. Any work that can be done to reduce fatalities on Australian roads to zero should always be treated as a priority.

“It is pleasing to see that improvements to Australian Infrastructure are a centre-piece of the Coalition Governments strategic direction. Credit where credit is due: the Government should continue to make improvements to Australia’s road network a high priority, and the work of Infrastructure Australia provides a very worthwhile input to this process.

“NatRoad particularly commends Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Michael McCormack for giving the go-ahead to 100 projects under the 2018-19 Black Spot Program,” he said.

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