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Deliver national transport, development and safety objectives through road funding programmes

Key strategy Performance indicators Achievement
Deliver national transport, development and safety objectives through road funding programmes.
(Contributing division: Transport Programmes)
National transport, development and safety goals evident in planning and implementing roads programmes. Achieved

Key achievements

Two areas of focus in 2002-03 in working towards improving national transport safety accessibility and sustainability in Australia were through:

  • implementation of the Commonwealth's road funding programmes
  • improving the development and safety goals in the delivery of its road funding programmes including the National Black Spot Programme and the Safety and Urgent Minor Works component of the National Highway Programme.

Funding programmes that contribute to transport safety include:

  • National Highway and Roads of National Importance Programme and its Safety and Urgent Minor Works component
  • National Black Spot Programme
  • Roads to Recovery Programme.

National Highway and Roads of National Importance Programme

Performance of this programme is reported in more detail under transport accessibility and sustainability on (p. 73).

The National Highway Programme provides $980.7 million funding this year to maintain national highway infrastructure. The national highway continues to provide a high standard of travel for motorists. Information provided by state and territory governments on 'smooth traffic exposure' on the national highway shows that more than 96 per cent of traffic on the national highway experiences smooth travel exposure. Smooth travel exposure is a measure of the roughness of and, therefore, the condition and safety of a road.

Under the Safety and Urgent Minor Works component of the programme, the Commonwealth also provided $46 million to fund small-scale improvements to identified deficiencies on specific sections of the national highway. These safety improvement strategies and works included improvements such as the installation of audible tactile strips, upgrading of rest areas, replacement of narrow bridges and improvements to intersections.

Roads to Recovery Programme

Performance on this programme is reported in more detail under transport accessibility and sustainability on (p. 75).

The Roads to Recovery Programme provided $202.2 million during 2002-03 to councils for road works. A review undertaken by the department and the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA) found that 23 per cent of the works undertaken as part of the Roads to Recovery Programme had a safety emphasis with transport efficiency and economic development also common emphases.

National Black Spot Programme

The National Black Spot Programme continues to advance national road safety objectives. The Bureau of Transport Economics evaluation of the programme estimated that Black Spot treatments have prevented at least 32 fatalities and more than 1500 serious crashes in the first three years of operation.

During 2002-03, a total of $44.5 million was paid to the states and territories for expenditure on 384 approved Black Spot projects. A more detailed report on the programme's performance follows under administered programmes (p. 47).

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