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$22.3 Million For Land Transport In The Canberra Region

Australian Coat of Arms

The Hon John Anderson MP
Deputy Prime Minister
Leader of The Nationals
Minister for Transport and Regional Services
Senator the Hon Ian Campbell
Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads

TRS9/Budget 11 May 2004

The Australian Government has allocated $22.3 million to roads in and around Canberra in the 2004-05 Budget, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, and the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Senator Ian Campbell, said today.

"This year's Budget is a key step in the implementation of the Government's new land transport plan, AusLink, which will transform the way Australia plans and funds its roads and railways," Mr Anderson said.

"The Government has today announced $11.4 billion in land transport funding, consisting of almost $11 billion in road and rail funding over the next five years and a one-off, $450 million grant in 2003-04 for investment in the rail system.

"The Government will release a detailed policy statement, or White Paper, on AusLink next month. It will set out the new AusLink National Network, which will incorporate the National Highway system and many Roads of National Importance into a broader and more strategic network of transport corridors, including Australia's key rail links."

Maintaining the Barton and Federal highways

Senator Campbell said the Government would contribute $1.5 billion over the next five years ($300.0 million in 2004-05) to maintain Australia's key road transport links.

"The ACT will receive $600,000 to maintain the Barton and Federal highways in 2004-05. They are both in good condition and we are going to keep them that way," Senator Campbell said.

Queanbeyan northern route upgrade

"The Government will spend $1.8 million in 2004-05 to complete our $2.0 million contribution to the cost of the Queanbeyan northern route upgrade. The New South Wales Government and Queanbeyan City Council are contributing the remainder of its $6.0 million cost.

"Nine locations on the existing road network are being improved to make the route suitable for heavy trucks. Work will switch to the ACT side of the border in the coming months, when the Pialligo Avenue-Oaks Estate Road intersection will be widened and reshaped. The construction of a new bridge over the railway line at Mountain Street and Railway Street will start in August.

"Other projects scheduled for 2004-05 include the Railway Street-Uriarra Road intersection and a new roundabout at Uriarra Road and Kendall Avenue. These works are scheduled to be finished in early 2005.

Spending on the Federal Highway in New South Wales

"In the Capital Region, work is underway, and due to be completed in July, on an upgrade of the intersection of the Federal Highway and Thornford Road, south of the junction with the Hume Highway.

"Only a small amount of the $4.0 million cost remains to be allocated in 2004-05, to complete resurfacing along three kilometres of the highway. The project will enable the 90 kilometres per hour speed restriction to be lifted to 110 kilometres per hour," Senator Campbell said.

More spending on local roads

Senator Campbell said the Budget confirmed the Government's decision to extend the Roads to Recovery programme for another four years, from 2005-06 until 2008-09. The decision will inject $1.2 billion into local roads throughout Australia, in addition to the $253.1 million that will be spent on the existing programme in 2004-05.

"The Roads to Recovery programme is the largest capital injection by any Australian Government into local roads. It is funding 12,000 local road projects throughout Australia and has generated terrific benefits for Canberra, including the duplication of the Monaro Highway between Morshead Drive and Fyshwick, the flyover at Fyshwick and more cycle paths," Senator Campbell said.

"The ACT will receive $4.2 million under the Roads to Recovery programme in 2004-05, and $15.1 million in untied local road grants."

Saving lives with the Black Spot Programme

Senator Campbell said that Canberra would receive $602,000 in 2004-05 under the Road Safety Black Spot programme. It provides funding to improve dangerous accident locations on Australia's roads.

"The programme is estimated to prevent around 500 serious crashes a year throughout Australia. The 2004-05 funding is expected to improve two more dangerous black spots on Canberra's roads," he said.

Media contacts:

Paul Chamberlain Deputy Prime Minister's office 02 62777680 / 0419 233989
Wayne Grant Senator Campbell's office 02 62777060 / 0407 845280


Australian Government land transport funding, ACT, 2004-05

Continuing land transport projects 2.4
Roads to Recovery 4.2
Untied local road grants 15.1
Black Spot programme 0.6
Total 22.3

The figures in this table update the tables in Budget Paper No. 3. The figures may not add precisely to the total due to rounding.