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Building Our Transport Future in South Australia

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Transport and Regional Services Portfolio

TRS5/Budget 10th May 2005

The Budget confirms that South Australia is receiving an extra $118.0 million in road funding over five years, in line with the Australian Government's election promise.

The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Regional Services, John Anderson, and the Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd, made the announcement today.

"Today's Budget honours our commitment to inject more money into South Australia's roads. From 2004-05 to 2008-09, the Government will spend an extra $110.0 million to accelerate the Sturt Highway extension, $5.0 million to upgrade West Avenue in Salisbury and $3 million to improve the intersections of Hampstead, Mullers and Regency Roads," Mr Anderson said.

"The Government has also brought forward $55.0 million from 2007-08 and 2008-09 to enable the Port River Expressway to be completed over the next two years."

AusLink Investment Programme

The Deputy Prime Minister said the Government would spend $159.7 million on the South Australian land transport system in 2005-06, with $92.2 million allocated to AusLink Investment Programme projects. He said the Government's funding for the AusLink projects included:

  • $40.0 million in 2005-06 for the Port River Expressway;
  • $5.3 million in 2005-06 to continue planning the Sturt Highway extension from the Gawler bypass to Port Wakefield Road, with $139 million allocated from 2006-07 to 2008-09 for construction;
  • $4.9 million in 2005-06 to complete the upgrading of West Avenue, with $0.1 million already spent in 2004-05;
  • $0.3 million in 2005-06 to start work on reshaping the Hampstead Road intersections with Mullers Road and Regency Road;
  • $6.8 million in 2005-06 to continue upgrading the Sturt Highway;
  • $6.3 million in 2005-06 to reconstruct 17 kilometres of the Dukes Highway between Bordertown and the Victorian border; and
  • a $26.2 million contribution in 2005-06 toward maintaining the AusLink road network.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the Australian and South Australian Government were in the final stages of negotiating a bilateral agreement on the AusLink projects.

"The AusLink agreement sets out a new approach to land transport planning and funding. We have to plan our transport system better, because it is the only way that Australia will be able to handle the growing traffic on our roads and railways," Mr Anderson said.

"Taxpayers will also get better value for their road funding dollars under the agreement, because it includes the National Code of Conduct for the Construction Industry - a best-practice approach to workplace relations that will increase the sector's productivity.

"South Australia has said it will sign up to the National Code and we are now in the final stages of negotiating the AusLink agreement. I am confident that we will have everything resolved by 30 June, so our 2005-06 funding can start to flow from the beginning of the new financial year."

Upgrading local roads

The Minister for Local Government, Territories and Roads, Jim Lloyd, said the Government would spend $64.0 million in 2005-06 on South Australia's local roads.

"South Australian councils will receive $25.0 million in 2005-06 from the AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme and $27.3 million in untied local road grants," Mr Lloyd said.

"In addition, the Government will provide South Australian councils with an extra $9.0 million in 2005-06. It's part of our $26.3 million package to address South Australia's current disadvantage in the local roads funding formula.

"Some parts of South Australia are so remote they do not have local councils. These unincorporated areas will receive $2.7 million in 2005-06 for their local roads under the AusLink Strategic Regional Programme, which we announced during the election campaign."

Saving more lives through the AusLink Black Spot Programme

The Budget confirms that the Australian Government has delivered on its election commitment to extend the AusLink Black Spot Programme until June 2008. The programme provides funding to improve dangerous sections of our roads.

"The Government will spend an extra $45.0 million a year on the programme in 2006 07 and 2007-08. The Budget already includes $45.0 million for the programme in 2005-06," Mr Lloyd said.

"South Australia will receive $3.5 million from the programme in 2005-06, which will be directed to fixing 28 priority crash locations. It is a key part of the national strategy to reduce Australia's road fatality rate by 40 per cent by 2010."

A detailed factsheet on the Australian Government's land transport projects in South Australia is attached.

 

Media contacts:
Paul Chamberlin Mr Anderson's office 02 6277 7680 / 0419 233 989
Fiona Telford Mr Lloyd's office 02 6277 7060 / 0407 908 504

 

SOUTH AUSTRALIA

AUSLINK INVESTMENT PROJECTS1

New northern access to Adelaide

The 22 kilometre Sturt Highway extension and upgrade of Port Wakefield Road will provide Adelaide with a new northern gateway. The Australian Government is now contributing $146 million to the $300 million project, as a result of its election commitment. The project will receive $5.3 million in 2005-06, after receiving $1.7 million in 2004-05.

Work on reducing accesses onto Port Wakefield Road is scheduled to start in the second half of 2005. The Government has allocated $139 million from 2006-07 to 2008-09 to help fund construction.

Port River Expressway

The Australian Government has brought forward $55.0 million for the Port River Expressway from 2007-08 and 2008-09 to enable stages 2 and 3 of the project to be completed over the next two years.

Stage 1, now nearing completion, is a new road connecting the South Road/Salisbury Highway Connector and Francis Street, Port Adelaide. The Australian Government is contributing $39.7 million of its $80.0 million cost.

The Government will contribute up to $80.0 million for stages 2 and 3, which involve a road extension to Victoria Road, Port Adelaide, a rail extension beside the road bridge over the Port River, and other associated road and rail improvements. The Government's contribution in 2005-06 is $40.0 million.

Land acquisition for stages 2 and 3 will proceed immediately, and construction should be completed by mid-2007.

The South Australian Government announced in April that the Port River Bridges would open. The extra cost of the opening bridges will be funded by South Australia.

Hampstead, Regency and Mullers Roads intersections

The recent upgrading of Portrush Road, funded by the Australian Government, has highlighted the deficiencies of the Hampstead Road intersections with Regency and Mullers roads. The Government has committed $3.0 million - $0.3 million in 2005-06 - toward a traffic management solution that could involve replacing the staggered T junctions with a normal four-way intersection or widening the existing junctions.

Construction is planned to start in 2005-06 and will be completed in 2006-07.

West Avenue upgrading

The Australian Government is contributing $5.0 million ($4.9 million in 2005-06) to the cost of upgrading West Avenue at Salisbury to reduce travel times between Edinburgh Parks and Elizabeth West. The road will connect with the Wyatt Road upgrade to provide a new link for automotive manufacturers at Elizabeth West.

The roadworks are likely to include realigning West Avenue at its northern end to link with Stebonheath Road and installing new roundabouts on West Avenue. The work is expected to be completed by mid-2006.

Sturt Highway upgrade

The Australian Government has delivered its commitment to construct 17 additional overtaking lanes on the Sturt Highway to make it safer. The overtaking lanes will be completed by June 2005, a full year ahead of schedule.

The Government is spending $44.0 million ($6.8 million in 2005-06) on a five year upgrading programme for the highway. The works in the immediate future will include upgrading intersections to the east and west of Berri, rehabilitation work between Greenock and Nurioopta and rehabilitation work in Renmark. The remainder of the programme is still being finalised, but consideration is being given to duplicating the highway between Gawler and Daveyston; and eliminating the Waikerie S-bends.

In a separate project, Government will spend $6.5 million, beginning in 2006-07, to realign the highway through the Truro Hills.

Dukes Highway reconstruction

The Government will spend $6.3 million in 2005-06 to continue rehabilitating 17 kilometres of the Dukes Highway immediately west of the Victorian border. The Government spent $8.0 million on the project in 2004-05; work began in February 2005 and is scheduled to be completed by mid-2006.

Rail projects

Advanced Train Management System

The Australian Government will provide the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) with $20.3 million ($6.0 million in 2005-06) to develop a blueprint for its new Advanced Train Management System.

The Advanced Train Management System will include new, computerised in-cab signalling to replace the current trackside system, satellite-based location technology with an accuracy of within half a metre and a computerised warning system to alert drivers to impending dangers. The system will enable ARTC to operate more trains on the same track with a higher level of safety.

Rail communications upgrade

The Government will invest $42.0 million ($10.0 million in 2005-06) to build a fully interoperable communications system for the interstate rail network. The new communications system will be based on Telstra's Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) technology. It will provide a single communications medium across the whole network and will replace nine separate communication systems.

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LOCAL ROAD FUNDING

South Australian local councils will receive $25.0 million in 2005-06 from the Roads to Recovery Programme and will share an additional $9.0 million in 2005-06 under the special arrangement to address the state's relative disadvantage in local road funding. The councils will also receive $27.3 million in untied local road grants.

The unincorporated areas of the state will receive $2.7 million for local roads.

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AUSLINK BLACK SPOT PROGRAMME

South Australia will receive $3.5 million in 2005-06 under the AusLink Black Spot Programme, which will be directed to fixing 28 priority crash locations.

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Footnote

1The South Australian Government is required to sign an AusLink bilateral agreement as a condition of receiving funding for these projects. The condition will not affect the AusLink Roads to Recovery Programme, including its Strategic Regional Programme and funding for unincorporated areas, the AusLink Black Spot Programme, untied local road grants or the supplementary road funding for South Australian councils.