Budget Continues to Invest in Road Infrastructure

Budget Continues to Invest in Road Infrastructure

Last night’s budget continued funding for the rollout of the biggest road and rail infrastructure program in the nation’s history.

Since 2008, $60 billion has been allocated towards transport infrastructure through the Nation Building Program.

In the next phase of this program, funding will continue for Roads to Recovery and to address Black Spots.

Federal Member for Greenway Michelle Rowland said the allocation of almost $7 million to Blacktown Council over the period 2009-2014 will pay huge dividends for local rate payers.

“This untied funding to Blacktown Council has already seen significant upgrades to local roads where Council has seen the greatest need,” Ms Rowland said.

“Federal funding has eased the ongoing burden that local governments have in maintaining our critical road infrastructure.”

Federal Member for Chifley Ed Husic said a further $2 million funding would be made to continue the National Smart Managed Motorways project on the M4 which has already commenced.

“The Smart Managed Motorways program aims to ease traffic congestion on the M4 ahead of the building of the WestConnex Motorway,” Mr Husic said.

“The Federal Government has allocated a total of $8.5 million to this project since it commenced in 2011-12.”

Under Labor, the Australian Government’s investment in roads has doubled and investment in public transport is more than all Australian Governments combined since Federation.