As the WA State Election looms, road trauma remains a major issue in Western Australia. RAC is calling on the next State Government to commit to three lifesaving, job-creating priorities...

Regional Road Safety Program

The challenge

  • In just five years, more than 3,200 people have been killed or seriously injured on WA's regional roads.
  • Nearly 70 per cent of all major crashes in our regions were the result of run-off-road or head on crashes - deaths and serious injuries could be avoided through low-cost safety treatments.

The opportunity

A regional Road Safety Program to deliver low-cost treatments (such as sealed shoulders and audible edgelines) across 17,000km of WA's regional road network.

According to State Government modelling this initiative would:

  • Save more than 2,100 people from being killed or seriously injured.
  • Reduce regional road trauma by 60 per cent.
  • Create thousands of jobs over the life of the program.

While the State and Australian Governments have announced funding for the first part of a Regional Road Safety Program, a commitment to fully fund and deliver the entire program ($900 million) over four years is urgently needed. 

Read more about the Regional Road Safety Program.

Regional road

 

Metropolitan intersection program

The challenge

  • Nearly one in two crashes in the Perth metropolitan area occur at intersections.
  • In the five years to 2019, 85 people were killed at metropolitan intersections and 2,448 people were seriously injured - at an estimated economic cost of $1.42 billion.
  • Major grade-separations and other significant infrastructure works (line installing traffic signals and roundabouts) can greatly enhance safety but can be costly and have long lead times.

The opportunity

A program to deliver low-cost intersection treatments across Perth to maximise the safety of all road users (total initial cost of $50 million over five years).

Such a program would allow more intersections to be remedied, more quickly, with treatments such as:

  • Painted mini roundabouts.
  • Minor geometry improvements to slow speeds and reduce crossing distances.
  • Speed cushions and raised platforms.
  • Modified signal timings.

Read more about safer road design.

Crosswalk in suburban area

 

Active transport infrastructure

The challenge

  • Car is by far the dominant method of travel to work in WA.
  • Many of Perth's major centres  have poor access to public transport, increasing the importance of active transport connections.
  • Fear of sharing the roads with motorists is a barrier to cycling.

The opportunity

A program of targeted projects to increase cycling and walking in WA (total initial cost of $80 million over two years).

The creation of safe, active streets and expansion of infrastructure for cycling helps to increase transport options, reduce vehicle trips and support economic growth.

Such a program could include funding to:

  • Close gaps in the Principal Shared Path network and support the Safe Active Streets program.
  • Maintain and upgrade existing shared paths, particularly within 15km of the Perth CBD.
  • Enable local governments to deliver active transport infrastructure already in the pipeline but currently unfunded.

Read more about cycling and walking.

Cycling along path

 

2021 WA State Election Priorities

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