ROAD RULES: The Warrego Highway in Queensland is one of the newcomers to this year's priority list.
ROAD RULES: The Warrego Highway in Queensland is one of the newcomers to this year's priority list. Rob Williams

Roading hit list revealed

THE nation's newly released blueprint for prioritising roading and other infrastructure projects around Australia has been met with a mostly positive response from industry.

Infrastructure Australia's 2019 Infrastructure Priority List presents 121 nationally significant infrastructure proposals and a $58 billion project pipeline designed to guide investment towards projects that will "deliver the best outcomes for Australia's growing communities”.

Chair of the Australian Trucking Association, Geoff Crouch said the list illustrates the importance of evidence-based investment decisions.

"The new project calling for regional road network safety improvements to invest in fixing high-risk sections of regional roads and deliver safer road infrastructure is a critical priority,” said Mr Crouch.

"Infrastructure Australia report that relative to population size, the number of fatalities in regional areas is over four times higher than for major cities.

"This project now requires government support across Australia, and the ATA strongly welcomes the inclusion of a similar new project by the NSW Government to make regional road safety improvements in NSW.

"Governments should also support the call for a roads network optimisation program to address urban congestion.

The Australian Logistics Council said the list highlights continued need for targeted investment in freight infrastructure projects that will enhance supply chain efficiency and safety, and make Australia more internationally competitive.

"It is essential that Australia makes infrastructure investment decisions that are based on sound principles and evidence-based assessments regarding a project's capacity to contribute to our economic strength, and liveability of our communities,” said ALC Chair Philip Davies.

Infrastructure Australia Chair, Julieanne Alroe said the line-up will help guide the next 15 years of investment.

Twenty-five new infrastructure proposals had been included in this year's publication, with the 2019 Priority List identifying a total of 8 High Priority Projects, 10 Priority Projects, 29 High Priority Initiatives and 74 Priority Initiatives.

Visit the Infrastucture Australia website and bigrigs.com.au for details.

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