FUNDING THE FUTURE: AUSTRALIAN ROADS: THE MAJOR FINDINGS OF THE NAASRA ROADS STUDY, 1984

During the period May 1980 to February 1984 the National Association of Australian State Road Authorities (NAASRA) carried out a major study of Australian roads. With the advent of the Australian Bicentennial Road Development Program (ABRD) in 1982/83, spending on roads in 1983/84 was $3,200 million in today's (1983/84) values. If the present level of road funding continues it will be insufficient to overcome the backlog of poor roads evident in 1981, even allowing for ABRD funds and indexation for inflation. In fact, for most major roads in both country and city areas the backlog will increase. An immediate increase of 25 per cent over the 1983/84 funding (including ABRD), indexed for inflation and sustained for the rest of the 1980s, will: a) enable reasonable progress on national highways. Only 3,000 kilometres (20 per cent) would remain below the required standards; b) prevent, by 1991, an estimated 85 fatal and 1,150 injury accidents eacy year; c) save, by 1991, an estimated 235 million litres of fuel each year; d) provide an excellent economic return to the whole community, by reducing the massive cost of travel on Australian roads; and e) provide an extra 50,000 jobs in the road industry. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Australian State Road Authorities, Nat Assoc

    P.O. Box 489
    Milson's Point, New South Wales,   Australia 
  • Publication Date: 1984

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 32 p.
  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: R-5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00390345
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1984 12:00AM