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Territorians have voted for the NT's Risky Roads

Territorians have voted in AANT’s Risky Road survey on the most dangerous and frustrating roads and intersections across the state.

Launched in early October, the survey data is now collated, and provides a user perspective of our most hazardous areas.

The AANT will now share this information with government agencies as part of its mandate to advocate for safer NT roads.

AANT’s CEO, Anthony Hill said “While the survey gave Territorians an opportunity to identify the most dangerous areas, they also presented an opportunity to offer guidance on how to improve them”

The responses highlighted three areas of concern: the Stuart Highway, Bagot/Trower Roads and regional/remote Highways. The 1500km plus Stuart Highway is the main connection between northern and southern Australia and a strategic road of economic importance. It rated in the top rankings of all sections of the report.

Each nomination details the issues that respondents have, as well as their comments and, in most cases, suggested improvements.

“We are very concerned that many of the outback unsealed roads appear not to be graded regularly and this is reflected most clearly in the comments around Remote Road nominations 3 and 5 - Buchanan Highway and Gorrie River, where nominees have been forthright: “Fix it now”, “Totally dangerous”, “Actually do something about it”. Given that the Towards zero 10-year statistics show that 73% of deaths occur on rural roads, it would be prudent to improve regional and remote roads, even if it was through more frequent grading.” Said Mr Hill

“Overall, Territorians felt that dangerous road design accounted for 42% of issues and road surface accounted for 23% of issues. The biggest issue for urban roads and intersections was road design with 46% and for remote roads, it was road surface with 39%. These are the biggest contributing factors to safety conditions on our roads. All road users must be able to feel safe while driving at safe speeds and be able to avoid unnecessary risk on the road”, said Mr Hill.

Where possible AANT used NTG’s crash data and annual average traffic audit data, to create a crash rate per 100 million vehicle kilometres travelled. 73% of crashes occur in regional/remote areas, and many remote highways had high crash rates, most notably the Sandover Highway.

According to the NT Infrastructure Plan 2021, plans are in place or underway to upgrade/address many of the urban and remote roads and intersections mentioned by our respondents, however AANT would like to raise concerns around the significant number of nominations from this survey that are yet to be prioritised as key projects.

AANT has done what it had committed to Territory residents who participated in this survey, that it would - to provide this constructive feedback to the Northern Territory Government, LGANT and relevant Councils for them to incorporate it into future budgets and infrastructure planning.

We have also asked relevant stakeholders to add their voice to strengthen advocating to the Northern Territory Government, LGANT and relevant Councils that they:

  • Prioritise nominations from this survey as key projects
  • Incorporate findings into budgets and infrastructure planning in a satisfactory timeframe

We expect to be able to provide Territory residents with a response from the Northern Territory Government and Councils in the coming weeks.

Full Report here

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