The Australian Automotive Association (AAA) has revealed the top 10 worst sections of highway along the National Land Transport Network.
AAA’s Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP) examines the 247 sections of highway across the country that make up the 20,664km National Land Transport Network, and ranks them based on risk determined from the length of road section, traffic volume and casualty crash rates.
Between 2010 and 2014, there were 15,339 casualty crashes on the network, which caused 924 fatalities.
Topping the list is the M4 Western Motorway in New South Wales (NSW) between Parramatta Road and Concord to M7 Westlink.
Next is the M2/A2 Bass Highway in Tasmania from Nine Mile Road to Stowport Road.
Taking out bronze is the M31 Hume Motorway/Freeway in NSW, from the South Western Motorway (M5) to Narellan Road, Campbelltown.
Coming fourth on the list is the M1 Pacific Motorway in Queensland, between Gateway Motorway and Logan Motorway.
Tasmania scores again with the East Tamar Highway (A8) from the Alanvale Connector to Dalrymple Road.
Next is another section of the Pacific Motorway (M1) between Smith Street Freeway and the NSW border.
The Midland Highway in Tasmania is next on the list, from Evandale Main Road to Howick Street.
Yet another section of the M1 Pacific Motorway in Queensland makes the top 10, this time from Logan Motorway to the Smith Street Freeway.
Ninth place goes to the A1 Bruce Highway, also in Queensland, from Sarina to Mackay.
Finally, Western Australia’s Great Northern and Victoria Highway (M1) rounds out the top 10, from the Kununnurra turnoff to the border with Northern Territory.
The AAA is urging those who live near or use dangerous sections of the National Highway to contact their local member of parliament, and to do so by visiting the AusRAP website and sending a direct email to their federal parliamentarian.
AAA CEO, Michael Bradley, said: “Governments are rightly focussed on how to address the worsening road toll and this report highlights the areas of highway most in need of further investment in order to save lives”.
“Australia’s motoring clubs are calling on all governments to make targeted, effective investments in road safety, and we urge them to use our statistically-based analysis to help make those investments.”
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