Truss on road trip to inform highway policies

Opposition spokesman on transport plans to use four-day trip to guide the Coalition's national highway priorities

August 6, 2012

The federal Opposition’s infrastructure and transport spokesman plans to use a four-day road trip from Victoria to South Australia to guide the party’s national highway priorities.

Warren Truss began his trip today to inspect the Western and Dukes highways.

Truss says the Coalition is committed to upgrading the Western Highway, which links Adelaide and Melbourne, east of Adelaide and eventually completing a four-lane road between both cities.

"Victoria’s Western Highway, which adjoins Dukes Highway in SA, is the main arterial for interstate trade between Melbourne and Adelaide and is the key transport corridor through Victoria’s western region, supporting farming, grain production, regional tourism and a range of manufacturing and service activities," he says.

Truss says a projected doubling of traffic volumes means appropriate plans and funding must be put in place to ensure the route remains a viable travel and freight corridor.

"At the SA border, 2,000 vehicles each day use the route, half of which are for commercial use," he says.

"Dukes Highway is one of SA’s busiest. According to the RAA [Royal Automobile Association of South Australia], the section between Tailem Bend and Keith records high traffic volumes of up to 4,800 vehicles per day - 40 percent commercial."

Truss says he intends to use the trip along both highways to speak to affected locals. The Nationals leader will stop at Beaufort, Ararat, Hamilton and Warrnambool today, before visiting Halls Gap and Stawell tomorrow. He’ll then stop at Horsham, Dooen and Keith on August 8, before driving to Adelaide on August 9.

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