- Targets of Wheatbelt Highway Review released
- Includes Toodyay Road, the York Chidlow Road (Great Southern Highway) and Great Eastern Highway
- Review is part of Government's response to road toll
The State Government's Wheatbelt Highway Review working group has announced the stretches of road the review will target as it strives to reduce road trauma in the region.
Road Safety Minister Liza Harvey said Toodyay Road, the York Chidlow Road (Great Southern Highway) and the Great Eastern Highway would be the focus of the working group. The roads had the highest crash densities in the Wheatbelt region.
"The Liberal National Government is determined to do all it can to ensure the tragedy experienced on Wheatbelt roads in 2014 is not repeated - that is why we initiated this new approach," she said.
Mrs Harvey said the Wheatbelt Highway Review would see a range of Government departments and other relevant parties analyse and travel sections of notorious highway and come up with safety improvements in each of their expert areas.
"Each organisation does all it can to reduce road trauma but by literally inspecting these notorious stretches of road together we anticipate developing a number of initiatives to improve road safety across a range of expert fields," she said.
"This Wheatbelt Highway Review won't just call on experts, we will engage those who know the roads and the issues intimately - the local community which travel these roads every day."
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the Wheatbelt Highway Review was in addition to other work in the region, including road safety education in local sporting clubs and extensive road safety treatment works.
Mrs Harvey said the working group was finalising the arrangements for visiting the region and engaging with the community.
"The rate of fatalities has dropped about 23 per cent since the Government began its Towards Zero road safety campaign in 2008. We remain relentless in further reducing road trauma through safer roads, enforcement and education," she said.
- Wheatbelt Highway Review includes Office of Road Safety, Main Roads WA, WA Police and local government
Road Safety Minister's office - 6552 5900
Transport Minister's office - 6552 6400