Making Our Main Darwin Roads Safer

NT Government

The Lawler Labor Government is working to reduce the Territory’s road toll and make our road network safer, right across the Territory.

Budget 2024 invests $2.3 billion in transport infrastructure, with $91.8 million invested for road safety initiatives. This includes $6.5 million for pedestrian road safety infrastructure, $1.67 million towards road safety education and awareness activities, and $2.76 million for DriveSafe, the Territory Government’s driver licencing education program.

In an effort to make our roads safer, the Lawler Labor Government is reviewing street lighting infrastructure along the Stuart Highway, Bagot Road and McMillans Road in Darwin to improve road safety for pedestrians and drivers.

A consultancy tender has been out to market to conduct an investigation of current lighting infrastructure and provide recommendations for upgrades, including:

Stuart Highway – From the intersection of Bagot Road to Bombing Road, including the Bombing Road intersection.Bagot Road – From the intersection of Stuart Highway to the intersection of Trower Road, including both Trower Road & Snell Street intersections.McMillans Road – From the intersection of Bagot Road to the intersection of Vanderlin Drive, including the Vanderlin Drive Roundabout.

Over 68,000 vehicles use these main arterial roads daily.

These locations see significant pedestrian activity, with the Lawler Government committed to reducing the risk of death and injury on our roads, and to a long-term vision of zero road deaths and serious injuries.

The review is expected to commence late September 2024 and will take 12 weeks to complete, which will inform next steps.

Quotes attributable to Chief Minister, Eva Lawler:

“The Territory’s road toll is too high and we all need to play our part to ensure Territorians get home safely.

“Over 68,000 Territorians travel Bagot, McMillans and the Stuart Highway daily. We are focused on making sure that every Territorian is safe on our roads. Making sure everyone returns home safely everyday.”

Quotes to attribute to Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics Joel Bowden:

“The Lawler Labor Government is making sure our Territory road infrastructure is fit for purpose and safe for motorists and pedestrians.

“We are committed to continuing to work towards zero lives lost on Territory roads and following extensive consultation the 2024-2028 Road Safety Action Plan will be released for the NT in the near future.”

Northern Territory Government

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