Wire rope barrier rollout funding to be redirected to country roads
13 February 2018
An elected Liberals and Nationals government will suspend the blanket rollout of wire rope barrier and redirect funds toward road safety measures on country roads.
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy joined Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan in the Euroa electorate today to make the announcement.
Ms Ryan said the Liberals and Nationals would also establish a working group to look into how wire rope barrier could be used more strategically to save lives.
“If used strategically, wire rope barrier can save lives, but Labor’s rushed rollout is causing great concern for motorists across Victoria,” Ms Ryan said.
“The speed with which the project is being carried out is not allowing enough time for the scrutiny and inspection required to ensure the barriers are installed correctly which is resulting in barriers as close to 30 centimetres from the roadside when it is recommended they be placed a minimum of 4 meters from lanes.
“Emergency service workers from across Victoria have expressed how much of a hindrance the barriers are in fire situations, particularly in areas where there are not enough breaks in the barrier to allow access.
“It is exasperating to watch the out-of-touch Andrews Labor Government spending millions of taxpayers’ dollar on this when our roads are in desperate need of maintenance and repair.”
Ms Ryan said the Liberals and Nationals were not opposed to wire rope barriers when used strategically.
“In government we oversaw the successful installation of barrier in areas where there was clear evidence it would save lives,” Ms Ryan said.
“The safety benefits of wire rope barriers are indisputable when they are used in a strategic way, but Labor has taken this project and aggressively expanded the rollout with little consideration of where the barriers are being placed.
“We will suspend Labor’s careless rollout and establish a working group which will include key affected stakeholders to determine the manner and extent of any future implementation of barriers.
“Importantly, the money being used to fund the current rollout will be immediately redirected towards other country road safety measures.
“This will include improved and increased maintenance and management of roadside vegetation, currently being performed by push mowers because contractors can’t get through the barriers with tractors.”
Ms Ryan is circulating a petition calling on the current government not to wait for the election but to halt the rollout immediately.