The 2018/19 Black Spot Programme funding allocations have been announced for Victoria, with a total of $14.7 million allocated to road safety improvement projects. There were a total of 46 applications funded in Victoria in the 2018/19 round and the funded projects can be found at http://minister.infrastructure.gov.au/pitt/releases/2018/august/kp015_2018.aspx
Black Spot funded projects are targeted at improving locations with a demonstrated history of road crashes, with funding allocated on the basis of selecting treatments with high benefit-cost ratios to directly address safety issues. These projects provide excellent outcomes for the community by reducing the number and severity of road crashes.
HDS Australia prepared Black Spot applications for 18 sites on behalf of 7 councils for the 2018/19 round of funding. Eight of these applications were successful, continuing HDS Australia’s excellent track record of delivering Black Spot investigations.
Notably, this year the total funding for Victoria was down from $14.7 million in the 2018/19 and the Benefit Cost Ratio required to obtain funding was approximately 6, indicating significant competition amongst high quality applications for limited funding. This year a total of $2.2 million has been allocated for road safety improvements to the 7 councils for whom HDS Australia prepared applications.
HDS Australia is currently in the process of preparing applications for the 2019/20 funding round. We have considerable expertise in providing low cost, practical solutions to improve road safety and would be happy to discuss providing assistance and investigation services to Councils who are interested in making applications to this year’s funding programme.