Arterial roads to receive star ratings by 2025

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Austroads has announced Australia’s states and territories will start publishing updated AusRAP star ratings for major arterial roads, aiming for all roads to be rated by 2025.

AusRAP star ratings are measured on a scale from 1 to 5 stars and provide a clear indication of a road’s safety performance, with the level of risk halving with each additional star.

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A 5-star rating represents the highest level of safety, while a 1-star rating indicates a higher risk.

Arterial roads are roads without controlled access that can carry a large volume of local traffic at a generally high speed.

The latest AusRAP Strategy and Business Plan by Austroads members outlined an objective that would ensure at least 80% of travel occurs on roads with a 3-star rating or higher by 2030.

Austroads will take on the responsibility of coordinating the program and supporting partners in its delivery, coordinating AusRAP activity across Australia, including reporting, data analysis and training of road managers.

“Road star ratings are a robust tool for communicating road safety information to the public,” says Austroads chief executive Geoff Allan.

“The process of collecting and processing the road rating data takes time and effort and the commitment by Austroads member organisations to publish the data is an important step forward.”

The commitment to publish star ratings represents a critical step in enabling Australia’s long-term vision of zero deaths and serious injuries in road crashes by 2050.

Infrastructure Australia chief of project advisory David Tucker says that the availability of road data will make the industry both safer and more efficient.

“Sharing data across industry and government can lead to better outcomes for communities, especially when it comes to the planning and designing of our nation’s major road infrastructure and ensuring they are safer, more sustainable, and resilient,” he says.

“Infrastructure Australia looks forward to collaborating with AusRAP and Austroads to achieve these outcomes.”

Austroads will collaborate with a diverse array of stakeholders, including the AAA, the Australasian College of Road Safety, the Australian Local Government Association, the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts, iRAP, the National Transport Research Organisation, state and territory governments, and local governments.

“Road safety ratings help to lift the standards of our roads,” Roads Australia CEO Ehssan Veiszadeh says.

“Roads Australia welcomes this collaboration between industry and government to share insights and data and publish assessments nationwide. With the road toll on the rise, road safety is a shared responsibility.

“This is a practical step towards improving transparency of safety standards of major arterial roads, in the hope this informs future planning and investment.”

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