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TRB Roadside Design Safety Meeting

In 2015, the Roads Australia Capacity Chapter is working with Austroads and key stakeholders to develop a national platform for road safety barrier installer accreditation.

Roads Australia recently facilitated the first Transportation Research Board AFB20 (2) Roadside Design Safety Meeting in Melbourne. The meeting of 100 local and international delegates was hosted by RA member, Monash University, and reviewed roadside safety status and developments in Australia.

The extensive agenda focussed on the installation and maintenance of roadside safety hardware, the safe system and roadsides, work zone safety and roadside safety hardware developments and motorcycle safety. Delegates also experienced Monash University’s CAVE2™ - the world’s most advanced 3D visualisation facility. Round table discussion at the meeting debated road safety barrier installation, wire rope barriers, guard rail posts and road safety barrier auditing with delegates.

Industry and suppliers strongly supported national certification for road safety barrier installers and delegates urged road authorities to assist in effectively eliminating poor installation practices by further investigating the UK’s LANTRA sector scheme model as a national platform for implementation across Australia.

Presentations from the event can be downloaded HERE  

 The next Transportation Research Board AFB20 (2) Roadside Design Safety Meeting and Summer Workshop will be held in Chicago on July 12-15, 2015.

Contracting opportunities in PNG’s road sector workshop

A collaboration of organisations, including the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG), the World Bank, Roads Australia and Cardno, held a forum in Brisbane to explore contracting opportunities and encourage Australian road contractors to bid for road projects in PNG.

The current government has committed funding to increase the availability and reliability of transport infrastructure. Road infrastructure maintenance and development are key priorities. 

Major initiatives include:

  • rebuilding the Highland Highway to world standard
  • upgrading major city roads to urban standard
  • rehabilitating 1,000 kms of the road network; and 
  • long-term maintenance of 4,000 kms of the road network already in good condition

The Government of PNG is keen to pursue the efficient and effective delivery of the 2015 works program to open up opportunities and deliver improved services to communities and markets.

Presentations and photographs from the event can be viewed HERE

Upcoming Roads Australia events

RA Single Table Luncheon with Charles Griplas (Melbourne)

BY INVITATION - Our guest speaker will be Mr Charles Griplas, Chief Executive Office of ConnectEastthe operator and concessionaire for the EastLink tollway, one of Victoria’s busiest and safest roads. 

This will be a unique opportunity for Roads Australia members and invited guests to hear about ConnectEast’s recent $300 million bond issue and its highly successful international roadshow to attract foreign investment, specifically from Asian markets.

 Proudly sponsored by SICE

SOLD OUT Thursday April 23 2015
12:00 till 14:30

2015 IRF/RA Regional Conference and John Shaw Award Dinner (Syd)

The IRF – RA Regional Conference for Asia and Australasia will take place in Sydney between May 4 and 6 2015, coinciding with the United Nations’ Global Road Safety Week.

Road safety, innovation and value-for-money procurement and delivery of infrastructure are the key themes of the Conference.

2015 John Shaw Gala Dinner - BOOK YOUR TABLES NOW

CLICK HERE for more information

Register Now Monday May 4 2015
08:30 till 15:00

RA Industry Luncheon with Minister Mullighan (Adelaide)

Roads Australia is delighted to welcome Stephen Mullighan MP, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure as the guest speaker at an industry luncheon in Adelaide on Tuesday 23rd June, 2015. 

Minister Mullighan will provide RA members and invited guests with his personal insight into South Australia’s infrastructure planning and key projects.

Proudly sponsored by Laing O'Rourke

Register Now Tuesday June 23 2015
12:00 till 14:30

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Did you know?

  • Australia's national road network is a $280 billion-plus asset.

  • The Australian road network covers more than 817,000 kilometres.

  • Approximately 657,000 kilometres are controlled by local government - although State-controlled roads account for about three quarters of all vehicle kilometres travelled.

  • There are more than 37,000 road bridges across Australia.

  • More than three quarters of all passenger kilometres travelled in Australia occur on roads.

  • Public transport is a major user of our road network. In Melbourne, for example, more than 80 per cent of all public transport kilometres are travelled on roads.