An election survey of more than 17,000 Australians has highlighted the difference in metropolitan and regional Australia’s road and transport priorities.

The survey – conducted by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) throughout the election campaign – confirms that traffic congestion rates as the number one priority in metropolitan seats, but the biggest priority in rural and regional areas is road safety.

The survey was conducted with the assistance of the organisation’s state and territory clubs (the NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAA, RAC, RACT and AANT) who represent eight million Australians.

“When asked to rate their top transport priorities, 71 percent of metropolitan respondents singled out issues related to traffic congestion; but in rural and regional Australia, 63 percent cited road safety,” said AAA Chief Executive Michael Bradley.

The AAA’s nationwide survey was part of the “My Money. My Transport.” campaign, which lets voters communicate directly with local Federal Election candidates on priority road and transport issues in their areas.