Topic archives: freeway

Has an acceptable case been made for this (road) project?

Has an acceptable case been made for this (road) project?

August 20, 2015 14

Victoria's Auditor-General reckons the Government hasn't properly assessed the unsolicited proposal from toll operator Transurban for the widening of CityLink and Tullamarine freeways

Is one boondoggle as good as another?

Is one boondoggle as good as another?

September 2, 2013 44

Melbourne’s proposed East-West Link freeway has the makings of a boondoggle. But some of the mooted alternatives like the proposed Doncaster rail line would be boondoggles too

Infrastructure: what to do about the ‘Cleopatra Problem’?

Infrastructure: what to do about the ‘Cleopatra Problem’?

August 1, 2013 19

The cost of building transport infrastructure in Australia is stratospheric. Governments need to examine the causes, but they also need to look at new ways of managing future urban growth

Is there actually a sensible case for the East-West Link?

Is there actually a sensible case for the East-West Link?

July 17, 2013 18

The Victorian Government finally gave in to pressure and released more information on the business case for Melbourne's East-West Link. Does it provide a convincing argument for the freeway?

Why do governments favour road over rail in cities?

Why do governments favour road over rail in cities?

May 9, 2013 27

The Victorian government provided funding for a new city freeway this week but spurned a new rail line. It's important to understand why governments continue to favour roads over rails

Has the Coalition (already) broken a promise?

Has the Coalition (already) broken a promise?

April 9, 2013 11

The Coalition has committed to rigorously evaluating infrastructure proposals on merit if it wins government. But it seems its already blithely ignored its own promise

What’s your problem with public transport, Mister Abbott?

What’s your problem with public transport, Mister Abbott?

April 7, 2013 29

Tony Abbott's announcement that a Coalition government will fund new freeways in Australia's major cities but not public transport has no logical justification and will hold cities back

Does this freeway make any sense?

Does this freeway make any sense?

March 27, 2013 11

Tony Abbott and Dennis Napthine have effectively committed to Melbourne's proposed East-West Link "sight unseen", but it's likely the costs of this new freeway would well and truly exceed the benefits

Does Sydney’s CBD need another freeway?

Does Sydney’s CBD need another freeway?

March 6, 2013 17

The new freeway to the CBD touted by Julia Gillard and Tony Abbott is the last thing Sydney needs. It would provide limited benefits for Western Sydney and would be counter-productive for the CBD

Do new freeways signify progress?

Do new freeways signify progress?

July 1, 2012 24

According to Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, “almost nothing signifies progress more than new roads.” That line is from the speech he gave to the Federal Council of the Liberal Party on Saturday when he announced the Coalition’s Plan to Reduce Traffic Congestion. The Coalition’s Plan comprises a $4 billion commitment to accelerate construction of […]

Should public transport be subsidised?

Should public transport be subsidised?

May 15, 2012 30

Public transport travel in Australia’s capital cities gets a massive, growing financial subsidy (see exhibit). Passengers don’t pay for any of the capital costs and on average only pay for around a third of operating costs. Yet in spite of the subsidy, public transport only accounts for around 10% of all motorised trips. The single […]

Are conservative Premiers going all soft and gooey?

Are conservative Premiers going all soft and gooey?

April 1, 2012 8

Comments during the week by Australia’s two newest Premiers suggest traditional political understandings might need to be revised. Ideas like creating walkable communities and increasing social capital aren’t usually associated with the conservative side of politics, yet the Premiers of the country’s newest blue States are co-opting them with the enthusiasm of born-again hippies. First we […]

What should we do about the Airport?

March 19, 2011 25

The key transport challenge at Melbourne Airport isn’t to build a rail line to the CBD. Rather, it’s how to move growing numbers of travellers from dispersed suburban locations to the airport and back again. Here’s a (speculative) idea about how that might be done. This is a pressing issue because passenger movements through the […]