Topic archives: Infrastructure Australia

Should corridors be protected for HSR?

Should corridors be protected for HSR?

July 10, 2017 21

Infrastructure Australia reckons protecting corridors for East Coast High Speed Rail would save billions, but the case hasn't been made that the project makes sense

Does infrastructure cost a lot more on the fringe?

Does infrastructure cost a lot more on the fringe?

October 17, 2016 10

The answer is no one really knows, but policies with huge implications for the way cities work continue to be advanced on the assumption that costs are a lot higher on the fringe

Is High Speed Rail our National Boondoggle?

Is High Speed Rail our National Boondoggle?

April 12, 2016 9

The Prime Minister's embrace of east coast High Speed Rail and his spinning of value capture removes any doubt he's just as cynical and opportunistic as Labor and the Greens

Are infrastructure costs a lot higher in the outer suburbs?

Are infrastructure costs a lot higher in the outer suburbs?

March 1, 2016 5

It's a truism that development costs are much higher on the urban fringe than in inner areas. But there's little evidence the claim still holds and good reason to think it's no longer the case

Is the Australian Infrastructure Plan on the money?

Is the Australian Infrastructure Plan on the money?

February 23, 2016 5

Infrastructure Australia's new Plan contributes to the policy debate. Good. What we need now is selection of good projects and concerted action to improve the nation's infrastructure

Is value capture the silver bullet for funding infrastructure?

Is value capture the silver bullet for funding infrastructure?

February 22, 2016 5

Value capture is fashionable but it's complex and politically difficult. Although it should have a place in funding infrastructure, it's not a silver bullet; it's contribution is likely to be modest

Will simply building more public transport seriously suppress car use?

Will simply building more public transport seriously suppress car use?

February 18, 2016 52

The Prime Minister’s enthusiasm for cities is welcome. Now he needs to come to grips with the painful reality of how ineffectual most of the fashionable urban policy prescriptions are

Infrastructure: is there more to it than just building more?

Infrastructure: is there more to it than just building more?

May 25, 2015 4

Australian cities need to build more transport infrastructure to accommodate growth but it's not just about more roads and more rails; they also need to manage demand in smarter ways

Should Melbourne Metro have a station at Sth Yarra?

Should Melbourne Metro have a station at Sth Yarra?

May 19, 2015 6

Refusing to build a station in busy Sth Yarra as part of its promised Melbourne Metro rail line seems counter to good planning practice and looks politically risky for the Andrews Government

Should a rail line to Perth Airport really be the priority?

Should a rail line to Perth Airport really be the priority?

August 11, 2014 30

The WA Government says it will build a train line to Perth airport for $2.2 billion, but it makes no economic or social sense; as with Melbourne airport, there're much higher transport priorities

Are government traffic congestion forecasts too high?

Are government traffic congestion forecasts too high?

July 31, 2014 10

A draft Infrastructure Australia report says officially forecast traffic congestion is double what's actually happening; flawed methodology overstates the need for new urban roads

Infrastructure: do politicians care about the truth?

Infrastructure: do politicians care about the truth?

February 17, 2014 17

Claims made last week about High Speed Rail and the East-West Link show yet again just how blithely and contemptuously Australian politicians treat the facts - integrity is optional

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?

Is this the best (road) option for Melbourne?

Is this the best (road) option for Melbourne?

May 21, 2013 4

It looks like construction of Melbourne’s East-West Link freeway will go ahead while Melbourne Metro languishes, but the case hasn’t been made that the Link is the best road option available

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

Shouldn’t we talk about road pricing?

Shouldn’t we talk about road pricing?

September 9, 2012 46

The Chair of Infrastructure Australia, Sir Rod Eddington, called for a “mature and dispassionate” discussion about road pricing on Friday. Good, I wholeheartedly agree. This should be the number one issue for discussion nationally in planning the future of our cities.

Is this rail line too good to be true?

Is this rail line too good to be true?

July 26, 2012 43

Here’s some great news. A consulting team led by Curtin Uni’s Peter Newman has apparently found a way to reduce significantly the stratospheric cost of new urban rail lines in Australia’s capital cities. Professor Newman reckons a 12 km rail line running down the central median of Melbourne’s Eastern Freeway from inner city Clifton Hill to suburban Doncaster […]

Should new freeways be tolled?

Should new freeways be tolled?

June 18, 2012 13

The CEO of South Australia’s Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Mr Rod Hook, is reported to have said the only way the state will get any money from the Federal Government for new freeways is if it imposes a toll on users. Unlike Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, Adelaide doesn’t have any tolled roads (neither […]