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Topic archives: Infrastructure Australia

Should corridors be protected for HSR?

Should corridors be protected for HSR?

July 10, 2017 21 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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 Comments

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