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Is this (suburban) motorway a good idea?

Is this (suburban) motorway a good idea?

The Andrews Government's decision to build Melbourne's North East Link lacks transparency and analysis, but the idea of suburban motorways shouldn't be dismissed out of hand

The problem with Transurban’s proposed motorway

The problem with Transurban’s proposed motorway

Guest writer Russell Smith sets out the arguments against Transurban's proposed Western Distributor motorway in Melbourne's inner west

Is this motorway obviously a really stupid idea?

Is this motorway obviously a really stupid idea?

The Victorian government's proposal to build a major motorway in the suburbs is premature - but it highlights the need for a more mature discussion about the role of new roads

Damming an urban river for a damn motorway? Seriously?

Damming an urban river for a damn motorway? Seriously?

'River may be dammed for new tollway' says The Age. Either Victoria's Andrews Government has jumped the shark after just one year in office or Fairfax is getting further and further out of its depth

We’ve done it before, so why can’t we build heaps more rail lines?

We’ve done it before, so why can’t we build heaps more rail lines?

It might seem easy to build more rail lines given so many were built in the past. But in some cases we wouldn't tolerate the same conditions that provided much of our legacy infrastructure

Is building new lines the key measure of progress with rail?

Is building new lines the key measure of progress with rail?

The measure of how well cities do in improving public transport isn’t just extra kilometres of track; it's also how much extra capacity is provided in the public transport system as a whole

Is there a case for keeping the East West Link business plan a secret?

Is there a case for keeping the East West Link business plan a secret?

The Victorian Government says it can't release the business plan for the East West Link because it would bid up tenderers' costs. But the Productivity Commission says that's nonsense

Should Labor repudiate Melbourne’s East West Link?

Should Labor repudiate Melbourne’s East West Link?

Victorian Labor’s argument that it must accept a signed contract for the proposed East West Link if it wins this year's State election gets weaker as the November 29 2014 election date gets closer

Does Sydney’s CBD need another freeway?

Does Sydney’s CBD need another freeway?

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

What makes our cities special?

What makes our cities special?

I didn’t know that Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne have the largest concentration of privately funded motorways of any cities in the world until I read this recent paper, How different are Australian cities?. It’s written by Qld academics Glen Searle, Jago Dodson and Wendy Steele and has a few other surprises and curiosities too. The […]