Sydney Metro: City and Southwest (NSW)
M4 motorway upgrade, Parramatta to Lapstone (NSW)
Melbourne Metro Rail (Vic)
M80 Ring Road upgrade (Vic)
Ipswich Motorway Rocklea–Darra Stage 1c (Qld)
Western Sydney Airport (NSW)
Perth Freight Link (WA)
With all the talk about the digital economy, we’re in danger of forgetting that good road, rail, air and sea port infrastructure underpins our economic future.
Australia’s far-flung but highly urbanised population of about 24 million people – forecast by the Australian Bureau of Statistics to rise as high as 42.5 million by 2056 (8 per cent over the next five years) - presents a challenge to policy makers and to planners of the country’s transport infrastructure.
The design and structure of transportation to and from major population hubs will be crucial to the growth of businesses, to residential development, and to people’s ability to commute not only to and from cities, but from suburb to suburb and business hub to business hub.
For Infrastructure Australia, the key to co-ordinating infrastructure development is achieving consensus on the key priorities for nationally significant investment.
As a result of consultation with key levels of government in each state and territory, an Infrastructure Priority List has been drawn up, and is regularly updated.
“The key themes primarily include a focus on a timetable-free turn-up-and-go mass passenger metro services – similar to what is available in cities like New York, Singapore, London and Berlin – efficient and well integrated road and passenger rail networks, and streamlined national and state-based freight networks that operate independently from passenger rail networks,” says an Infrastructure Australia spokesperson.
“To meet our future population needs and take advantage of our unique position in the Asia Pacific, we will need to transform our infrastructure base and invest in new nation-shaping projects and policies.”