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that there are great opportunities for regional areas for a whole
range of trials and tests.
The things that Transurban is looking at are great in terms
of getting closer to the reality of what we have available on the
motorways, but we will play a fairly direct role, and a disruptive
role, in how that works for a whole range of vehicle types.
This is parallel to the question of what the objective around
safety and congestion is. That answer will take a while to
emerge. I’m not sure about the timeline, so it’s interesting to
hear Lisa and Jessika talk about 10 and 20-year timeframes.
The law, regulation and insurance might be the limiting factors
on rushing progress. I think that there could actually be business
models, commercially, that will be available. If you ask us about
some of our new infrastructure, like a transit way, starting to
think about autonomy in those environments could be a little bit
sooner than we think.
CS: So, will I have to teach my seven-year-old twins how
LT: I don’t know. I’m not teaching my teenage children to drive.
CS: Tim, over the years we’ve seen various transport plans.
Is Future Transport just another plan? Or is it really going to
change how we travel in the future, bearing in mind that New
South Wales is forecast to have a couple of extra million people
over the next 20 years?
TR: We’re preparing the Future Transport Strategy right
now, and it allows us to have a think about how we’re going
to move across New South Wales in 40 years’ time. That’s
quite breathtaking, because the Government is allowing us
to look that far out. We’re in concert with the Greater Sydney
Commission, which is looking at a plan for growing Sydney.
That’s 20 years’ worth of what the reform, infrastructure and
services pipelines might be, and then some broad beams after
that out to 2056.
New South Wales will have 11 million people in it, and
Sydney will have eight million. Melbourne will be the same
at eight million. It’s quite extraordinary to think about in those
terms. It will have its own unique forms of density, and there will
be ongoing discussions and debate about that.
To be clear, it’s not just another plan. We did the Long-Term
Transport Master Plan in 2012, which was for 20 years. We said
we were going to refresh it after five years, and here we are,
doing what we said we would do. The reason we rushed the
plan refresh a little bit earlier than we thought is because we ran
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