Home' Future Building: The Australian Infrastructure Review : Volume 3 Number 2 Contents We have to use our transport networks more
ef ciently, and nd ways to manage demand. That
could mean anything from cheaper night tolls for
trucks, to high-tech freeway management systems that
are now being installed, tolled corridors shared with
public transport, and integrated transport network
pricing to encourage the use of public transportation.
These discussions are not easy, and, in particular,
road pricing seems most sensitive for governments,
users and communities. But I believe we are
approaching a tipping point on this issue.
That being said, we have to work in today's
reality -- with the flexibility to deal with
I will not go into great detail about the
infrastructure challenge facing Australia; most of us
are all too familiar with that, and we get bombarded
every day about the growing backlog and how we
continue to fall behind.
But, using Sydney as an illustration, we know
that the problem is urgent. Recent data has shown
that there will be another one million people in the
western suburbs alone over the next 20 years.
Freight volumes at Port Botany are expected to
increase more than threefold by 2031.
Passenger volumes at Sydney Airport are predicted
to more than double by 2029, and congestion on
motorways such as the M5 already spreads far beyond
the traditional peak periods.
So it's little wonder that the project to widen the
M5 Motorway was top of the agenda during the most
recent New South Wales election.
Peaks are growing and spreading -- they are
eating up the capacity of our roads. The M5 has
grown dramatically from 1996 to today, and there
are a couple of interesting points to note. Traf c
at all times of the day has increased, and it is now
as busy in the 'counter-peak' period as it is in the
traditional peak period.
Using Sydney as an illustration,
we know that the problem is
urgent. Recent data has shown
that there will be another one
million people in the western
suburbs alone over the next 20
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