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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:18 AM   #1
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Australia Needs $100 Billion to Maintain Infrastructure

Australia's failing infrastructure needs $100bn boost to keep pace, engineers say
8 September 2005
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AUSTRALIA'S rail network, local roads and stormwater and irrigation systems are barely adequate, each receiving a C-minus in a damning report into the nation's infrastructure.

Industry lobby group Engineers Australia, which gave the country's roads, rail network, electricity, gas, ports, water and airports a grading between A and F, found all required significant improvement before they met current and future needs.

The 2005 Australian Infrastructure Report Card gave an overall C-plus, an improvement, on the "abysmal" D-plus infrastructure was awarded in 2000, chief executive Peter Taylor said. But Australia had not made huge progress in five years. The standard of electricity supply and ports had declined, and rail networks, roads and stormwater and irrigation systems were the worst performing sectors.

He told the National Press Club yesterday it might take $100 billion to improve the systems. The report found many metropolitan rail networks were becoming congested, widespread delays remained and there were uncertainties with new investments.

"The Melbourne to Sydney to Brisbane corridor is still sub-standard and is seriously affecting rail freight viability," Mr Taylor said.

And cars were placing unsustainable demands on the road systems in major cities. The report estimated the total cost of congestion at $3 billion a year. Mr Taylor said significant improvements in public transport were essential to combat the problem and he believed a congestion tax, already in place in Singapore and London, would also be introduced in Australia.

Mr Taylor said most stormwater systems were old and funds for maintenance, repairs and renewals lacking. "Flood damage is the most expensive of Australia's natural disasters, averaging more than $300 million per year," he said.

Engineers Australia has called on the Government to establish an independent national infrastructure council. It would determine priorities for significant projects and decide whether they were better funded by the public or private sector.
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Old September 9th, 2005, 07:22 AM   #2
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how predictable
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Old September 10th, 2005, 05:08 AM   #3
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I need more money in my bank balance also. Maybe I should form my own lobby group and get the government to "grant" me a couple of million.
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Old September 10th, 2005, 05:43 AM   #4
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Well they're definatey not wrong, Australia's infastructure needs a lot of improvement, NSW is definately the biggest offender when it comes to this, NSW roads, rail and infastructure in general is absolutely horrible.
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Old September 10th, 2005, 05:54 AM   #5
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100 Billion seems way too much. Emphasis on the "way"
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Old March 29th, 2006, 05:28 AM   #6
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New Zealand Bus Photos

I came across this set of bus photos from New Zealand, which we don't see often in this section.

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Old March 29th, 2006, 07:16 AM   #7
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How could you miss Wellington trolley coaches?
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Old March 29th, 2006, 09:37 AM   #8
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The buses in Auckland were not bad consdiering the lack of public transport in that city.I used Stagecoach to travel to the inner city areas,Owera,Henderson and Mission bay.For short routes like Mission bay they were perfect in light traffic.For Owera and Henderson,which are about 40min to 60min away,the buses were infrequent and indirect.The routes they took were mainly on the back streets and not on the motoways which would of made the service far more effecient.The bus to Mission bay was packed,due to popularity of the place on the weekends.Passengers to Owera were kind of light and virtually no one took the bus to Henderson in the west.

In the inner areas in and around the city the bus system has electronic signs telling you when the next service will arrrive.Generally they came every 10 mins.I was impressed with this.I found it easy to hop from Parnell to Ponsonby and into the city quite effortlessly.

I tried to use the train from Henderson to Britomart.Unfortunately it was closed for trackwork.A pity really.I was going to take the train somewhere in Auckland on one of my Sundays off but when I got to Britomart station the next train anywhere was in 55 mins.One hour to wait for a train???

In the future maybe Auckland should become a bus city with seperate lanes and possibly roads so buses can run like a metro.
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Old March 29th, 2006, 01:15 PM   #9
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Yep, nothing beats the Wellington trolleybuses.

A lot of its fame is probably to do with the fact that it's the only remaining trolleybus network in the whole region - much like how Melbourne is the only city that has kept its trams.
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Old March 30th, 2006, 05:59 PM   #10
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dont forget about the buses in Christchurch, buses are heavily relied upon there too !



chk out www.redbus.co.nz
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Old March 30th, 2006, 06:17 PM   #11
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Feel free to add your photos to this thread!
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Wow I didn't see this till now; thanks HK!
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Old November 15th, 2007, 06:27 AM   #14
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Here's one of my own showing Melbourne's new Tourist Shuttle. This is a free service that travels around Melbourne, stopping at sites of interest.

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Adelaide Metro Buses

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Old November 15th, 2007, 07:55 PM   #16
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nice pics.....
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AUSTRALASIA | Urban Transport Compilation

I thought I'd add a few cities- and links from my region.

"Australasia" generally means Australia & New Zealand down here.

Currently only two threads in this forum are active in this area:

MELBOURNE | Metro Train Melbourne,
MELBOURNE | Tram

Local (SSC OzScraper) threads for Public Transport in General: Sydney Melbourne Brisbane Perth Adelaide New Zealand

A Summary of Metropolitan/Urban systems in the Region:

The links lead to the official sites ... cities in order of population, and basically, in order of traffic.

Other cities in the area which have fixed-rail urban transport (on-street, mainly tourist): Ballarat, Bendigo, Christchurch.
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Thanks!

This should help people alot.
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Veolia Auckland does have a website for Auckland's trains, but it's not the best website at the moment. It does exist, though!
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