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Old May 3rd, 2014, 06:02 PM   #961
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Roe Highway, Perth, WA

Roe Hwy extension to go ahead, funded by toll, in $600m deal with Federal Government

WA is set to get its first toll road as part of a deal that would see the controversial Roe Highway extension in the southern suburbs go ahead with hundreds of millions of dollars from the Federal Government.

The Sunday Times can reveal the Barnett and Abbott governments have been working on an agreement ahead of the Federal Budget that would see the Commonwealth pay for the bulk of the $600 million project on condition that a toll on commercial heavy vehicles using the road is introduced.
Full story: http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/west...-1226904408213
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Old May 6th, 2014, 06:46 AM   #962
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Judging from the pics, 60 km/h seems to slow for that type of road.

I'm glad they raised it to a higher level (90 km/h in this case)
Those signs are variable - at 60km/h, it is likely that there are either road works or an accident in proximity to that area. A lot of the newer motorways here in Australia have that feature. They are controlled remotely usually by a central facility, I think.
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Old May 7th, 2014, 01:15 AM   #963
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They are controlled remotely usually by a central facility, I think.
When the city budget is at deficit the limit goes to 60, when it is balanced goes back to 90
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Old May 9th, 2014, 10:03 PM   #964
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Ipswich Motorway, Brisbane, QLD

Budget provides $280 million for final section of Ipswich Motorway

Tuesday's Federal Budget will contain $280 million to finish the final section of the Ipswich Motorway, Fairfax Media can reveal.

That money will cover the stretch from Darra through to Rocklea, the last section to be upgraded in the multi-billion project which has dramatically improved traffic flow between Ipswich and Brisbane.

That work will mean the end to the ugly, awkward queues as heavy traffic blocks one lane as it tries to leave the Brisbane-bound section of the Ipswich Motorway near the Oxley Hotel.

It could also trigger debate about the proportion of federal to state government funding on national highway projects because the $280 million is 50 per cent funding for the project.

This document shows the total cost of the Darra to Rocklea section is $558 million, meaning the $279 million is half the cost and the Queensland Government will match the funds.
Full report: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/quee...509-zr89c.html
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Old May 12th, 2014, 11:04 AM   #965
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Tuesday's Federal Budget is expected to be a horror budget, as the government attempts austerity type measure to get the budget back under control. Amongst the hype if a deficit levy, com-payments to visit the doctors and 70 government agency set to be scrapped, merged, reformed or reorganised.

On the up side, this budget will be a bumper budget for motorists. According to Sunday's news report the budget will outline $82bn of spending on roads over the next six years.

$40bn is expected to come from the Federal Budget and $42bn to come from State Budgets and the private sector. Lucky Queensland is expected to receive $13bn of which Ipswich Mwy project is part of.

The extra roads funding will be spent on projects announced within the last few weeks including Roe Hwy Perth, East West II Melbourne, Badgerys Creek roads- Western Sydney.

Some of the roads spending will be paid for by the motorist too, with annual indexation of federal fuel taxes set to be reintroduced for the first time since 2001.
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Old May 12th, 2014, 11:23 AM   #966
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Victorian State Budget 2014

Budget season kicked off in Australia with the Victorian Budget handed down last Tuesday. With a State Election looming in November the government has gambled that infrastructure will win them the election as they unveiled their own $27bn infrastructure agenda.

Key elements include:
-East West Stage I (eastern section) (announced in last year's budget)
-East west Stage II (western section)
-a new underground rail link that connects the Frankston line directly to Southern Cross station from South Yarra (this allows for long term reorganisation of the metro rail network and city loop; and a 30% capacity increase)
-a new rail connection to Melbourne Airport
- a major upgrade of the Dandenong rail corridor
-the $850m Citylink upgrade
-continuation of the level crossing removal program

This State Budget includes funding for:
-duplication of Princes Hwy (west of Geelong) from Winchelsea to Colac (federal contribution expected to follow)
-removal of at-grade intersection on Princes Hwy East & Sand Rd (near Longwarry) by constructing interchange
-a similar type project on the Calder Hwy & Calder Alternate Hwy just south of Bendigo
-metropolitan level crossing removals at Main Rd - St Albans, North Rd - Ormond, Burke Rd - Glen Iris & Blackburn Rd - Blackburn.
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Old May 14th, 2014, 01:50 PM   #967
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Mitchell Freeway extension, Perth

The Western Australian State Budget contained $320m over four years for the extension of the Mitchell Fwy in the northern suburbs of Perth. The extension from Burns Beach Road in Joondalup to Hester Avenue in Clarkson is about 4-5km long and continues to follow the corridor set by the railway line.

The Reid Hwy around the junction with Mitchell Fwy (2km section) will also receive an upgrade to dual carriageway.

Furthermore, the Federal Budget last night allocated more funds to the Tonkin Hwy in Perth's northern suburbs to remove lights and grade separate at three intersections: Benara Rd, Morley Drive and Collier Rd. This project upon completion, in conjunction with the Gateway WA project will make the Tonkin Hwy a proper freeway standard road in the main part of suburban Perth.
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$ 1 billion for a 900 meter road project? It sounds like that money could be put to better use in the region. The road to be replaced - South Road - is already an 8-lane arterial.

It seems that the Commonwealth and South Australian Governments have come to agreements with the South Road upgrade. The $1b Darlington section will be done at the cost of about $620m (if I recall correctly), the step drop in price is probably the result of the public transport component of the project no longer going ahead - there was to be an extension of the Tonsley rail line to Flinders Uni.

There is also agreement on the Torrents to Torrents section of South Rd which has now got the go ahead and upgraded within the next few years.

After that, I think the next part to receive consideration is between Darlington and Anzac Hwy (south west of city).
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Old May 14th, 2014, 02:34 PM   #969
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The new government seems firmly commited to improving mobility in Australia.

Australia's metropolitan road infrastructure has always been subpar compared to the U.S., most of Canada and perhaps even some European cities.
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In terms of road mobility, that is certainly true.

However Abbott has indicated that he is not interested in funding public transport projects; not sure this one eyed approach is the right way to go about things.

Most Australian SSC formers will be quick to tell you how much they disapprove of it.

Our rail infrastructure would also be on sub par with many American and European cities.
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Old May 15th, 2014, 10:34 AM   #971
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In terms of road mobility, that is certainly true.

However Abbott has indicated that he is not interested in funding public transport projects; not sure this one eyed approach is the right way to go about things.

Most Australian SSC formers will be quick to tell you how much they disapprove of it.

Our rail infrastructure would also be on sub par with many American and European cities.
It does annoy me when a government invests in one form of transport infrastructure whist ignoring another. Worse, funding it by making cuts where it hurts most. We are suffering massive cuts here in Qld to our health budget to fund infrastructure. Not a price worth paying IMHO.
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Old May 15th, 2014, 01:53 PM   #972
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The new government seems firmly commited to improving mobility in Australia.

Australia's metropolitan road infrastructure has always been subpar compared to the U.S., most of Canada and perhaps even some European cities.
Are you trying to be funny? Australia has probably invested more money per capita into roads than any other country in the world over the last 30 years with the exception of maybe New Zealand. Obviously no European cities come close to any Australian cities. The only ones that do are some US cities and Auckland.
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Old May 15th, 2014, 04:38 PM   #973
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Australian cities have a very low freeway lane mileage per capita in the "new world". This results in a very high travel time index.

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Old May 15th, 2014, 05:37 PM   #974
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Are you trying to be funny? Australia has probably invested more money per capita into roads than any other country in the world over the last 30 years with the exception of maybe New Zealand. Obviously no European cities come close to any Australian cities. The only ones that do are some US cities and Auckland.
You're might be right about road investment in the last 20-30 years (both Australia and NZ) but you also have to remember that Australia was very slow getting started with freeway building. While whole freeway systems existed in many North American cities in the 1960s (Toronto was even the process of eidening the 401 to 12 lanes), Australian cities had barely started building their networks.
Basically the spurt that started in the 90's in Australia was what happened 30 years earlier in North America.
25 years ago, Australian cities had small and fragmented freeway networks.
Most west European counties also had substantial freeway networks by the 1970s. Since 1980 the rate of buliding has slowed as the networks were already there for the main part (with the exception of countries like Spain and Portugal which have developed large, high quality freeway networks in the last couple of decades). For the most part European cities haven't had to deal as much (compared to N.A and Austr.)with building freeways in existing urban areas as European cities are generally more compact and large aglomerations are often polycentric urban regions with plenty of green space to build freeways without having to cut through pre-existing nerighbourhoods. A problem that Australian cities do have to deal with.
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Old May 15th, 2014, 07:02 PM   #975
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Australian cities really don't have impressive motorway/freeway networks. Only Melbourne has quite an extensive network, but it doesn't have an orbital (Sydney does, but the rest isn't impressive).
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Only the Warringah Freeway stands out, but it's only 2 kilometers long. The rest of the motorways of Sydney look like they could've been in rural Germany in terms of lane count.

Brisbane has catched up though.
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I would say Melbourne and Brisbane both have good networks.
Perth is pretty good and it's network will get bigger in the coming years.
Sydney has the orbital but generally it's mediocre at best.
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Are you trying to be funny? Australia has probably invested more money per capita into roads than any other country in the world over the last 30 years with the exception of maybe New Zealand. Obviously no European cities come close to any Australian cities. The only ones that do are some US cities and Auckland.
You should check out the motorway networks of Paris, Madrid and the Ruhr.
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Europe has approximately 93,000 kilometers of motorway.
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and more than 25 times the inhabitants of Australia...
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