Even yesterday I was looking for flights between Sydney and regional NSW and the price is way way too high much higher than it should be. We have a major flaw in the way transport projects and post build operation are priced and business cases are flawed deliberately to enable the facilitation of large projects to big business whom return the favour to politicians.
I agree with recent discussions on here a national rail passenger operator called say "ausrail" funded and operated by the commonwealth is desperately needed with the focus initially being on capital city routes then moving to planning for more regional services as required,
Considering the dodgy way roads are justified why does rail not get the focus it rightly deserves? Other countries now are focusing on rail as the way forward for transport use and planning with Europe already putting large investments into passenger rail. The USA is now planning to do the same.
Evidence has shown again and again that urban motorways induce more traffic, rather than “busting” it as proponents claim; that they do not stack up financially, in part because they rely on flawed “traffic busting” modelling; and that they are actively hindering our efforts to fight climate change.
Something Europe has already discovered like China and the USA now.
The North East Link’s price tag more than doubled after its benefit-cost ratio was calculated by Infrastructure Victoria, and it has not been re-assessed since; the West Gate Tunnel has completely circumvented this assessment process.
And of course the East West Link, which the Victorian Opposition are inexplicably still fighting for, was a total dud at a BCR of 0.5
So why down in Victoria are they still planning to build a road which has not financial value in the end and will only create more pollution and damage the environment? To you and I it makes absolutely no sense so why is it going ahead?
The WGT is even poorer and a bigger dud so why is it going ahead? Who is paying who?
Australia must ‘move on’ from freeway fantasy, not High Speed Rail