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The Australian Government has today released a discussion paper on options for an independent price regulator for heavy vehicle charges.

Heavy vehicle operators currently pay for access to public roads through the federally managed fuel‑based road user charge and through state government vehicle registration fees. While the National Transport Commission makes an annual recommendation to governments regarding the level at which these charges should be set, governments have the final say.

The Australian Government has today begun consulting on options to improve the safety of motorcycle riders through the greater use of advanced braking systems.

The Advanced Motorcycle Braking Systems for Safer Riding early assessment Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) analyses options to improve safety for motorcycle riders by increasing the use of advanced braking systems.

Planning for the Australian and New South Wales governments’ $30 million upgrade of the M5 South West Motorway at Belmore is progressing well.                                                                        

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said the Australian Government’s record $75 billion transport infrastructure investment programme from 2017‑18 to 2026‑27 is building our future by creating jobs and delivering a safer, more effective national road network.

The 2017-18 Budget is a once-in-a-generation, $75 billion infrastructure budget that sets a long-term vision for our future and commits to game-changing infrastructure projects across the nation.  Our $10 billion National Rail Program will reduce travel times, connect people with jobs and provide more options about where to live, work and invest.

Our equity commitment of up to $5.3 billion towards a Government Business Enterprise to build and operate Western Sydney Airport ends decades of indecision, with initial works to commence before the end of next year.  The Turnbull Government is also providing an additional $8.4 billion equity to the Australian Rail Track Corporation for Inland Rail to provide a high-capacity freight link between Melbourne and Brisbane. 

The Turnbull Government has committed $30 million to develop a rail link between the CBD of Melbourne and Tullamarine Airport.

Such a link is critical to the effective functioning of Melbourne’s transport system as the city continues to grow strongly.

The Turnbull Government has committed up to $5.3 billion over 10 years in the 2017-18 Budget to build Western Sydney Airport through a new company, WSA Co.

This major funding announcement is integral to the Government’s commitment to ensure the new airport is operational by 2026.

The Turnbull Government today confirmed that it will build Western Sydney Airport.

Details of the Turnbull Government’s plan to build Western Sydney Airport will be announced by the
Treasurer in the Budget next week.

Thursday, 27 April 2017 15:40

Harnessing big data for transport planning

The massive amounts of Australian vehicle traffic data being collected via satellite could soon be used by the Australian, state and territory governments to plan for future investments in essential transport infrastructure.

Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher today released the terms of reference for the Data Collection and Dissemination Plan project, with a draft plan scheduled for release within six months.

Thursday, 27 April 2017 10:48

Massive conveyor to help fill Hornsby Quarry

Work to fill Hornsby Quarry is a step closer with around 40 pieces of conveyor equipment making the journey from Brisbane to Hornsby to assist with the task.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Paul Fletcher said once assembled, the $9 million conveyor system will transport spoil into the quarry as the first stage of transforming the site and giving public parkland back to the community.

Relief is in sight for the 85,000 motorists using the Ipswich Motorway daily, with the contract awarded for the $400 million Ipswich Motorway Upgrade from Rocklea to Darra Stage 1.

Premier of Queensland Annastacia Palaszczuk, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bailey and Attorney-General Senator the Hon George Brandis QC today announced the $400 million project contract had been awarded to Brisbane based Bielby Hull Albem Joint Venture.

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