NSW projects fast-tracked
More than 30 new and fast-tracked health, education and transport and roads projects will be delivered across NSW within two years, as part of the NSW Government's $3 billion Jobs and Infrastructure Acceleration Fund.
The Fund is part of the NSW Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan, which will include an accelerated $600m in funding for projects built in four separate fields: health, education, transport and roads worth $2.4 billion.
The transport related projects that will receive accelerated or additional funding over the next two years to fast track employment, include:
- $28.2m Mamre Road Stage 1 (M4 Motorway to Erskine Park Road);
- $90m Spring Farm Parkway Stage 1; and
- An initial $20m to start work on the Coffs Harbour Jetty Foreshore precinct. Project up to $76m (subject to further community consultation)
Infrastructure Victoria proposes new PT fare model
Infrastructure Victoria is proposing a new, variable fare structure that would provide discounts for travelling outside peak times and for choosing less crowded services, such as the currently under-used bus network or weekend trains.
The recommendation is set out in a new report - Fair Move: Better Public Transport Fares for Melbourne – which looks at how to make Victoria’s public transport system cheaper, safer and fairer in the short to medium term.
Infrastructure Victoria notes that modelling shows that by offering different price options depending on when and how people travel, public transport can be cheaper, safer and fairer for most travellers, especially those on low incomes.
EOIs sought for Walkerston Bypass construction
Construction companies are being invited to submit their interest in building the $150 million Walkerston Bypass in Queensland.
When complete, the bypass will provide a 10.6-kilometre link between the Bruce and Peak Downs highways, following Stockroute Road before deviating south at the western end and joining the Peak Downs Highway west of Walkerston.
The first 2.6 kilometres of the bypass has already been built as part of the Mackay Ring Road, which opened last week.
Perth City Deal set to enhance active transport
Active transport infrastructure in Perth is set to be enhanced by a new billion-dollar partnership between the Commonwealth Government, WA State Government and City of Perth.
The $1.5 billion City Deal will bring government and private investment into the CBD, creating almost 10,000 jobs while encouraging more people back into the city creating flow on economic benefits for small businesses.
As part of the City Deal, $105 million has been allocated to the Perth CBD Transport Plan to upgrade cycling and walking infrastructure, bus stop accessibility upgrades and enhance Roe Street.
The centrepiece of this plan is the new Swan River Causeway Bridge, which will enhance road safety by taking cyclists and pedestrians off the existing Causeway Bridge and providing them with a dedicated river crossing.
The City Deal also allocates funding to several other projects designed to encourage more people to consider cycling, walking or catching public transport through the Perth CBD.