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Roads Australia Insider - 23 October 2020

Change of Date - 2021 RA Transport Summit & John Shaw Dinner

A reminder that the 2020 RA Transport Summit and John Shaw Dinner originally scheduled for May 2020 then moved to October 2020 has now been postponed until 17/18 June 2021, with the John Shaw Dinner to take place on the evening of 17 June. 

The venue remains as previously advised – the Fullerton Hotel, 1 Martin Place, Sydney.

Roads Australia Director - Events Rachael Rooney has contacted all those who had booked seats/tables for these events advising that their seats will now be transferred to the new date in June 2021.

Further information on the 2021 RA Transport Summit is available here, and more details on the 2021 John Shaw Dinner can be found here

 If you have any questions regarding either event, please contact Rachael via email.


TfNSW Releases Transport Infrastructure Pipeline 2025

This week Transport for NSW (TfNSW) released its Transport Infrastructure Pipeline 2025 via an online event that included briefings from Ministers and senior leadership figures within TfNSW.

Enhanced pipeline visibility and industry engagement was a key recommendation in the Roads Australia Procurement Reform Report, as it provides industry with time to innovate in the procurement process to maximise efficiency and to deliver value for money. Detailed project scoping and delivery timelines, ideally out to two and three years ahead, would greatly improve the capacity of industry to deliver.

Details of the pipeline itself are now available via the TfNSW Transport Infrastructure Industry Portal.

This includes the ability to filter pipeline information by project type, scale, region and timelines to allow industry participants to find the information most directly relevant to them.


Feedback sought on New Bridgewater Bridge

The Tasmanian Government is inviting feedback on the reference design for the new $576 million Bridgewater Bridge, which is the biggest investment single transport infrastructure project ever undertaken in Tasmania.

 The new bridge forms part of the Hobart City Deal between the Tasmanian and Federal Governments and is intended to provide the state with a fit-for-purpose passenger and freight transport link between Hobart and northern Tasmania. The reference design includes a new two lane bridge and a second two lane bridge to be built on the alignment of the existing bridge, creating two lanes in each direction. This includes the removal of the existing bridge.

Details of the consultation process (which will include community information sessions) are available here. Submissions close on 13 November.

Progress on Warringah Freeway Upgrade

The NSW Government has released the shortlist of preferred tenderers for the upgrade of the Warringah Freeway in Sydney. The list comprises:

  • CPB Contractors
  • John Holland – Seymour Whyte joint venture
  • Warringah Linx (Acciona, Fulton Hogan, Georgiou joint venture)

The Warringah Freeway upgrade will provide connections to the future Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link, helping to relieve congestion on the Anzac Bridge, Sydney Harbour Tunnel and the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

 The project is also designed to enhance public and active transport options through a dedicated continuous bus lane onto the Harbour Bridge, new cycle and pedestrian paths and links to the new Victoria Cross station being built as part of the Sydney Metro project.


Austroads seeks input on review of AGTM

The Austroads Guide to Traffic Management (AGTM) is the primary guide for the Austroads Transport Network Operations program. Austroads is currently reviewing the purpose, objectives and structure of the AGTM to define the next generation guide that supports transport practitioners in the detailed planning, implementation, and operation of the road network, providing leadership and national consistency in best practice.

 RA is participating in the review across a number of areas, including on safety issues through the RA Road Worker Safety Group that has been established. As evidenced by the tragic death of a road worker on the Western Highway in Victoria this week, this is an area which requires a significant focus by industry, governments and the community.

 To assist the review, Austroads is currently seeking input from current and potential users to understand how they interact with the Guide, and how emerging practice areas might influence current and future guidance needs.

 Feedback can be provided via this online survey,

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