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Roads Australia Insider - 11 September 2020


Shortlist announced for WSA terminal

The vision for Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport is a step closer to reality, with three parties shortlisted to build the airport's passenger terminal.

The three are:

  • Lendlease CPB Joint Venture (a joint venture between Lendlease Building and CPB Contractors)
  • Multiplex Constructions
  • Watpac Construction

The terminal precinct will include a public plaza, retail and dining options and will be connected to the new M12 Motorway and Sydney Metro - Western Sydney Airport train service.

Western Sydney Airport CEO Simon Hickey said this week design of the passenger terminal was ongoing and would be finalised when the winning contractor was appointed in mid-2021. Terminal construction is due to begin by the end of 2021.

The first stage of Western Sydney International is on track to open in 2026 and will cater for up to 10 million passengers a year. The airport is being designed to grow with demand and is predicted to reach 82 million annual passenger capacity in the 2060s, when it will become one of the largest gateways to Australia.

AAA challenges Canberra to make states and territories more accountable for infrastructure funding

Australia’s peak motoring body wants next month’s Federal Budget to make state and territory governments more accountable by linking Commonwealth infrastructure funding to reporting obligations.

New analysis by the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) shows almost half of the past decade’s road safety targets, agreed by all Australian governments in 2011, are on track to be missed, with a further quarter of the KPIs either still not being measured or reported or yet to have a target set.

The AAA’s Managing Director, Michael Bradley, says Canberra has a major role in incentivising state governments to measure and report on the commitments they make.

He says the Australian Government should commit $400 million annually to a Regional Road Incentive Fund, which can be accessed only by state and territory governments that meet National Road Safety Strategy reporting commitments.

The AAA is calling for money from the incentive fund to be earmarked for regional roads, where the fatality rate is almost five times higher than in metropolitan areas.

Melbourne PT users to shift to cars post-COVID: Monash report

Fewer people will use public transport and revert instead to cars once COVID-19 restrictions ease in Melbourne, causing more congestion.

This is among are the preliminary findings of a new report by the Monash Public Transport Research Group. The report on the long-term travel impacts of Victorians shows public transport usage could return to only 80 per cent of pre-COVID-19 levels, with rail the heaviest hit at just 69 per cent.

This latest research by Professor Graham Currie FTSE, Dr Taru Jain and Laura Aston is based on surveying of more than 2000 Melbourne citizens from the outer, middle and inner suburbs, representing a range of ages and socio-economic groups. The report was prepared for the Victorian Department of Transport.

Phase 1 surveys were conducted during the initial COVID-19 lockdown, with Phase 2 surveys completed during Stage 3 and early parts of Stage 4 restrictions across Melbourne. The final Phase will be conducted in late-2020 and early- 2021 on Melbourne’s transport behaviour as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Among key findings so far:

  • A number of respondents say they would reduce car ownership but increase car usage. Thirty per cent of respondents say they would use their current vehicle more, or a lot more, than before the COVID-19 shutdown.
  • There is an expected five per cent decline in total post-pandemic travel. An increasing number of people working from home is a contributing factor.
  • Bike commuting is predicted to increase by 55 per cent on pre-COVID levels.
  • Post-COVID-19 intention to work from home is expected to increase by 75 per cent, and up to 225 per cent for regular transit users.
  • One in five commuters are less likely to travel into the Melbourne CBD once restrictions ease, mainly due to increased work from home.

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