Coalition Welcomes IA Public Transport Report

The Coalition Government today welcomed the release of Infrastructure Australia's report on outer urban public transport, which provides recommendations to improve public transport connections in Australia's major cities.

Minister for Cities, Urban Infrastructure and Population Alan Tudge said the Government recognised effective and efficient public transport for outer suburbs was central to busting congestion in our major cities and was a challenge for all levels of government.

“Having effective public transport connections is critical in providing access to jobs and services—maintaining our cities as liveable, thriving and vibrant economic centres—and the Government welcomes IA's contribution to this important debate,” Mr Tudge said.

“The Coalition are investing significantly in public transport for urban areas across Australia's major cities as part of our $75 billion commitment to transport infrastructure.”

“While state governments own, operate and have financial responsibility for public transport networks, the Coalition has invested more funding into public transport than any other federal government in history,” Mr Tudge said.

The Coalition's investment is public transport infrastructure includes:

  • $5 billion to link Melbourne Airport to the city;
  • $475 million for Monash Rail;
  • $225 million on upgrading the Frankston to Baxter Link;
  • $160 million on the Geelong Rail Line upgrade;
  • $50 million for rail business case to link Western Sydney to the airport;
  • $2.3 billion towards Perth's METRONET projects
  • $300 million to develop Brisbane Metro;
  • $220 million to electrify the Gawler line in Adelaide

Mr Tudge said this kind of investment keeps our capital cities moving and ensures those living in outer suburbs are not being forgotten.

“These investments provide huge benefits for commuters in outer suburban areas who so often have to spend long periods of time stuck in traffic to get to work.”

“Our cities are expanding rapidly, particularly in outer urban areas, and close to half the population of our five largest cities live in these outer suburbs. This makes public transport and urban planning key to unlocking economic prosperity, improving liveability and creating the cities of the future.”

The Outer Urban Public Transport: Improving accessibility in lower-density areas report can be accessed at www.infrastructureaustralia.gov.au

More information on the Australian Government's infrastructure project pipeline is available at http://investment.infrastructure.gov.au/infrastructure_investment/investment_road_and_rail.aspx.