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Report

The Suburban Rail Loop: not needed, not fit for purpose and a debt bomb

This report examines the merits of the Victorian government's decision to invest in the Suburban Rail Loop (SRL) project, as part of their overall 'Big Build' infrastructure policy.
Conference paper

$35 billion is a lot for a subway that won’t really improve accessibility all that much

Compared to Melbourne's current the Suburban Rail Loop project, this paper argues that much more service, and thus accessibility, could be provided for a given budget through surface upgrade options. To test this assumption, the paper uses an ‘Alternative Network’ structure using a conservative but...
Report

Inland Rail: derailed from the start

The Inland Rail project has the potential to provide significant benefit to rural, regional and urban communities — enabling a more efficient movement of freight across Australia and further diversification of the nation’s freight infrastructure. However, throughout this inquiry, the committee heard a number of...
Report

Follow up of managing the level crossing removal program

This audit was conducted to see if the Department of Transport, and the Major Transport Infrastructure Authority, had effectively addressed recommendations made in an earlier (2017) audit report.
Report

National transport regulatory reform

The Australian Government asked the Productivity Commission to assess the economic impact of reforms to transport regulation agreed to by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in 2008-09. Those reforms relate to heavy vehicle safety and productivity, rail safety and maritime safety. This report outlines...
Report

Fast train fever: why renovated rail might work but bullet trains won’t

This report shows that while a bullet train may be a captivating idea, it’s not realistic for Australia. Our population is small and spread over vast distances; the countries most like us – Canada and the United States – don’t have bullet trains either.
Report

Freight outcomes from regional rail upgrades

This audit examines whether regional rail upgrades are improving rural freight outcomes in a timely and cost-efficient way.
Strategy

National rail action plan

This plan is an agreed set of actions that will be undertaken by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments and key members of the rail industry.
Draft report

The draft New Zealand rail plan

This draft plan outlines the New Zealand Government’s vision and priorities for rail. The long-term vision is for New Zealand’s national rail network to provide modern transit systems in the largest cities, and to enable increasing volumes of freight to be moved off the roads...
Conference paper

The power of integrated spatial modelling: RailSmart Planning Wanneroo

This paper discusses a major Smart Cities project, the output of which is an interactive digital platform which tests optimal public transport patronage and employment creation potential of various railway station development options.
Commentary

Regional cities beware – fast rail might lead to disadvantaged dormitories, not booming economies

We don’t yet know for sure what the effects of fast rail on regional cities will be. But the impact of this infrastructure needs to be assessed very carefully lest it turns Australia’s regional cities into dependent population dormitories rather than regional dynamos, at vast...
Draft report

Draft Queensland transport strategy

The 30-year vision detailed in this draft strategy shows how the Queensland government plans to harness emerging transport trends to continue to move people and products safely and efficiently into the future.
Report

Inland Rail supply chain mapping: Parkes to Narromine pilot project report

CSIRO research into the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project has determined that shifting horticulture and processed agriculture from road to rail could reduce transport costs for the agricultural industry by an estimated $70 million per year.
Report

Green track for Parramatta light rail: a review

Green track is a vegetative layer composed of turf, grasses or groundcovers, planted into (i.e. between and parallel) light rail track beds. This review assesses the viability of establishing green track as part of the Parramatta Light Rail project by Transport for New South Wales.
Strategy

The sandstone mega-region

The Committee for Sydney has produced this blueprint for uniting Newcastle, the Central Coast, Sydney and Wollongong into an economic powerhouse of ten million people.
Briefing paper

Inland rail industry briefing: May 2018

Inland Rail is the largest rail freight infrastructure project in Australia’s history. This briefing aims to provide information about opportunities for private sector participation in Inland Rail, current scheduling, an overview of the social performance requirements for businesses to work on Inland Rail.
Report

Assessing benefits from the Regional Rail Link project

The Regional Rail Link (RRL) project was, at the time of its approval and delivery, one of the largest and most expensive rail projects ever built in Victoria, with an estimated final cost of $3.65 billion. This audit assessed whether the RRL project is realising...
Report

Managing the level crossing removal program

This report examines whether the level crossing removal project is cost-effective in terms of whether it has improved, or is expected to improve, the safety and efficiency of the state’s road and rail network.
Report

Value of rail: the contribution of rail in Australia

This report argues that Australia will have to develop its multi-modal transport solutions, with light and heavy rail as its spine, to provide the solutions that Australia needs in shaping our cities and our regions into the future.
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Did Infrastructure Australia say Queensland's Cross River Rail project is not needed until 2036?

The Leader of One Nation in Queensland, Steve Dickson, says Infrastructure Australia has said the Cross River Rail project is "not needed" until 2036.