WestConnex: Responding to Population Needs, Easing Congestion and Creating a Better Connected Sydney
To help relieve mounting pressure on Sydney’s main roads, the NSW Government invested in WestConnex, Australia’s largest transport infrastructure project costing some $17 billion, which will widen and extend the M4, duplicate the M5 East and join them together to form a continuous, free-flowing 33 kilometre western bypass of Sydney’s CBD.
Ahead of the Congestion and Urban Mobility Summit 2017 we chat to Dennis Cliche, CEO of the Sydney Motorway Corporation and WestConnex. In this article we explore the impact of the WestConnex project for the residents of Greater Sydney and delve into the strategies employed; from financing to stakeholder engagement and project management, to effectively deliver the massive transport project.
Ahead of the Congestion & Urban Mobility Summit 2017 we chat to Wayne Harvey, Manager of the Smart Journey Systems Group which look after VicRoads’ arterial road network ITS infrastructure, which is valued at about $1 billion and comprises all traffic signals along managed motorways and network road aids.
In this article Wayne shares with us details of how VicRoads is working to ease mounting congestion pressure through the use of smart technology that will streamline and optimise the public transport network and encourage commuters out of private vehicles through faster, more frequent tram and bus services.
The latest travel time report published earlier this year by the Brisbane City Council proves congestion on Brisbane’s major local roads was getting worse with congestion levels up 3% across the network since last year and traffic crawling at a mere 27 km/h on 18 key corridors during the morning peak.
Brisbane as a city is the fastest growing region in Australia. With ongoing population growth and increasing pressures on the road network, Brisbane City is in need of new transport infrastructure and a shift in mindset to help encourage the use of public transport and cycle paths as a viable alternative to driving.
Ahead of the Congestion and Urban Mobility Summit 2017 we explore the challenges Brisbane City Council’s (BCC) comprehensive Transport Plan for Brisbane 2008-2026 is aiming to overcome and delve into the strategies Council is using to help reduce congestion and improve urban mobility.