Transport Experts And Industry Welcome Budget

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May 11, 2010

TRANSPORT EXPERTS AND INDUSTRY WELCOME BUDGET


The Federal Government’s continuing commitment to passenger transport has been welcomed

by transport experts and the Australian bus and coach industry. 


Transport economist Professor John Stanley of the University of Sydney welcomed the rollout of

the record $4.5 billion investment in passenger transport from the 2009 budget including the

Noarlunga Seaford Extension, and early construction works on the Gold Coast Light Rail.


“It is heartening to see the importance the Federal Government has attached to improving

transport infrastructure in our cities, which has been a no-go zone for Canberra for far too long,”

says Stanley.


“The focus on public transport from this Government is a landmark in terms of advancing the

productivity, liveability and sustainability of our cities,” he says.


Michael Apps, Executive Director of the Bus Industry Confederation, says the establishment of

the New State Infrastructure Fund, delivering $5.6 billion to projects over a decade, starting in

2012, is an opportunity to establish sustainable funding. 


“We have seen a record commitment to passenger transport in the 2009 budget and the

establishment of this fund is an important chance for the Commonwealth and States to set into

perpetuity a source of investment for passenger transport infrastructure,” says Apps.


Professor Graham Currie, Chair of Public Transport at Monash University says the

Commonwealth Government’s investment in passenger transport infrastructure was much

needed in the face of increasing congestion on our roads and overcrowding on public transport

systems.


Professor Stanley welcomed the establishment of the Fund, but called for a serious discussion

about road pricing reform as a source of guaranteeing continual investment in passenger

transport infrastructure. 


“I welcome the investment from the Government, but it can only form part of the large

investment in passenger transport we need to achieve a transformational change in the way we

move Australians. 

--ENDS--


Media Contacts:

Isuru Neelagama, Bus Industry Confederation (Call to organise interviews) – 0401 509 349

Michael Apps, Executive Director, Bus Industry Confederation – 0418 487 930

Professor Graham Currie, Chair of Public Transport, Monash University – 0414 852 699

Professor John Stanley, University of Sydney – 0418 992 227






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