Sydney launch for Transport Reform Network

Broad spectrum of interests seek public debate on land transport infrastructure planning and funding

Sydney launch for Transport Reform Network
Sydney launch for Transport Reform Network
August 28, 2012

The Transport Reform Network (TRN) initiative was been launched publically in Sydney today.

Backed by 35 construction groups, consultancies, accountancies, state governments and industry, commercial and social groups, TRN’s stated objective is to foster debate aimed at providing "more efficient, integrated transport systems and solutions - and a better, fairer deal for all transport users".

TRN Chairman and ConnectEast Managing Director Dennis Cliche says the inability of government to fund new land transport and meet the growing freight task, the lack of long-term planning and the unfunded backlog of maintenance were amongst issues that needed to be addressed.

Law firm Clayton Utz, a TRN supporting company, echoes the message.

"There are no easy answers to how we best tackle transport infrastructure reform," Construction and Major Projects Practice Head and Partner Doug Jones
(pictured) says.

"We need an honest and open public debate on how we as a country are going to increase the available funding for transport infrastructure – across all modes.

"A total intergovernmental review of transport funding and pricing arrangements in Australia, and the development of alternative models, is a good place to start.

"We must create sustainable funding sources for transport infrastructure if we are to meet the transport needs of future generations."

He believes there is a critical need for the country to address our infrastructure backlog and unlock productivity growth.

Based in Melbourne, the TRN has the support of the Victorian Transport Association (VTA).

In supporting the TRN’s aims, VTA Executive Director Phil Lovel has stated that transport reform "is vital for safety and productivity.

"The VTA fully supports using our road networks much more efficiently, and 24/7.

"Efficient freight transport links all businesses and communities across the nation and nothing is more important than a seamless and well-resourced infrastructure."

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