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Priority Projects

Infrastructure investment

Australia needs rapid delivery of high-quality transport infrastructure projects that are consistent with the development of a world-class 21st Century transport system.

AAA member clubs have outlined the following priority projects that would enhance the capacity and operations of Australia’s land transport system. These projects have been identified against the four system outcome areas identified for the proposed Land Transport White Paper:


State priority projects


M1 Motorway extensions

SouthConnex Corridor (M1 Princes Motorway extension) and road upgrades to Sydney Airport and Port Botany.


M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace.


Local Council Road Maintenance Backlog

Increase Roads to Recovery Funding to address local road funding shortfalls.


Northern Beaches Transport Corridor

Western Harbour Tunnel: Third road crossing from Rozelle (north extension node of Westconnex) across Sydney Harbour to North Sydney.

Northern Beaches Link: Potential road, bus and rail options to improve connection to the Northern Beaches.


Regional Highway Upgrade Package

Newell, Mitchell, Great Western, Barton & Kings Highway upgrades - major safety upgrades including duplication, overtaking lanes bypasses, flood mitigation on the Newell Highway and other safety enhancements.


Passenger Rail Upgrades

Western Line Rail Capacity Improvements: Connectivity between Parramatta and Sydney CBD, Access to Western Sydney Airport.


Sydney Metro: Rail connections from Chatswood to Bankstown and possible extensions to South West Sydney.


Newcastle – Sydney and Wollongong rail line upgrades: Rail connections between Newcastle, Wollongong and Sydney CBD.



North East Link

Fund the construction of the North East Link, connecting the M80 Metropolitan Ring Road to the M3 Eastern Freeway and Eastlink.


Monash Freeway widening

Fund the Stage 2 widening of the Monash Freeway to Pakenham, including managed motorway technology.


Metro Rail Tunnel 2 business case

Prepare the business case for Melbourne Metro 2


Regional Highway Duplications, Safety and Maintenance package

Accelerate the Western Highway duplication and bypasses


Implement regional highways AusRAP safety and maintenance program;


Melbourne Airport Rail Link

Construction of a high speed direct connection between Melbourne CBD and Melbourne Airport



Bruce and Warrego Highway

Commit funding to complete the 10-year Bruce Highway Upgrade Program


Commit funding and partner with the Queensland Government to establish and run the Bruce Highway Trust ($800 million federal contribution)


Commit funding to the Warrego Highway project. This includes major upgrades to the highway between Toowoomba and Miles as well as Ipswich to Toowoomba safety improvements


Pacific Motorway

Complete upgrade to six lanes between Varsity Lakes and Tugun. Commit additional funding to upgrade to eight lanes from Gateway Motorway to Loganholme and continue to upgrade interchanges between Brisbane and Gold Coast to improve safety and capacity.


Commit funding to the development of the Coomera Conector from Stapylton-Jacobs Well Road to Nerang-Broadbeach Road as a multimodal corridor to relieve pressure on the M1


Rail Infrastructure

Commit funding to deliver Cross River Rail to provide a second river crossing and add capacity in inner Brisbane


Commit all funding to complete Beerburrum to Nambour Rail Upgrade to take pressure off the Bruce Highway


Regional Roads

Commit funding for regional roads in Queensland as prioritised through multiple programs including (but not limited to) the Inland Queensland Road Network Strategy (IQRNS), Roads to Recovery, Northern Australia Roads and Beef Roads Program


Australian Road Assessment Program (AusRAP)

Commit annual funding dedicated to a mass action safety program of low-cost, high impact safety treatments to be delivered on State roads and higher order Local Government roads.


South Australia

North-South Corridor

Fund construction of the remaining sections of the North-South Corridor, between Ashwin Parade and Tonsley Boulevard.


Augusta Highway

Staged duplication of the Augusta Highway between Copper Coast Highway and Port Augusta to improve safety and future productivity on this corridor.


Dukes Highway

Staged duplication of the Dukes Highway between Tailem Bend and the South Australia/Victoria border to improve safety, productivity, and future proof this corridor for autonomous vehicle trials.


Riddoch Highway

Include this highway on the National Highway Network to ensure ongoing federal funding is made available to maintain and upgrade the route. Immediate upgrade required to achieve a minimum 3 star AusRAP rating to meet the agreed international minimum benchmark.


Grade separations of major level crossings

Grade separate the level crossings on the main rail corridor at intersections where arterial roads intersect with rail freight corridors, including Cross Road, Torrens Road, Kings Road, and Waterloo Corner Road.


Western Australia

Public transport infrastructure

Commit funding towards light rail from UWA/QEII to Canning Bridge (via the CBD and Bentley / Curtin).


Commit funding towards light rail to connect Scarborough Beach / Stirling to Glendalough and onto the Perth CBD to enhance access to strategically-important centres for employment, retail and tourism.


Commit funding towards heavy rail between Perth city centre and Morley Strategic Centre.


*Synergies between the two schemes could reduce costs

Rating and improving the safety of roads

Commit funding to improve the safety of WA’s strategically important arterial roads, including through the Federal Blackspot Program and implementation of the remaining aspects of the Safer Roads Investment Plan for the WA National Highway Network, as rated in 2013.


Commit funding towards a rolling program to rate the safety of strategic arterial roads across the State to inform the development of a Safer Road Investment Plan(s) of essential safety treatments.


Technology solutions to optimise and future proof the transport system

Commit funding to prepare for a future with automated and connected vehicles, helping to position WA and the nation to capitalise on advancements in technology and future proof new infrastructure.


Commit funding towards Intelligent Transport Systems, including technologies to enable road  transport optimisation and real-time traveller information to maximise the value of existing and future transport infrastructure investment.


Commit funding to implement a program of measures to optimise Perth's heavy rail system (including signalling system and station upgrades), to make best use of existing rail assets and cater for increasing demands.


Major highway grade separations and road upgrades

Continue to commit funding towards the rolling program of grade separations and associated upgrades on WA's major highways to bring nationally significant corridors up to freeway standard.


Commit funding towards the completion of Albany Ring Road (stages two and three) to provide an efficient and safe road network around Albany.


Commit funding towards a rolling program of road / rail grade separations to remove level crossings (including Caledonian Avenue in Maylands, Oats Street in Carlisle and Wharf Street in Cannington) and deliver associated urban realm enhancments, improving safety, road and public transport efficiency and amentity.


Cycling infrastructure projects

Commit funding for green bridges to address severance issues and increase cycling catchments for the Perth city centre and major activity centres, delivering safety, health and productivity benefits.


Commit funding towards the completion of Perth’s Principal Shared Path (PSP) network, to provide continuous and safe cycling infrastructure within a 15km radius of the Perth city centre and strategically important connectors to activity centres and green bridges.



Sandfly/Huon Highway intersection

Safety upgrades to highway intersection to improve line of sight and traffic merges.


Bass Highway improvements between Wynyard and Marrawah

Increase highway to a minimum AusRap 3 star rating, in addition to $400 million for roads of strategic importance funding already committed.


30-year Greater Hobart Mobility Vision

Increase capacity and improve traffic flow around key congestion areas such as the Southern Outlet, Brooker Highway, Main Road, Macquarie Street, Davey Street, the Tasman Bridge, the Midway Point/Sorell causways and airport roundabout. Improvements to active/public transport infrastructure and future mobility technologies to make Hobart a smart city.


Flyover on East Tamar Highway at Mowbray

Improve safety issues such as head and side on crashes on this road.


Tamar Bridge

Feasibility, development, design and construction of a new Tamar Bridge for Launceston


Australia Capital Territory

Canberra Public Transport

Improve public transport capacity - Indicative Bus Transit Corridors Canberra CBD to Belconnen and Capital Hill to Queanbeyan


Canberra Metro Stage 2

Secure funding/procurement commitments for Metro Stage 2, linking Metro with major town centres and Canberra Airport.


Canberra CBD to north corridor

Upgrade Canberra CBD to North corridor to reduce congestion.


Northern Territory

Stuart Highway

Commit funding to improve safety of the Stuart Highway from Darwin to Pine Creek with construction of additional overtaking