Infrastructure Australia has released its independent evaluation of the business cases for several proposals, in line with the Infrastructure Australia Assessment Framework.
These proposals include:
Great Western Highway (Katoomba to Lithgow) Upgrade Program – East & West Sections (NSW)
Singleton Bypass (NSW)
Logan-Gold Coast Faster Rail: Kuraby to Beenleigh (QLD)
Dorset Road Extension (VIC)
Napoleon Road Upgrade (VIC)
Packenham Roads Upgrade (VIC)
Monash Roads Upgrade (VIC)
Melbourne Airport Rail (VIC)
Mitchell and Kwinana Freeways Upgrade (Transforming Perth Freeways) (WA)
Of the proposals that are unfunded and therefore eligible for inclusion, the Mitchell and Kwinana Freeways Upgrade (Transforming Perth Freeways Phases 2 and 3) in Western Australia has been recommended as “Investment-ready” (Stage 3).
The Mitchell and Kwinana Freeway Upgrade proposal addresses serious congestion issues on the main north-south arterial road corridor through Perth, which serves both commuter and freight transport.
According to Infrastrucure Australia, this proposal demonstrates good strategic alignment with government policies and objectives, and is expected to deliver considerable net economic benefits to Western Australia while also making better use of existing assets.
Infrastructure Australia’s evaluation found that the strategic need for Melbourne Airport Rail is strong and the proposal will offer long-term benefits.
However, it is recommended that further consideration be given to the timing of delivery to maximise economic and community benefits. Therefore, this proposal has not been progressed on the Priority List at this point in time.
The Dorset Road Extension and the Napoleon Road Upgrade proposals were also not endorse for inclusion on the Priority List. These proposals intersect with each other, but the business cases considered them separate.
The remaining projects are fully funded and as such are not eligible for the Infrastructure Priority List.
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