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The huge pipeline of road and rail projects across Sydney and Melbourne, both underway and planned, will not prevent the cities becoming paralysed with congestion by 2031, with the cost of lost productivity due to gridlock set to double over the next 12 years to $38.8 billion.
An Infrastructure Australia audit of the country's requirements in areas from roads to urban water systems found almost two-thirds of the burden would be borne by Sydney and Melbourne, where even the cost of overcrowding on public transport is expected to grow five-fold to $837 million a year.
Road congestion is set to cost the country almost $40 billion a year without a substantial lift in spending and planning, Infrastructure Australia has warned.CREDIT:JOSH ROBENSTONE
An unexpected lift in the nation's population, concentrated in the major cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, was straining everything from crowding on buses to the supply of schools on the urban fringe, the agency found.
Travel delays on some of the main roads in the two biggest cities would blow out by more than an hour in some cases.
Infrastructure Australia chief executive Romilly Madew said Australia's infrastructure needs were rapidly increasing, with the economy becoming more urbanised.
"This infrastructure boom that we are in is the new normal," she said. "If we don't continue this investment, the costs of congestion will double."
The biggest cost of the congestion is found on the major roads into Sydney and Melbourne, with travel times and delays expected to soar.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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