Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Road investment trumps public transport

Road Transport
A new report shows Australian governments have spent four times more on new roads than on public transport in the past 10 years.

The report from the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) claims governments have given priority to building roads and subsidising drivers rather than investing in public transport networks.

ACF spokeswoman Monica Richter says the amount spent on roads and public transport around the country is the wrong way around.

Ms Richter says two-thirds of funding should be spent on public transport and one-third on roads.

"We just don't have a culture of investment in public transport by our governments in this country and as a result every single promised road project has been delivered. But the promised rail projects have not been delivered," she said.

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