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Road pricing and provision: changed traffic conditions ahead

Road pricing and provision: changed traffic conditions ahead

Wanna, John; De Percy, Michael Alexander

Road pricing is not a new concept - toll roads have existed in Australia since Governor Macquarie established one from Sydney to Parramatta in 1811 - and distance-based charging schemes have been trialled and implemented with varying success overseas. But how would full market reform of roads look in a federation like Australia? In its responses to the 2016 Australian Infrastructure Plan and the 2015 Competition Policy Review, the Australian Government explicitly supported investigating cost-reflective road pricing as a long-term reform option, and has committed to establishing a study chaired by an eminent Australian to look into the potential impacts of road pricing reform on road users. The challenges we face in this space are manifold and complex, and we still have a long road ahead of us. However, with advocacy for reform coming from interest groups as diverse as governments, private transport companies, peak industry bodies, policy think tanks and state motoring clubs, there is now more support than ever before for changing the way we provide for and fund our roads. This book seeks to advance the road reform agenda by presenting some of the latest thinking on road pricing and provision from a variety of disciplinary approaches - researchers, economists and public sector leaders. It stresses the need for reform to ensure Australians can enjoy the benefits of efficient and sustainable transport infrastructure as our population and major metropolitan cities continue to grow. Traffic congestion is avoidable, but we must act soon. The works presented here all point to the need for change - the expertise and the technology are available, and the various reform options have been mapped out in some detail. It is time for the policy debate to shift to how, rather than if, road reform should progress

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Published Acton, A.C.T. : ANU Press 2018

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Michael de Percy and John Wanna
ISBN: 1760462314, 9781760462314
Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xxiv, 172 pages) : colour illustrations
Series: ANZSOG monograph series
Subject: Privatization Australia.; Privatization.; Australia.; Land use Government policy.; Roads Finance.; Toll roads Economic aspects Australia.; Toll roads Economic aspects.; Transportation Planning.; Land use Government policy Australia.
Series Title: ANZSOG (Series)
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Foreword / Ian Harper
  2. Preface: The importance of road pricing / Mike Mrdak
  3. Section 1: Introduction. Introduction: Shaping the road pricing and provision debate / Michael de Percy
  4. Road pricing and road provision in Australia: Where are we and how did we get here? / Michael de Percy
  5. Section 2: Long-term planning. Reforming transport planning in Australia / Marion Terrill
  6. How to deliver better infrastructure planning / Philip Davies
  7. Singapore's land transport management plan / Teik Soon Looi
  8. Section 3: Road pricing. Is pricing road transport significantly different to pricing other network infrastructure? / Alex Robson
  9. Using road pricing as a viable option to meet Australia's future road funding needs / Brendan Lyon
  10. Lessons from Auckland in road transport planning: Making trade-offs transparent / Peter Winder
  11. Section 4: Turning theory into practice. Winning public support for transport reforms / Gary Banks
  12. Assessing the likelihood of proposed reform pathways to road pricing in Australia: Do they necessarily involve 'diabolical politics'? / John Wanna.