2020 Submission: Topic 2 : Economic Infrastructure
Posted by Dave Bath on 2008-03-09
This is the second of a series of blog posts detailing my submissions to Rudd’s 2020 gabfest (you can make your own submissions here). This covers "Topic 2: Economic Infrastructure, the digital economy and the future of our cities"
It’s actually quite sad that suggestions cannot indicate they cover more than a single topic, because the most innovative suggestions will always be cross-domain.
OK, here’s my submission on this topic, with a bit of reformatting:
Consolidating agencies for creation of land transport infrastructure (e.g. road and rail maintenance and construction) would allow better planning and creation of more efficient transport, as the consolidated agency would aim at maximum total transport capability.
An example of the benefit would be in land acquisition, where acquiring land for a slightly wider corridor, or planning a slightly wider overpass, would allow construction of co-ordinated roads and light rail with less “wastage” of land and administrative effort.
Road construction agencies are very good at getting money from governments to buy land and construct/maintain transport infrastructure, and have been much more capable at this than rail-building agencies. Consolidating the responsibility for developing land transport infrastructure would leverage their capabilities so they also provided better transport that also decreased emissions intensity.