Freight Rail, Passenger Rail

Broad: IA report shows congestion will continue

Australasian Railway Association CEO Danny Broad has urged governments to absorb the “complex and multi-faceted” challenges presented in Infrastructure Australia’s 2019 audit of the nation’s infrastructure needs, released earlier this week.

Broad welcomed the “frank, evidence-based assessment” presented in the report of the infrastructure challenges facing Australia.

“The most considered and challenging finding is that the record investment being made in infrastructure by state, territory and the Commonwealth governments is not a once in a generation aberration, but is in fact the new normal,” Broad said.

“Governments will be required to continue to build more infrastructure needed to keep pace with Australia’s growing population, and more complex and varied needs.”

Broad said many of the findings presented in the Audit aligned with the ARA’s own public policy agenda.

“This audit reinforces the need for Commonwealth and state governments to rise to the challenges, and put in place strategies to address these challenges over the long term,” he said.