Barnett govt pledges $500m roads upgrade

A re-elected Liberal state government would spend $500 million on a suite of road upgrades in Perth’s northern suburbs, in a bid to ease traffic congestion in the rapidly growing area.


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So by increasing the capacity of major roads the Government thinks it will reduce traffic volumes? This is an oxymoron. In fact, by increasing the capacity of the road network the volume of traffic will increase also. Volume is inherently limited by capacity (Physics 101). These upgrades will result in a larger volume of traffic using the road network and hence create further traffic problems within the wider network. The basic problem behind Perth's transport issue is that people want to be able to get to places easier and faster. That is the crux of the issue. Getting people to where they want to go faster. The answer to this problem is not to widen every road between people and their destination. There are alternatives which can ACTUALLY reduce road traffic volumes, such as public transport, cycling, etc. Or by providing destinations closer to where people live. The Governments approach to this problem is completely dogmatic and narrow-minded.

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