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The issue of tolls has recently appeared in the media, sparking
public debate around the importance of building infrastructure
and managing the cost of motoring. This debate also focused
on three major infrastructure projects in our region:
WestConnex, which is under construction, and the Northern
Beaches and Western Harbour Tunnels, which are in planning.
The NRMA played an important role in this debate and will
continue to do so. These projects are critical to tackling
congestion in Sydney. The fact that the Northern Beaches – a
whole quadrant of Sydney – can be shut off from the rest of
the city while we open the Spit Bridge to let a couple of boats
through is unfathomable today. It’s no way for a world-class
city to move its citizens about.
As if it’s not bad enough for residents and businesses, one
can only imagine what visitors to our city must think as they
sit in unnecessary traffic delays on Military Road waiting to
drive up to our amazing beaches and tourist attractions.
The NRMA believes we should build these motorways
because they will play a crucial role in reducing the city’s now
infamous levels of congestion, with Sydney ranked among the
most congested globally.
Coupled with improved public transport and active transport
options, these motorways will deliver significant travel time
savings for local residents. The Northern Beaches Tunnel is
expected to cut 45 minutes off the journey from Dee Why to the
airport. They will also deliver economic benefits to the
community through jobs and fast-tracking the delivery of goods
and services across the city. This will be welcome news to our
Business Motoring Members who run fleets across the city.
Ensuring the motorways are built to deliver value to
motorists who choose to pay the toll is vital. If the tolls are
set at a fair price, the public will use the motorways and the
benefits to the community will be delivered.
NEW MOTORWAYS WILL TRANSFORM OUR CITY
TIM TRUMPER Director
Manly, North Shore, Inner West
& Eastern Suburbs (Harbour Region)
The future of mobility in Australia
clean energy and how
you can participate in
the NRMA’s AGM
DURING THE PAST two months,
the future of transport arrived in
Sydney. The NRMA, along with its
partners, has delivered the first
autonomous vehicles in NSW.
Transport for NSW has also
announced a series of trials of
on-demand buses across the state,
which offer the prospect of more
convenient services while ensuring
larger buses aren’t travelling
The potential convergence
of on-demand and autonomous
technologies will provide the most
significant disruption to personal
transport in the almost 100 years
the NRMA has been operating.
The NRMA is positioning itself
for the next century in harnessing
this changing technology and
exploring alternatives to the car.
As our streets get more crowded,
we must look elsewhere – from our
railways to our waterways. There’s
also a need to examine the role of
walking and cycling in both
promoting healthy lifestyles and
tackling challenges like air quality.
While visiting China recently,
I saw first-hand how transport is
changing. It’s no longer a nation on
the cusp of technological change; it
has gone from imitator to innovator.
China’s size and rate of change
are remarkable. More than 100 of
its cities are bigger than Sydney and
the top four have populations larger
than Australia. But this growth
creates problems: the air quality of
cities like Shanghai and Beijing can
be much worse than Sydney’s .
In fact, pollution and health are
China’s biggest public concerns,
leading to a strong focus on cleaner
energy and fuels. There’s interest
in autonomous vehicles, but
electric cars are the priority, along
with improving public transport
and revitalising the fading national
habit of riding bicycles.
This is my final column before
our Annual General Meeting,
which will be held in Newcastle.
For the first time, the NRMA
will also embrace changing
technology for our AGM. We
will hold a virtual AGM, allowing
Members unable to attend in
person to hear from the Chairman
and CEO and ask questions of the
Board and auditors.
Further details are available at
mynrma.com.au/agm. I encourage
you to take a look and get involved.
KYLE LOADES Chairman
Back in Sydney, where
the NRMA is leading
23/8/17 11:16 am
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