ACT Transport Corridors Study and Monaro Highway Upgrade
The ACT Transport Corridors Study was commissioned in 2018 to prioritise road transport infrastructure investment in the Capital Region and guide improvements to the transport network over the coming decade. The prioritised road infrastructure investment list is underpinned by a transport modelling and the appraisal of potential benefits from investment such as productivity increases and economic growth, alignment to government policy and strategies, connectivity and liveability and project feasibility.
Corridor selection and option testing involved a two staged multi criteria analysis process to identify seven priority transport corridors and ultimately prioritise 22 improvement options. Each corridor and improvement option was assessed against 39 qualitative and quantitative assessment criteria measures.
Monaro Highway was one of the seven priority transport corridors identified for the development and assessment of upgrade options. This reflected its key strategic importance for facilitating freight movement, commuters, tourism and access to and from the ACT. Following the recommendation of the ACT Transport Corridors Study, the $200 million Monaro Highway Upgrade Package was jointly funded by the Australian and ACT Governments on a match-funding basis. The project involves the investigation, design and delivery of a series of upgrades to the Monaro Highway near Hume in the ACT.
Impact on freight and supply chains
The objective of ACT Transport Corridors Study was to develop a prioritised road infrastructure investment list informed by understanding the Capital Region’s economic and social dynamics and transport requirements. The investment list will ensure that supply chains are serviced by resilient and efficient key freight corridors, precincts and assets. The study effectively demonstrated the key linkages between analysis and infrastructure project assessment with government policy objectives and other key funding drivers. The Monaro Highway Upgrade project will reduce congestion, travel times, and improve the reliability of the Monaro Highway corridor. The project will also increase the productivity of freight movements, particularly interstate freight moving between NSW and the ACT. A design of heavy vehicle rest area is also part of the project scope.
|Details at a glance|
|Action Area/s||Smarter and targeted infrastructure investment, Enable improved supply chain efficiency, Better planning, regulation and coordination & Better freight location and performance data|
|Delivery model||The ACT Government has provided land use permission approval for the establishment of the Wing drone operational base in Mitchell.|
|Financial||$200 million (Australian Government and ACT Government).|
|Timeframe||To be completed over six years.|
|Intended Strategy Objective|
|Smarter and targeted infrastructure investment||All benefits realised||The project has provided a streamlined list of infrastructure investments targeting key corridors across the ACT region.|
|Enable improved supply chain efficiency||To be assessed when construction is fully complete||The infrastructure identified by this project has strong potential to improve supply chain efficiency, particularly the Monaro Highway, which is a key link between the industrial area of Hume and the Canberra Airport.|
|Better planning, coordination and regulation||All benefits realised||The study outcomes are intended to be a transport infrastructure road map for potential investments in the region over the coming 5-10 years. By assessing corridors, complimentary projects could be identified and the synergies of these considered in project prioritisation.|
|Better freight location and performance data||All benefits realised||The project captured and mapped freight movements on the regional road network to inform the prioritisation of infrastructure upgrades for all road users including freight operators.|
|Delivery model||The corridors study was delivered as a single consultancy following a public tender process.|
|Stakeholder engagement||The project has a steering committee that included both ACT Government and regional stakeholder representation. This allowed for engagement with relevant government entities from the region to ensure that outcomes considered benefits to the wider region.|
The transport modelling conducted required updated traffic counts as an input. The ACT separately engaged the services of a traffic count supplier to compress the project timeframe. Unfortunately, there were data quality issues with this approach, which necessitated the consultant undertaking further counts. In future, the ACT will likely require the modelling company to secure relevant counts to avoid such data issues.