Brisbane’s Lord Mayor has asked Canberra to provide $2.2 billion for roads and tunnels. In an opinion piece for the Courier Mail, Ben Eltham proposes that his judgment is flawed.
He reports that Australia’s new Infrastructure Co-ordinator Michael Deegan says that more roads and freeways are not a solution and explains why:
“The problem is called “induced demand” and has been known about since the 1960s. New roads lure curious drivers, who understandably find the swank new freeway more convenient. A large proportion of the new road capacity is filled soon after the ribbon is cut.”