Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Upgrading Pacific Hwy A[euro][approximately]needs a tolla[euro][TM]

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Upgrading Pacific Hwy A[euro][approximately]needs a tolla[euro][TM]

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Byline: Daniel Burdon news@northernstar.com.au

A PROPOSAL for a toll to pay for more than $6.4 billion in NSW upgrades for the Pacific Hwy has been raised again after the highway topped a list of the most urgent national infrastructure priorities yesterday.

The highway was among four national projects to get top ranking as a aready to proceeda status from Infrastructure Australia in its 2013 report to the Council of Australian Governments.

It comes after more than $900 million was allocated to the project by the NSW Governmentas latest budget, a crucial factor in the top-level ranking.

The IA report found the highway would rely on an 80:20 funding split between the Commonwealth and NSW, to the tune of $6.4 billion according to 2010 estimates.

However, the national ranking body has again recommended putting a acorridor-wide tolla on the road to fund for upgrades applied across the entire highway, despite previous state government declarations of no tolls on new roads. …

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