Tolls right way to fund our roads

Not unlike Alannah MacTiernan’s recent call for the private sector to build car-stacking facilities at train stations, it offers the option of paying for the level of convenience you prefer.

Roe 8 promises uninterrupted driving, a more direct journey and will charge industry a price that reflects the impact its vehicles have.

This, in turn, should ensure Roe 8 is well maintained.

At the end of the day, Roe 8 offers an alternative, not a compromise. There are other ways to get to the same destination.

Does charging tolls amount to ‘double-dip’ taxing of motorists?

Since indexing of fuel excise was suspended in 2001, it hasn’t kept parity with the cost of road-building.

Nor was it specifically put towards this need.

Tony Abbott’s first Budget plans to change that.

As for the emphasis on roads over public transport, we have a Coalition federal government and that is their priority.

However, the Barnett Government still faces the challenge of how to pay their share of those roads and provide more railways.

Enabling some roads to eliminate delays, and charging for that benefit, is one way to reduce the cost of building and maintaining them.

Savings could go towards public transport provision.

However, Roe 8 is also designed to address congestion, in a city where the solution isn’t as simple as road versus rail.

As with Ms MacTiernan’s call for new, non-subsidised parking options at train stations, a range of responses is needed to address our growing population.