'Congestion charge' for Sydney and Melbourne drivers entering CBD
Sydney and Melbourne drivers would face a congestion charge of $5 when entering and leaving the CBD areas during peak hours of Australia's two biggest cities under a plan proposed by the Grattan Institute.
In the second of its reports on congestion charging, the think tank says Australian governments can learn from cities around the world that have already successfully implemented congestion charging.
These include London, Singapore, Stockholm and Milan, with New York the latest global city to embrace the concept and Vancouver, Beijing and Jakarta not far behind.
"It's time for Sydney and Melbourne to join these cities in the fast lane," the reports' author and the institute's transport and cities director Marion Terrill says.
In her first report released last week, Ms Terrill argued that for all the talk of infrastructure spending to free-up clogged cities, all it is doing is providing more roads and more public transport and even more congestion.
In the latest edition, she details her plan that would apply a $5 charge from 8 am to 9.30 and from 4 pm to 6 pm on weekdays when entering and leaving the CBD cordon area.
A $3 charge should also apply in the half hour either side of the morning peak and in the hour before and the half-hour after the afternoon peak.
Weekends would be free.
"The money raised should be spent on upgrading CBD streets to make them safer and less congested for pedestrians," Ms Terrill said.
In transport modelling commissioned for the report, it shows that in Sydney average speeds on on CBD roads would increase by 11 per cent in the morning, which Ms Terrill said would be "good news for tens of thousands of bus commuters".
The cordon change could also improve traffic flow well beyond the CBD area.
However, NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian dismissed the suggestion last week, saying drivers already pay road tolls.
She said the best way to reduce congestion into the future was to build major public transport projects.
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