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November 28, 2013

A call for more investment in public transport infrastructure have been made as new population forecasts show Australia’s population is set to double by 2075.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has released new forecasts showing Australia’s population is expected to double by 2075, with three-quarters of the growth occurring in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth.

Tourism & Transport Forum Chief Executive Ken Morrison says the data clearly shows the need for increased investment in public transport.

"This will mean much higher densities in our four biggest cities and that will require significant investment in mass transport modes like rail to ensure their mobility and productivity," he says

"It simply will not be possible to build roads to cater for the movement of that many people."

Morrison says they are reiterating the call for the federal government to revisit its position on funding public transport in our cities.

"With congestion in our four biggest cities already costing $13.8 billion a year, it’s vital that we increase our investment in public transport and the federal government has the means to make a significant contribution in that regard," he says.

The new forecast is for Melbourne’s population to reach 8.5 million people in 2060, with Sydney’s population to increase by 80 per cent to 8.4 million.

Over the same time frame, Perth’s population will more than double to 5.5 million, while Brisbane will grow to 4.8 million.

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