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Minimizing the environmental impacts of mega infrastructure projects: Australian public transport perspective

Koorosh Gharehbaghi (RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Kerry McManus (Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)
Kathryn Robson (RMIT University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia)

Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology

ISSN: 1726-0531

Article publication date: 2 April 2019

Issue publication date: 5 August 2019

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the innovative approaches to further reduce the environmental impacts during the construction of mega transportation infrastructure, particularly for Australia.

Design/methodology/approach

As part of this research, the Sydney Metro was exploited as a case study. This included reviewing the elements of reducing the environmental impacts for the Sydney Metro.

Findings

This research has found that there are six elements of reducing the environmental impacts of the Australian public transport infrastructure process. Moreover, this research also found that for the Sydney Metro, first, the logistic planning and optimisation was carefully developed followed by the remaining five elements.

Originality/value

The originality of this research consists of carefully examining the Sydney Metro’s environmental implications including its on-going EIA and EPA compliance.

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Acknowledgements

The authors wish to thank the Transport for NSW (TfNSW) Australia, for their collaboration during this research.

Citation

Gharehbaghi, K., McManus, K. and Robson, K. (2019), "Minimizing the environmental impacts of mega infrastructure projects: Australian public transport perspective", Journal of Engineering, Design and Technology, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 736-746. https://doi.org/10.1108/JEDT-12-2018-0223

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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