RiverCity Motorway

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RiverCity Motorway Group
Type Public
Traded as ASXRCY (Suspended)
Industry Road transport
Headquarters Brisbane, Australia
Area served Brisbane
Key people Mark Snape, CEO
Services Clem Jones Tunnel, FLOW tolling system
Website www.rivercitymotorway.com.au

RiverCity Motorway Group is a Queensland company that operates Brisbane’s first private tollway—the Clem Jones Tunnel (CLEM7). They also established FLOW Tolling, a tolling service provider. Rivercity Motorways Group won the rights to be the maintain the Clem Jones Tunnel. When the tunnel opened in 2010 it was to have a concession period of 45 years before it hands the tunnel back to the City of Brisbane. The value of the tunnel was written down by $1.56 billion to $258 million in 2010.[1]

In 2006, an initial public offerings raised $724 million with an issue price $1 per share.[1]

Tunnel tolls[edit]

In June 2010, the toll for cars was dropped to $2.00 in an effort to increase patronage.[2] Despite this the number of vehicles using the tunnel never significantly rose above about on third of forecast numbers.[2] The price increased in November to $3.00 and again in April 2011 to $3.95. The last toll rise led to a decrease in usage of the tunnel.

Collapse[edit]

Due to much lower than forecasted patronage of the tunnel it has been unable to generate enough revenue. Debts still owed by Rivercity Motorway totalled A$1.3 billion.[3] The company was placed into receivership in early 2011.[4] The Rivercity Motorways Group was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in June 2006.[3] Shares in the company went into a trading halt on 24 February 2011.[4]

The collapse of this toll road operator follows similar failures for Sydney's Lane Cove Tunnel and the Cross City Tunnel.[3]

Lawsuit[edit]

Investors of RiverCity Motorway Group sounded out the possibility of legal action against the troubled operators of Brisbane's first major tunnel project in late 2010.[5] The forecasts for traffic modelling in the tunnel were conducted by AECOM.[3] The class action lawsuit alleges that AECOM did not properly disclose various sets of figures related to traffic forecasts.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tracy Lee & Nabila Ahmed (25 February 2011). "End of the road as RiverCity Motorway sinks owing $1.3bn". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 14 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Marissa Calligeros (6 April 2011). "Traffic falls as Clem7 tolls rise". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Adele Ferguson (15 April 2011). "Investors sue RiverCity firm". Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Matt O'Sullivan (25 February 2011). "Bankers pull the pin on RiverCity". Brisbane Times (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 20 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Liam Walsh & Alison Sandy (2 September 2010). RiverCity faces lawsuit threat over Clem7 tunnel losses. The Courier-Mail. Retrieved 2 September 2010.

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