Australia: Government releases Perth transport plan with a focus on infrastructure West Australia’s Transport Minister Dean Nalder presented "Transport @ 3.5 Million", a plan for the development of infrastructure in Perth. The plan aims to meet the mobility needs of the growing population of Perth and to enhance efficiency by relying on public transport, car sharing and sustainable mobility. The key point of the plan is to upgrade the transport infrastructure spanning 15-20 kilometers from the center of Perth, an area where most of the state's future population is expected to reside. New railway and underground lines, roads, bridges and cycling paths are also part of the project. The $1.6 billion (around 1 billion euro) Perth Freight Link is also in the offing, which will enhance the road connections to Fremantle, West Australia’s main port.
France: Atlantia takes 60% in Nice airport The Rome-based Atlantia Group, in a joint-venture consortium with French EDF Invest, was chosen by the French government as the best bidder in the tender process for the French State’s 60% stake in the company operating the Cote d’Azur airports (Nice, Cannes-Mandelieu and Saint Tropez). With total passenger traffic of around 12 million in 2015, Nice is France’s third biggest airport after the Parisian airports of Charles de Gaulle and Orly.
The remaining 40% is still owned by the local Chamber of Commerce (25%) and local organisations Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, the Alpes Maritimes department and Nice Metropole (5% each). With the decision of the French authorities, the Italian-French consortium "Azzurra" (Atlantia: 65.01%; its subsidiary Aeroporti di Roma: 10% and EDF: 24.99%) will be awarded a concession term through 31 December 2044.