Port Botany

4 September 2012 — Funding must be made available if the draft New South Wales Long Term Transport Master Plan is to evolve into a blueprint for transport planning, according to the Planning Institute of Australia.

PIA NSW president Sarah Hill said the draft plan, which was released this week, needed to be integrated with the new Metropolitan Strategy for Sydney and in the forthcoming Infrastructure NSW report.

“The Planning Institute has consistently called for integration of planning and transport as essential to good planning for the State and for Sydney in particular,” she said.

“What the Transport Master Plan does not provide is an action plan or funding details and we look forward to that detail being developed in conjunction with other agencies at both the Federal and State levels.”

The draft NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan sets the direction for transport planning for the next 20 years, providing a framework for transport policy and investment decisions that respond to key challenges.

A summary of the plan includes six areas of action and their highlights.

Getting Sydney moving again:

  • A once-in-a-generation modernisation of the metropolitan rail network
  • A redesign of the city’s bus network
  • Integrating roads, public transport and freight
  • A detailed feasibility study for new bus interchanges in the city to redirect buses from the city centre
  • A long term plan to complete critical links in Sydney’s motorway network
  • A program of work to expand capacity on Sydney’s most congested corridors, including road, rail and bus improvements
  • Improved pedestrian infrastructure
  • Building light rail in the CBD and constructing the Inner West Light Rail Extension
  • Major upgrades to the busiest CBD interchanges
  • A Barangaroo Ferry Plan
  • A new integrated electronic ticketing system integrate and align transport networks
  • Investing in the cycling network around urban centres and the CBD

Sustaining growth in greater Sydney:

  • Modernising greater Sydney’s rail network
  • Pinch point and congestion management to address growing pressure on Sydney’s road network
  • Motorway infrastructure
  • North West and South West rail links, building new rail infrastructure and services for fast growing outer suburbs, doubling services to the south west, and providing rapid transit services to the north west
  • Western Sydney road and bus packages, optimising North West Rail Link access
  • Bus Head Start Program: Bus priority infrastructure on major road corridors on the Strategic Bus Network
  • Focussing on greater Sydney’s employment centres to support jobs and tailor transport and congestion solutions in the regional cities Parramatta, Penrith and Liverpool
  • A Precinct Action Plan for Port Botany and Sydney Airport
  • Developing the road network in new growth centres to link the Greater Sydney workforce to employment opportunities and to national and international gateways
  • Improving the busiest interchanges at Canley Vale, Fairfield, Granville, Guildford, Quakers Hill, Parramatta, Penrith, Rooty Hill, Strathfield
  • Identifying critical corridors and protecting them for future needs.

Providing essential access for regional NSW:

  • Rural highway upgrades including Pacific Highway and pinch points on the New England, Newell, Princes, Great Western and Golden highways
  • Establishment of NSW Trains and the development of a country passenger rail services strategy to improve regional NSW rail connections
  • Better bus services for regional towns and growing regional cities
  • A renewed focus on improving and strengthening the community transport sector
  • Initiatives to move regional freight more efficiently
  • The Growth Centres Roads Program to upgrade major roads in growing regional centres
  • A program of town bypasses for regional centres
  • Working with councils to identify important rural roads for freight
  • Regional transport plans developed with local communities and integrated with land use plans
  • A new 10-year Road Safety Strategy with a major emphasis on reducing fatalities and injuries on country roads.

Supporting efficient and productive freight:

  • Creating a NSW Port and Freight Strategy
  • Identifying future demand for network capacity
  • Developing port growth plans for NSW ports
  • Preparing an action plan for the Port Botany Precinct
  • Developing a project pipeline to support network capacity, with a consistent approach to evaluating freight projects on road and rail networks together with ports and terminals
  • Undertaking a pilot of higher productivity vehicle access on the Hume Highway
  • Implement rail freight infrastructure enhancements to increase the share of freight carried on the rail network
  • Protecting strategic freight corridors to support growing population centres and production regions in NSW
  • Implementing a new measurement and reporting framework
  • Developing a package of measures to grow off-peak freight movements

Statewide challenges:

  • New mechanisms to improve integrated land use and transport planning to develop more accessible and liveable communities, and improve access to public transport
  • The delivery of more transit oriented urban renewal projects and the introduction of minimum land use and transport requirements for new residential developments
  • An updated NSW Disability Access Plan that will be integrated into the Long Term Transport Master Plan
  • A 10-year Road Safety Strategy to reduce the road toll and improve road safety
  • Initiatives to manage and minimise the environmental impacts of our transport system
  • An Electric Vehicle Road Map
  • A prioritised approach to maintenance of transport assets
  • Actions to manage travel demand
  • A comprehensive Metropolitan Parking Policy
  • Making better use of technology across the transport system
  • A technology-enhanced Managed Motorways program
  • A Transport ICT and Innovation Strategy to develop Transport for NSW’s capability to test, support and deploy ICT solutions
  • Collaboration with other governments to assess options for high speed rail for the east coast

Funding:

  • Efficient public sector operating models to promote growth through better performance and increased productivity
  • Smarter project procurement
  • Consideration of the benefits of more efficient road user charges
  • Capturing value from major investments
  • A new Community Road Safety Fund using all revenue raised from speed camera-related fines
  • Identifying future funding opportunities by working with NSW Treasury

Public comment on the draft plan can be made until 26 October 2012.