LEGISLATION to establish a joint New South Wales Government - City of Sydney committee to take control of transport and traffic planning in the CBD has been passed by State Parliament, Roads Minister Duncan Gay announced this week.
Mr Gay said the NSW Government introduced the legislation to ensure major transport decisions are properly coordinated between the NSW Government and Sydney City Council.
The City of Sydney Amendment (Central Sydney Traffic and Transport Committee) Bill 2012 allows for the establishment of a Central Sydney Traffic and Transport Committee to be responsible for coordinating plans and policies for public transport and traffic within central Sydney and making decisions on major transport issues.
"Sydney is Australia's only global city and the CBD deserves a first rate and properly functioning roads and transport system," Mr Gay said, adding that both levels of government need to work together to ensure the best possible outcomes are delivered so the state can move forward.
Mr Gay said that currently, the NSW Government and Council share transport and roads responsibilities, with ad hoc coordination between the two levels of government.
The Minister also said the government was in disagreement with the council on a number of transport issues including, speed limits and car access to the CBD, the provision of layover space for buses, the extension of the network of bikeways and the extension of low-speed shared zones.
The Central Sydney Traffic and Transport Committee will be chaired by the Director General of Transport for NSW, Les Wielinga, and include an additional three members nominated by the NSW Government and three by the Council.