New South Wales

NSW Government releases Long Term Transport Master Plan Annual Update 2014

NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian and Roads and Freight Minister Duncan Gay this week released the second annual update of progress made under the NSW Government's 20-year Long Term Transport Master Plan.

In a joint statement, the Ministers said the annual update highlights the major milestones and achievements delivered during 2014, including the introduction of thousands of extra public transport services introduced and major construction or significant progress on a number of major road and public transport infrastructure projects.

"In the last 12 months we've completed the rollout of Opal across all public transport modes, with more than 1.5 million Opal cards now issued, we've opened the popular Inner West Light Rail Extension from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill, and finished construction of the South West Rail Link $300 million under budget and a year ahead of schedule," Ms Berejiklian said.

Dulwich Grove Light Rail Station
Photo: Dulwich Grove Light Rail Station - part of the Inner West Light Rail Extension that opened in March 2014 / NSW Government - Transport for NSW.

"Work is well underway on the North West Rail Link, with three massive boring machines now in the ground digging the tunnels that will transform this city forever.

"We've also introduced new bus services across Sydney and the greater metropolitan area, with more than 10,500 extra weekly services introduced since March 2011, and the Government has also released the Northern Beaches Transport Action Plan and a number of Regional Transport Plans.

"The major contract for the $2.1 billion CBD and South East Light Rail project was signed, and the early works of the project are now underway, and the Newcastle Light Rail project is also progressing at a rapid pace, as part of the urban renewal of our state's second city.

"Our strong focus on customer service has continued with increased security through the Police Transport Command, extra CCTV cameras and help points on the train network, and paramedics are now located at 14 busy Sydney train stations to ensure less delays to customers."

Ms Berejiklian said the government's work to improve public transport had also seen customer satisfaction levels improve over the past year on trains, buses and ferries.

Aerial photo of Leppington Station under construction
Photo: Aerial photo of Leppington Station - part of the South West Rail Link that is due to commence passenger services in 2015 / NSW Government - Transport for NSW.

Mr Gay said the state's roads had benefited from massive investments in the 2014-15 NSW Budget, with the opening of the Hunter Expressway and the continued fast tracking of major upgrades to the Pacific, Princes, Great Western, Newell, Kings, Central Coast and Oxley highways and Bells Line of Road.

"This year we have seen significant progress on the country's biggest urban road project, WestConnex, with an historic agreement between the NSW and Australian Governments signed this year. This will allow major works to start early next year, including commencing the widening of the M4 Motorway," Mr Gay said.

"Work also progressed on NorthConnex via the EIS process and we continued the vital Pacific Highway duplication project with around 60 per cent of the highway now a four lane divided road.

"This year's Budget saw huge investments in road projects in Western and South Western Sydney, including $209 million to continue upgrading Camden Valley Way and Schofields, Richmond, Narellan and Old Wallgrove roads and $109 million to start road works to support Sydney's second airport at Badgerys Creek.

"Motorists and communities across the state are benefitting from these historic investments and from our Government's fierce determination to get things done where the rubber hits the road.

"An extra $627 million has also been reserved under Restart NSW funding for a host of regional projects, including $177 million to commence construction of the second crossing of the Clarence River at Grafton and $12.5 million towards the Queanbeyan Bypass."

Ms Berejiklian said the government recently released the revised State Infrastructure Strategy, Rebuilding NSW, which committed $8.9 billion for public transport across the state.

This includes $7 billion for the new fast-tracked Sydney Rapid Transit line, which will extend the North West Rail Link to join a second Harbour rail crossing through the CBD and beyond to Bankstown. This investment now means the SRT is fully funded.

"While we've achieved so much since March 2011, but there is always more to do," Ms Berejiklian said.

"We will continue our focus on delivering against our Long Term Transport Master Plan so that the people of NSW will be able to benefit from world-class roads and public transport well into the future."

Mr Gay said the State Infrastructure Strategy committed $6.1 billion for roads projects across NSW including $3.7 billion for regional roads and bridges.

"Rebuilding NSW also includes an allocation worth $1.3 billion to unlock capacity of existing infrastructure and bust congestion in Sydney," Mr Gay said.

The NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan Annual Update 2014 is available from the Transport for NSW website at <http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/>. The annual update is also available directly from this link (PDF: 0.95 MB).

Photos: Dulwich Grove Light Rail Station and Aerial photo of Leppington Station / NSW Government - Transport for NSW.

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