NSW Transport and Infrastructure Minister Andrew Constance last week unveiled the Future Transport 2056 draft strategy, which has been released alongside the Greater Sydney Commission's draft Greater Sydney Region Plan as part of a collaborative and concurrent approach to land use and transport planning.
The draft Future Transport Strategy sets out a 40-year vision, strategic directions and customer outcomes, with infrastructure and services plans for Greater Sydney and Regional NSW to deliver these directions across the state. It also includes a series of issue-specific and place-based plans.
To support the draft Greater Sydney Region Plan, the draft transport blueprint aims to improve public transport so that by 2056, 70 percent of people will live within 30 minutes of work, study and entertainment. The strategy also focuses on improvements to safety, efficiency, reliability and integration of services.
Future Transport 2056 is an update of the 2012 Long Term Transport Master Plan and consists of three draft documents: the Future Transport Strategy, the Greater Sydney Services and Infrastructure Plan and the Regional NSW Services and Infrastructure Plan.
"Five years ago, we provided a blueprint about what transport would begin to look like over the next 20 years. With most of those projects either being built now or in planning, it is time to refresh the blueprint given what we've achieved. This time we're looking at what's possible over the next 40 years, not 20," Mr Constance said.
"The release of our Future Transport 2056 strategy together with the blueprint developed by the Greater Sydney Commission – means new communities can be connected within 30 minutes at a time when more people want to call Sydney home."
According to the Minister, some of the visionary transport projects identified for investigation in Future Transport 2056 include:
- A potential mass transit/ train link to link from Parramatta to Kogarah, eliminating the need for travel via the Sydney CBD;
- A future plan to link Norwest and Parramatta by mass transit/ train;
- Potential light rail extensions across Sydney, Parramatta and Newcastle;
- Potential for expansion of the Metro network to extend the reach of the 30-minute city with fast and frequent services;
- Future rapid bus links servicing the East, Inner West, Bays, Bankstown, Parramatta and other regions; and
- Investigations into missing strategic road links across Greater Sydney.
The draft Future Transport Strategy and associated plans are available from Transport for NSW's Future Transport website at <https://future.transport.nsw.gov.au/>. The exhibition period ends on 3 December 2017.