NEW South Wales Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, and Roads and Ports Minister, Duncan Gay, last week announced details of a new integrated transport authority for NSW, as promised by the Coalition during its election campaign.
The new authority aims to co-ordinate the state's transport services and ensure transport projects are built on time and on budget. It will also ensure planning and policy across all modes of transport are fully integrated, according to the Ministers.
The establishment of the authority will see policy and planning experts from all transport agencies working together, leaving transport agencies to focus on delivering their respective services to customers.
Ms Berejiklian said the announcement heralded the start of real reform in the transport sector.
"This means RailCorp, Sydney Buses, the RTA and other transport agencies will no longer be responsible for major procurement, long-term planning and policy – instead, they will focus on service delivery," she said.
"It's about getting rid of a dysfunctional structure with duplication and poor communication and replacing it with a streamlined agency which plans and delivers for all transport modes."
Mr Gay said these changes will allow RTA workers to concentrate on delivering their core services to the motoring public.
"Instead of operating in silos, the RTA will now be at the core of an integrated system that will ensure planning for the state's future roads and transport systems will be in a strategic and holistic way," Mr Gay said.
The ITA will feature six key divisions:
- Customer Experience – which will make sure journeys are as simple and seamless as possible;
- Planning and Programs – which will consolidate planning for all modes and develop a comprehensive transport master plan;
- Transport Services – which will ensure transport services cost-effectively meet the current and future needs of customers
- Transport Projects – which will ensure major projects are delivered on time and on budget;
- Freight and Regional Development – which will make sure freight services and facilities meet the needs of the State economy, with particular focus on regional NSW; and
- Policy and Regulation – which will develop and oversight polices and laws pertaining to transport across the State.
The government said that a nationwide search will be conducted to identify the six people to run the new divisions, with the search to go global if necessary.