Why a Master Plan?
For the first time, NSW has a master plan that sets the framework to guide transport decision-making for the next 20 years. It defines transport priorities and the funding pipeline to inform our investment and our decisions.
The Baird-Grant Government’s ambitious transport agenda will help rebuild the NSW economy, create jobs and improve the quality of life for people in our state.
The Long Term Transport Master Plan directly responds to the transport network’s current and future challenges.
We will move more people and more goods as our population grows to nine million over the next 20 years. This means more passengers on trains and buses, more capacity on our roads and more goods through towns and cities.
We need to combat congestion, as unreliable travel times and higher vehicle and fuel costs limit NSW’s national competitiveness and productivity. Addressing congestion requires a suite of strategies, including managing demand on existing routes and increasing capacity where appropriate.
We must also create a safe and sustainable transport network. Key considerations include introducing sustainable travel options, containing urban growth and reducing emissions through maximising public transport use.
How is the NSW Baird Government delivering?
The Transport Master Plan sets 220 short, medium and long term actions to integrate, grow, modernise and manage our transport network. The Baird-Grant Government is already getting on with the job of implementing the direction set by the Master Plan.
We have made major moves on key infrastructure projects, including:
- Committing $1.8 billion for WestConnex, Sydney’s next motorway priority;
- Investing $3.3 billion over four years to forge ahead on the North West Rail Link, to provide more than 300,000 customers with faster travel times to Sydney’s CBD with single-deck trains every five minutes during peak periods;
- Building the $2.1 billion South West Rail Link, an 11.4km line to be completed by 2016, that will double services to Holsworthy and Glenfield from eight to 16 per hour;
- Beginning work to improve more than 50 stations, interchanges and wharves as part of the $770 million Transport Access Program;
- Investing $145 million in the Bridges for the Bush program, to commence the replacement and upgrading of key bridges in regional NSW; and
- Commencing construction on the Inner West Light Rail extension.
In addition, over the past 18 months we have introduced immediate service improvements for customers including:
- Introducing more than 3,000 extra public transport services a week in Sydney;
- Beginning the roll-out of the Opal card, starting with ferry and train customers before expanding to cover the entire network;
- Beginning the reform of RailCorp into two customer-driven service operators, Sydney Trains and NSW Trains, from 1 July 2013;
- Cutting red tape for NSW freight operators by abolishing stamp duty on new truck trailers;
- Enhancing travel information for public transport customers by introducing Sydney’s transport to Google Maps, and real-time information on the M7 and M4;
- Franchising Sydney Ferries to improve services; and
- Introducing quiet carriages on trains, ensuring mobile phone reception, improving dwell management and returning rubbish bins to stations.
What does this mean for the Lane Cove Electorate?
The benefits of the Government’s transport plan for communities in the Lane Cove Electorate include:
Greater access to the city for ferry passengers – the new ferry terminal at Barangaroo, consisting of four new berths, will speed up services and provide easier access for many people who work in the western edge of the CBD and alight from Greenwich, Woolwich or Huntley’s Point Wharves;
- Reduced waiting times for train services on the North Shore Line – the second harbour crossing will increase the capacity of the heavy rail network, ensuring more trains for passengers boarding services at Chatswood, Artarmon, St Leonards and Wollstonecraft;
- The construction of WestConnex will alleviate congestion by funnelling traffic away from Victoria Road, speeding up travel times for people in Ryde, Gladesville and Hunters Hill;
- Investigating the option of a Bus-Rapid-Transit network to operate between Ryde and the CBD along the Victoria Road corridor.
- Faster morning bus commutes along Epping Road and the Gore Hill Freeway by diverting more than 60 services onto the Cahill Expressway to Bridge Street, bypassing the bus queue on York Street and avoiding congestion at the Wynyard Interchange.
For further information on the Long Term Transport Master Plan visit the NSW Government website at http://engage.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/transportmasterplan.
A copy of the Master Plan is available for download (42MB) at http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/b2b/publications/nsw-transport-masterplan-final.pdf.
Alternately, a summary of the Master Plan is available for download (5MB) at http://engage.haveyoursay.nsw.gov.au/document/show/602.