40-year transport vision for regional NSW

Monday 19 March 2018

Customer-focused, technology-driven services are the future of the NSW Transport system in regional NSW, with a 40-year blueprint unveiled today.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey today released the Future Transport Strategy in regional NSW, outlining the State’s ongoing commitment to long-term growth and connectivity between regional communities and industry.

Mrs Pavey said months of community and industry consultation has ensured that the strategy’s priorities reflect those of regional NSW.

“This strategy will guide the transport infrastructure pipeline over the next forty years, ensuring our beautiful regional communities are connected to regional centres and can thrive well into the future,” Mrs Pavey said.

“The strategy outlines 227 projects across regional NSW over the next forty years, showing this Government’s ongoing commitment to our regional communities.”

Future Transport 2056 builds on the current record investments in regional infrastructure by the Liberals and Nationals, with over 2,000 kilometres of new or upgraded roads delivered since 2011. These include:

  • $500 million to upgrade the Newell Highway
  • $580 million for the Berry Bypass
  • $104 million to upgrade the Great Western Highway at Kelso
  • $500 million Fixing Country Roads
  • $400 million Fixing Country Rail

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said Future Transport 2056 is a step change in transport planning for regional NSW.

“In a major shift, this plan focuses on connections between regional cities and centres rather than on Sydney,” Mr Constance said.

“To cater for increasing populations and freight movements, we are looking at the state as a whole transport network, rather than planning in isolation.”

Regional NSW is expected to grow by 700,000 people and freight movements are predicted to see a 25 percent increase across the state by 2056.

For further information visit: future.transport.nsw.gov.au.

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