Moving goods and services

The freight task will double over the next 40 years as our population grows, living standards rise, and as changes continue to influence how we produce and consume goods. Freight containers coming in through our ports are projected to grow by 176% over the same time.

Our freight customers are major partners in building the future NSW economy – the people and businesses that move freight and run deliveries, right through to end users of goods. The sector contributes $66 billion to our economy each year, conveying 280 million tonnes of road freight, 192 million tonnes of bulk, and 150 million tonnes of rail freight.

Managing freight well is critical to many industries and their employees, for example, mining, agriculture, construction and retail.

Key initiatives proposed by Future Transport in Greater Sydney and regional NSW include:

  • ‘Smart networks’ will improve service levels for freight customers, enable innovative new service models to develop, and support a seamless market across road and rail networks
  • Improvement to ‘last mile’ freight access to centres
  • Collaborative planning with the Australian Government on the new Inland Rail, to establish intermodal hubs through inland NSW
  • New ring roads around Greater Parramatta and the Western Sydney Airport
  • Investment in nationally significant transport corridors – especially increased east-west connections across NSW – that improve access to major trade gateways like airports and ports 


With the freight task forecast to double over the next 40 years, the productivity of NSW’s existing ports will be critical. This includes planning for an overflow container port when Port Botany approaches capacity.

Under current lease arrangements, Port Botany and Port Kembla will operate as a single container port in two locations. To manage growth, Port Kembla will be operating as the state’s second container port well before 2056, and we will need to maximise capacity through efficient road access, an improved metropolitan freight rail network, and greater user of technology.

Access to the trade gateways of Port of Newcastle and Port Kembla from inland NSW will continue to be important for the next 40 years. Access to the future Western Sydney Airport and other airports across NSW, ACT, Queensland, Victoria and South Australia will be important to capitalise on future markets.

Providing access to employment and education across Sydney

As Greater Sydney grows, convenient and reliable access for customers by public transport to their nearest centre will become increasingly important for the productivity, sustainability and liveability of the city. This is important for the residents of and visitors to Greater Sydney, enabling people to conveniently access local jobs, goods and services.

We will achieve this through investment in mass transit, improving service frequencies, better prioritising public transport around centres and improving walking and cycling connections to public transport, and the creation of the 30 minute city.

To achieve this outcome, the Future Transport 2056 Strategy includes initiatives that will:

  • Improve transport interchanges within cities, supporting urban development and faster connections
  • Provide shorter travel times and increased reliability
  • Make interstate travel faster and easier
  • Work towards 30 minute public transport journeys within Greater Sydney to the nearest centre
  • Provide greater timetable integration between services

Providing access to employment and education in regional NSW

The Future Transport 2056 Strategy in regional NSW focuses on improving connections to nearby regional centres and cities, as well as between regional cities and centres to capital cities, as shown in the ‘hub and spoke’ map below.

To achieve this outcome, the Future Transport 2056 Strategy includes initiatives that will:

  • Increase efficiency across regional NSW
  • Provide shorter travel times
  • Increase reliability
  • Improve efficiency of east-west freight movements
  • Improve connections to regional centres and cities as well as between regional cities and capital cities
  • Revise departure and arrival times, so day trippers have more time in towns, cities or centres

The Strategy also includes initiatives to improve the efficiency of the network to and from Greater Newcastle as well as Gosford and Wollongong to strengthen and maintain their 30 minute catchment.

Supporting tourism across the State

NSW is Australia’s top performing state for tourism, with the sector worth $37 billion per year and employing 270,000 people. Tourism is especially important to Regional NSW, accounting for 45% of overnight stays. Whether our visitors come from within NSW, interstate or overseas, Transport plays a vital role in their visitor experience. Our transport network carried more than 33.3 million overnight visitors around NSW last year connecting them to unique destinations and experiences across our beautiful state.

The NSW Government has a goal of doubling overnight visitor expenditure in the State by 2020. Transport can support the visitor economy in NSW by improving ticketing, information, services, infrastructure, planning and coordination of transport for our visitors. To find out more, view our  Tourism and Transport Plan.

Future Transport improvements to infrastructure and services will have a positive impact on tourists travelling around our state including:

  • Improved public transport connections, including connections to airports and cruise terminals
  • Development of transport apps that bundle information and services for tourists
  • Improved signage for tourists to help them find their way

Growth opportunities

Growth opportunities exist for every region of NSW.


Far West — Build on the region’s heritage and unique tourism assets, such as the Opal Fields and National Parks, to develop a compelling offer for a broader range of visitation segments.

Central West and Orana — Develop the potential of the region’s existing amenities and tourist attractions, including World Heritage National Parks and the renowned Tamworth Country Music Festival with further supporting investments to drive visitation, length of stay and spend.

North Coast — As the largest tourist destination within Regional NSW, further developing the region’s amenities and attractions focused on the national parks, marine assets and events and festivals will support further growth in the sector.

New England and North West — Capitalise on the region’s endowment of natural parks, artesian spas in Moree and a rich cultural heritage to develop the region as a visitor destination.

Hunter — Grow the visitor offering in the region by developing attractions in Newcastle and building on the strength of the Hunter Valley’s wineries and the coast.

Central Coast — Capitalise on the region’s natural amenities and proximity to major population centres to encourage further visitation by enabling improvements to visitor amenities and accommodation.

Illawarra-Shoalhaven — Build on Wollongong’s proximity to Sydney and its existing range of attractions and amenities, to further develop its offer to both business and leisure visitors. Activate the potential of Shoalhaven pristine coastline, national parks, and existing strengths in boutique food and wine production, to develop a compelling visitor proposition.

Riverina-Murray — Capitalise on the natural amenities of the Murray River and existing visitor attractions by developing an expanded range of attractions to drive further visitation to the region.

South East and Tablelands — Develop the Snowy Mountains into Australia’s premier winter and summer alpine destination. Develop the Far South Coast into a premium destination for visitors attracted to the pristine coastline and boutique gastronomic experiences

To find out more, explore our Future Transport 2056 Strategy, the Regional NSW Services and Infrastructure Plan or the Greater Sydney Services and Infrastructure Plan.

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