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Future Transport Strategy

A metropolis of three cities

The Greater Sydney Region Plan: a metropolis of three cities is built on a vision of three cities in Greater Sydney – the Western Parkland City, the Central River City and the Eastern Harbour City.

Transport networks will need to expand to provide improved access to each metropolitan centre. These networks will be progressively developed through a range of infrastructure investments that will make key improvements to the city-shaping and city-serving corridors, as well as upgrade local roads, and walking and bicycle paths.


A 30-minute city

Living in a ’30-minute city’ will mean residents can access jobs and services in their nearest metropolitan or strategic centre within 30 minutes by public transport, walking and/or cycling, seven days a week. This will give people better access to jobs, education and essential services and give people more time back in their days. 

Initial transport and land use modelling of the potential 2056 transport network shows that 76 per cent of the population will be within 30 minutes travel of their nearest city or city cluster, by public transport, as shown in the following figure.

The 30-minute city will be supported by strong walking and cycling connections to increase mode-share and improve sustainability and health outcomes. 

Realising the vision of the 30-minute city will require a sustained and staged investment program to protect corridors and then develop an integrated transport system that includes city-shaping, city-serving and centre-serving corridors and strategic freight networks. It will also require more efficient use of the current network to reduce travel times and meet customer demand.

An integrated network of corridors will support the efficient movement of people and goods throughout Greater Sydney. Future Transport 2056 is focused on ensuring movement corridors are aligned with the land use vision and help to guide service levels and infrastructure investment. Find out more about the service and infrastructure initiatives for Greater Sydney.

Transport is also developing a place plans that will support the achievement of the 30-minute city, and recently published its first, the South East Sydney Transport Strategy.


Eastern Harbour City 

Current investments are focused on city-shaping and radial connections to centres in the Eastern Harbour City. These support improved public transport, congestion management and urban renewal outcomes, unlocking capacity on existing road and rail corridors, and supporting renewal and walkability by drawing vehicle traffic away from centres. Sydney Metro City & Southwest and Sydney Metro West will build on improvements made by Sydney Metro North West, and provide much needed capacity across the metropolitan rail network to support patronage growth and urban renewal opportunities, such as Waterloo and The Bays.


Central River City 

The development of the Central River City will require improved 30-minute public transport access to Greater Parramatta. To support this, the focus will be on new city-shaping connections, particularly from the north and south. New transport connections for Greater Parramatta, including light rail, will support local access and urban renewal, with improved mass transit connectivity via Sydney Metro West. 


Western Parkland City

The developing Western Parkland City will require investment in the mass transit network to shape a sustainable urban form and grow jobs, and support 30-minute access to centres by public transport. To support this, north-south connections through the Western Sydney International Airport and the Aerotropolis are committed for delivery, along with investigation of expanded northern, southern and east-west rail connections, in collaboration with Australian and local governments. This includes protection of the Western Sydney Freight Line, a dedicated freight rail connection between Port Botany and the Western Parkland City.


In focus

Smart Western Sydney

In March 2018, the Western Sydney City Deal (the City Deal) was announced. It is an agreement to undertake a coordinated approach to strategic planning and delivery for the Western Parkland City, with an emphasis on optimising place-based infrastructure delivery. This is a vision for Western Sydney designed in partnership with the NSW and Australian Governments and the local governments of the Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Penrith and Wollondilly.

The City Deal will help all tiers of government coordinate investment across transport, health and education, and create 200,000 new jobs across a wide range of industries over the next 20 years. The new Western Sydney International (Nancy-Bird Walton) Airport will attract infrastructure, investment and knowledge-intensive jobs, with benefits flowing into health and education, retail, hospitality, and industrial activities that will power the city.

The City Deal reinforces the goal of realising the 30-minute city and includes 38 transformative commitments. This means the Western Parkland City will be a region with world-class internet connectivity, integrating ‘smart’ concepts with its public spaces, transport, health and wellbeing solutions, planning and management.
What is ‘smart infrastructure’? 

Smart infrastructure, such as smart transport, public spaces, health and wellbeing solutions planning and management, uses data gathered through a network of sensors and technologies embedded in the built and natural environment. Emerging initiatives like the Smart Western City Program are designed to support place-based smart interventions. 

For transport this will mean a fully connected and integrated multi-modal network supporting connected and automated vehicles, electric vehicles, data-driven planning and digitally supported customer channels.

Transport projects under the City Deal include:

  • Sydney Metro Western Sydney Airport (from St Marys to the Aerotropolis via Western Sydney Airport).
  • Rapid bus services linking Liverpool, Penrith and Campbelltown with the Aerotropolis.

Find out more about the Western Sydney City Deal.

Six principles for Future Transport

The Future Transport 2056 Strategy is focused on six key principles for the future of mobility in the state, which together aim to positively impact the economy, communities and environment of NSW.

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