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Future Transport Strategy

A 40-year vision

Future Transport 2056 sets the 40-year vision, directions and principles for customer mobility in NSW, guiding transport investment over the longer term. It presents a glimpse of the large economic and societal shifts we will see in the future and places the customer at the centre of everything we do, to ensure we harness rapid advances in technology and innovation to create and maintain a world-class, safe, efficient and reliable transport system.

Future Transport 2056 is being delivered through a strategy and a suite of supporting plans setting out our 40-year vision for transport in NSW.

The Services and Infrastructure Plans set the customer outcomes for Greater Sydney, and regional and outer metropolitan NSW for the movement of people and freight. They include a series of initiatives to be delivered in the short, medium and long term to meet customer needs.

The Future Transport Technology Roadmap sets the technology vision and strategic priorities for passenger and freight mobility and aligns them with the growing toolkit of digital capabilities, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and other innovative approaches that can deliver world-class services for our customers.

The Supporting Plans are more detailed issue-based or place-based plans that help to implement the Strategy across NSW.

Future Transport 2056 was developed collaboratively with the Greater Sydney Commission, Infrastructure NSW and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to ensure NSW’s overarching strategies for transport and land use planning align and complement each other, delivering an integrated vision for the State.

These plans help guide Transport’s funding priorities and strategic direction to achieve the best outcomes for our people, our customers, our communities, and the people of NSW.


How Future Transport enables agility in the face of change

Future Transport 2056 is no longer a static document. It has shifted to a new, dynamic planning approach, designed to guide future transport planning in a more unpredictable environment. The vision-led planning approach helps us respond and adapt to changes as they arise, by setting an agile planning framework that allows us to embed flexibility and strategic readiness into our activities, encourages scenario testing, and plans for the delivery of major investments according to performance-based or need-based ‘triggers’ rather than rigid timeframes.

This agile approach to planning is helping us effectively respond to new challenges and opportunities, such as the 2020 bushfires and COVID-19, which have significantly impacted the community and changed how our customers interact with the transport network – resulting in significant changes to mobility patterns, and highlighting the need to prioritise health and safety, and improve network resilience. 

It also allows us to respond to changing technology and innovation. The next 40 years will see more technology-led transformation than the past two centuries. Technology is changing how we travel – and how we deliver transport. Future Transport ensures that we are able to leverage rapid advances in technology and innovation to create and maintain a world-class, safe, accessible, efficient and reliable transport system over the next 40 years.

This is why we are taking the opportunity to refresh the Strategy, shifting to a dynamic document going forward to ensure it reflects current programs and priorities, providing updates that indicate where our thinking has evolved, demonstrating the resilience of the network, and showcasing some of the projects and activities undertaken over the past two years that are delivering customer and community outcomes.

In the coming months we will also commence a review of Future Transport 2056 to ascertain whether it remains suitable to deliver on our long-term customer and community outcomes or whether it needs to be adjusted to adapt to changing trends.


What is new in the refresh of Future Transport 2056?

Since its release in 2018, Future Transport 2056 has evolved to reflect the changing environment that we operate within, and to remain current in an ever-changing world. The strategy has been updated to respond to major changes that impact the way transport is delivered, including responding to recent shocks and events, such as the COVID-19 pandemic and the bushfires. Transport’s response to these shocks, and the impact on the way services are planned and delivered, is incorporated into the strategy.

Other changes to Future Transport 2056 include updates to reflect the ongoing evolution of Transport as an organisation such as the changes brought about by Transport’s 10 Year Blueprint and Evolving Transport. It has also been updated to demonstrate the way Transport delivers services and projects to address key Future Transport concepts and priorities, such as the 30-minute city, the hub-and-spoke model, and the Movement and Place Framework, and its role in delivering environmental, social, financial and economic sustainability.

This update also provides a snapshot of Transport’s successes and performance since the Strategy’s first release in 2018, including progress against existing and new initiatives, and how technology and data analytics advancements are changing the way Transport operates.

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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