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Planning and delivery

Future Transport Strategy

A new approach

The strategic context for transport – and the needs, wants and expectations of our customers – are evolving, while expectations for safety, reliability, accessibility and affordability remain the same. The past two years alone have seen significant changes in how we respond to evolving customer needs.

Rapid technological change and disruption, along with more recent events such as the bushfires, flooding and COVID-19, will all have far-reaching implications for the future of transport. Together with long-term industrial, demographic and social shifts, these changes will reshape our economy and society, and therefore transport, in complex and unknown ways.

As a result, planning and delivering transport in an environment of uncertainty about what the future will hold is our new reality. Unpredictable change introduces significant risk to long-term planning, but also offers opportunities, if we are ready and able to identify, respond to and capitalise on these.

To do so effectively, and successfully forge a path towards our Future Transport vision, we need to embrace new approaches to planning and delivering transport.

Future Transport provides the platform to embrace new approaches to planning and delivering transport and successfully respond to the challenges and opportunities presented by technological disruption and unpredictable changes.

The old model of government being the sole planner, deliverer and operator of public transport, and providing more capacity on the network to meet forecast demand, is no longer viable. This approach also does not guarantee delivery of what our customers need or want in the future.

Our new approach in how we work towards our Future Transport vision, and how we address ambiguity, is defined by:

  • Embedding agility and flexibility.
  • Openly collaborating and partnering.
  • Delivering for people and places.

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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