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Planning and delivery

Future Transport Strategy

Delivering for people and places

Place-based planning recognises that every place is unique and that transport infrastructure and services need to reflect local character and the movement needs of the local community. Place-based planning also responds to the broader challenges facing metropolitan and regional areas, such as adapting to a changing climate, changing demographics, population growth, and supporting healthy lifestyles and social interaction. 

A place-based approach to the planning, design, delivery and operation of transport networks recognises the network of public spaces formed by roads and streets, and the spaces these adjoin and impact. 

Places also have a complementary relationship with transport networks – movement supports better places by providing connectivity and integrating the movement of people and goods, and transport networks are most rational and productive where they connect and improve the places they serve. This is why we are partnering with local councils and other stakeholders from the start of the planning process to establish a common understanding of local challenges and opportunities, develop a shared vision for land use and transport for the future, co-design ideas and prioritise solutions.

Regional and outer metropolitan NSW plays a vibrant role in the culture and economy of NSW. Future transport investment in regional and outer metropolitan NSW will deliver a ‘hub-and-spoke’ network to provide better connections and improve access to regional cities and centres. This will connect customers and communities to each other and to jobs, schools, hospitals and services, as well as to cultural, social and recreational opportunities. Find out more about service and infrastructure initiatives for regional and outer metropolitan NSW.

A ‘metropolis of three cities’ and the ’30-minute city’ will be key features of Greater Sydney, where people can access jobs and services in their nearest metropolitan or strategic centre within 30 minutes by walking, cycling or public transport, seven days a week. This will give people better access to jobs, education and essential services, give people more time back in their days, and grow a sense of community. The 30-minute city will be supported by strong walking and cycling connections to increase this mode share and improve sustainability and health outcomes. Find out more about service and infrastructure initiatives for Greater Sydney.


Transport Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2022

Many of the transport routes we use today – from rail lines, to roads, to water crossings – follow the traditional Songlines, trade routes and ceremonial paths in Country that our nation’s Aboriginal peoples followed for tens of thousands of years.

We acknowledge the deep and lasting impact of the traumas associated with past policies and we understand that in order for the foundations of healing to be laid we have a responsibility to engage in genuine truth telling.

Respecting and listening to a diverse range of thoughts and options is also critical in ensuring we make better decisions, drive innovation and creativity, and have the capability to deliver our vision, which is to give everyone the freedom to choose how and when they get around, no matter their personal circumstances or where they live. 

Respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures is both an acknowledgement of the past and a celebration of the world’s oldest living culture, based on innovation, caring for Country and a collaborative approach to community and wellbeing.

The Transport Reconciliation Action Plan 2019-2022 acknowledges and pays respect to the role of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as custodians of the lands where we live and work and their ongoing connection to the land and waterways of NSW. This plan demonstrates our commitment to working towards reconciliation both within Transport and in communities across NSW.

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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