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Planning and delivery

Future Transport Strategy

Embedding agility and flexibility

Prioritising agile solutions

For any given challenge there is a range of potential solutions. For example, when it comes to road congestion, we can build wider roads, encourage mode shift to public transport, deploy smart road infrastructure to manage congestion ‘hot spots’ or encourage road users to re-time discretionary travel.

Major infrastructure projects are often needed to improve the capacity and performance of our transport network. However, major infrastructure assets are costly, time consuming and disruptive to plan and deliver, and are relatively inflexible solutions in a rapidly-changing world. 

Because of this, our approach will prioritise more agile service, policy and demand management solutions over large-scale infrastructure solutions wherever viable. We will also incorporate integrated and scalable technology, digital and data solutions in all infrastructure investments, so that our fixed assets can be utilised in ways that match, respond to and meet demand. This will enable us to better respond to dynamic customer needs, get the most out of the assets we already have and improve levels of service without significant capital investment.

Future Transport’s planning framework will deliver major investments according to performance-based or need-based ‘triggers’ rather than rigid timeframes, and coordinate a range of solutions to meet the needs of people and businesses across the State. This flips the emphasis from infrastructure provision and capital investment to more nimble non-infrastructure responses, which deliver more flexible solutions when there is uncertainty over long-term infrastructure needs.

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Service changes, demand management, operational strategies, regulation and technology are quicker to deploy, can be implemented with low capital investment, and should be the ‘first responders’ to changing demand and customer preferences. Infrastructure construction and repurposing takes longer to implement and requires significant capital investment.


Vision-led planning

The need for government to be increasingly agile and responsive is the hallmark of our approach to vision-led planning.

Instead of the traditional ‘predict and provide’ approach, which responds to and reinforces today’s experience and historic trends, Future Transport introduces an alternative ‘vision and validate’ approach that considers what customers will need and want to experience tomorrow. This approach enables agile and responsive vision-led, place-based planning, while giving industry and communities the certainty they need for their own plans and decisions about where to invest, locate and live.

‘Vision and validate’ centres on a co-design approach, and forging partnerships with our customers, local councils and stakeholders. It starts with co-developing shared visions for places founded in a rich understanding of what our customers and communities want and need, and validating the visions through scenario testing, stakeholder engagement and policy alignment.

Supported by a common view of what defines success and how this will be measured, these partnerships will endure through delivery – working together to evaluate and adjust as we move forward in response to emerging outcomes and changing needs, priorities and circumstances.

A flexible, agile investment approach

Future Transport 2056 is underpinned by service and infrastructure plans (SIPs) for Greater Sydney, and regional and outer metropolitan NSW that identify projects and programs to help us achieve our 40-year vision over time.

The timeframes of the service and infrastructure plans are indicative, based on preliminary evidence of when these initiatives may need to be implemented or committed. Change can mean initiatives will need to be reprioritised based on need.

All initiatives in the strategy and plans will be investigated and tested, alongside other key government planning processes, such as the development of the State Infrastructure Strategy, Greater Sydney District Plan and regional plans, to ensure any major impacts in growth patterns or use are considered.

Find out more about the service and infrastructure plans.

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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