Future Transport in Greater Sydney

A metropolis of three cities, where people can access the jobs, education and services they need within 30 minutes by public or active transport

Sydney will grow as a global metropolis driven by major placed-based planning and investment around the new Western Sydney Airport and Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis. New technology and innovation will make the network far more responsive to demand and better able to manage congestion.

Planning and investment for Greater Sydney will focus around the three cities concept - the Western Parkland City, the Central River City and the Eastern Harbour City. Customers will be able to travel to one of these cities or to their nearest strategic centre within 30 minutes of where they live by public or active transport. This will give people better access to access jobs, education and essential services.

An integrated network of corridors will support the efficient movement of people and goods throughout Greater Sydney. Future Transport 2056 is focused on three types of corridors that have been developed to align with the land use vision and to guide service levels (capacity, function and service frequencies) and infrastructure investment.

The hierarchy of corridors in Greater Sydney include:

  • City-shaping corridors – major trunk road and public transport corridors providing higher speed and volume connections between our cities and centres that shape locational decisions of residents and businesses. 
  • City-serving corridors – higher density corridors within less than 10km of metropolitan centres providing high frequency access to metropolitan cities/centres with more frequent stopping patterns.
  • Centre-serving corridors – local corridors that support, buses, walking and cycling, to connect people with their nearest centre and transport interchange

The road and rail network, including dedicated and shared freight corridors and connections to regional NSW are fundamental parts of this future transport system.

The initiatives in the Greater Sydney Services and Infrastructure plan over the next forty years will deliver 12 customer outcomes aligned to the Future Transport outcomes.

Greater Sydney Customer Outcomes

Convenient and responsive to customer needs

1.    New technology is harnessed to provide an integrated, end-to-end journey experience for customers

2.    Future forms of mobility are made available to customers and integrated with other modes of transport

Sustaining and enhancing the liveability of our places

3.    Walking or cycling is the most convenient option for short trips around centres and local areas, supported by a safe road environment and suitable pathways

4.    Vibrant centres supported by streets that balance the need for convenient access while enhancing the attractiveness of our places

Connecting people and places in the growing city

5.    30 minute access for customers to their nearest metropolitan city centre and strategic centre by public transport seven days a week

6.    Fast and convenient interchanging, with walking times of no longer than five minutes between services

Safely, efficiently and reliably moving people and goods

7.    Efficient, reliable and easy-to-understand journeys for customers, enabled by a simple hierarchy of services

8.    Efficient and reliable freight journeys supported by 24/7 rail access between key freight precincts with convenient access to centres

9.    A safe transport system for every customer with the aim for zero deaths or serious injuries on the network by 2056

Accessible for all customers

10.  Fully accessible transport for all customers

Makes the best use of available resources and assets

11.  Transport services and infrastructure are delivered, operated and maintained in a way that is affordable for customers and the community

12.  A resilient transport system that contributes to the NSW Government's objective of net-zero emissions by 2050

Figure 17 Customer outcomes in Greater Sydney