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Customer Outcome 3: Movement and place framework

Greater Newcastle Future Transport Plan

Customer Outcome 3: Movement and place framework

People and businesses experience vibrant local places balanced with efficient and effective movement of people and goods.

Roads form the majority of Greater Newcastle’s transport network. They help to move around thousands of our customers every day. They also pass through places where people work, shop and socialise.

The movement and place framework aims to balance the interests of different road users by considering and classifying roads by their function and considering the place function of the space. By doing this, different street environments emerge.

For example, the New England Highway supports the movement of people between Maitland and Newcastle, is home to a number of people and is the location of major destinations such as Stockland Green Hills shopping centre, Maitland Private Hospital, Maitland TAFE as well as parks and open spaces. Development of and around the New England Highway requires consideration of these multiple functions.

The classification then determines the design principles that should be implemented to support the street environments and assists in decision making for the management of road space to help create and maintain successful places.

Ultimately, decisions about the classification and treatment of roads and the implementation of the movement and place framework will have the best outcomes where there has been early and ongoing collaboration and cooperation between local and state government land use and road authorities in consultation with communities.

 

Potential application of framework in Greater Newcastle

In the development of Place Plans, there is an opportunity to apply the movement and place framework to support change.

The figure below is an example of how key roads in Newcastle city centre could change from movement corridors to vibrant streets or alternatively, from local streets to key movement corridors depending on their function.

The movement and place framework also recognises that transport infrastructure is not only about mobility but is a ‘place maker’. It can transform the public domain, activate centres and unlock new commercial and housing developments, renewing existing neighbourhoods and spaces. The design of interchanges and transport infrastructure can create new spaces for public art and open space and can contribute to the overall aesthetic experience of public places.

As we implement the Plan, we will collaborate with our stakeholders early in the planning and design stages of the delivery of new transport infrastructure and services to incorporate placemaking initiatives that contribute to the character and liveability of places.

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