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Customer Outcome 8: Network Resilience

Greater Newcastle Future Transport Plan

Customer Outcome 8: Network Resilience

A transport system that is resilient to significant weather events, including floods, fog and bush fires

Severe climate, weather and catastrophic events, such as extreme heat, bushfire, storms or flooding, pose a significant risk to human safety and cause major disruption to transport networks. Greater Newcastle has experienced several severe events in the past, including major flooding in 2017 and 2015, which caused damage and disruption to its transport connections. It is critical that transport infrastructure systems and services are able to withstand such extreme climate, weather and catastrophic events.

The Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036 requires state and local government to plan for a changing climate by ensuring that development responds to existing and changing natural hazard risks. Transport for NSW has identified a number of initiatives in the Regional NSW Services and Infrastructure Plan that will be part of building a resilient network in Greater Newcastle, including:

  • Resilience Package – improving immunity for flood prone regional roads
  • Slopes and culverts condition program – to progressively address and improve the conditions of slopes and culverts in the network
  • Investigating implementation of traffic incident and information services for management of all road closures (i.e. floods and natural disasters)
  • Road improvements which will include flood immunity works such as the Pacific Highway between Belmont and Swansea.

In addition to investments for infrastructure upgrades we need to consider how the transport system can assist emergency management, evacuation and relief in the event of significant weather events in line with the NSW Office of Emergency Management discussion paper on NSW Critical Infrastructure Resilience Strategy.

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