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Mode share targets

Greater Newcastle Future Transport Plan

Mode share targets

Greater Newcastle has strong potential to increase the share of trips that people make on public transport, walking and cycling. Using data from the Household Travel Survey (five year pooled data between 2011/12 and 2015/16), we know that during the week three per cent of trips in Greater Newcastle are undertaken by public transport. Despite this, Greater Newcastle has one of the highest shares of people walking and cycling in the metropolitan areas of Sydney, Wollongong, Central Coast and Hunter with 13 per cent of trips made by foot or bicycle.

Looking at the journey to work, Greater Newcastle has relatively low shares of public transport and walking and cycling in comparison to similar cities internationally (Figure 43).

Newcastle Transport’s public transport network has already shown improvements to the number of people using public transport. As this model continues to develop, along with a more extensive public transport network, Greater Newcastle could achieve significant increases in the portion of trips taken by bus, train, light rail, ferry and on demand services. We could also see a significant increase in walking and cycling with a safe and connected regional bicycle network and people living closer to where they work and play.

Our target is for 25 per cent of total trips within Greater Newcastle to be made by public transport or walking and cycling by 2056. This will mean a 4.3 per cent shift to public transport and a 3.7 per cent shift to walking and cycling.

We can meet these targets by:

  • Implementing travel demand management policies and behaviour change initiatives as well as infrastructure, supported by Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036’s goal of 60 percent infill development
  • Increasing the frequency, reliability and directness of bus services along Greater Newcastle’s key corridors, including urban renewal corridors, making bus travel more competitive with private vehicle travel (recently introduced in Newcastle Transport operating area)
  • Introducing new point-to-point and on demand services in areas not well served by scheduled services
  • Encouraging the use of car pooling and park and ride
  • Connecting the regional cycleway network and providing safer ways for people to get to where they are going by bike
  • Focusing urban renewal development around train stations, improving train services and improving connections to these services
  • Completing Newcastle light rail and investigating opportunities for expansion
  • Extending the ferry network to the Newcastle Interchange.

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