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Road use

Greater Newcastle Future Transport Plan

Road use

With increasing population and strong private vehicle use, congestion on the road network will occur. With improvements to public and active transport, there is an opportunity to reconsider the role and function of roads across Greater Newcastle. We will work towards:

  • Completing a NSW Road Classification Review that considers how roads are classified across the state
  • Undertaking Road Network Strategies across Greater Newcastle to inform the development of longer term priorities for the Hunter state road network
  • Addressing pinch points in the road network and informing the program of road network optimisation improvements
  • Undertaking a car parking review to evaluate and prioritise car parking availability and use as well as considering car share and car pooling opportunities
  • Developing travel demand management policies and transport optimisation programs to rebalance demand against service and infrastructure provision
  • Working with key stakeholders in the application of the movement and place framework to support travel and places through Place Plans.

Adopting the movement and place framework and principles in centres has the potential to transform the way those communities operate. The movement and place framework is all about creating places and experiences which locals and visitors will seek out. It acknowledges that both customer and community needs are different and the street environment needs to provide different functions – moving people and goods, while also being destinations for people. The framework will enable us to plan, design and operate the road network to meet these different needs. The movement and place framework is explored further in Customer Outcome 3 within Chapter 3.

NSW Road Classification Review

Currently, road funding and management arrangements between State and Local Government are based on a three tier hierarchy of State, Regional and Local Road classifications.

The NSW Government, through Roads and Maritime Services (RMS), funds and manages State Roads and provides funding assistance to councils towards their management of Regional Roads.

A review provides an opportunity to make adjustments to the classification process and ensure an up to date network that meets the social and economic needs of the community and industry. The last review took a number of years to complete and the three year implementation process concluded in mid-2012.

Maitland Network Strategy

The objectives of the Maitland Network Strategy are to identify the key current and future challenges that impact the function and performance of the road network including transport demand, road safety, along with future land use development impacts. It will propose a framework to manage the road network over the next 20 years.

The Strategy is being completed in partnership with Maitland City Council for a shared understanding of the strategic transport network. Key local roads are included in the scope of the study and challenges and opportunities are developed without special consideration to the classified road network. The transport network around Maitland has restrictions from flood plains, rivers and the heavy rail line. As such, it is important to acknowledge the role of local roads in reducing the demand on the New England Highway.

The Strategy will provide a mechanism for Maitland City Council to seek funding for upgrades on the strategic local government network, with justification on how various links fit onto the overall road network provided through the Strategy. It will provide strategic merit for any future funding proposals and an evidence based methodology to support this.

RMS will work with other Councils across Greater Newcastle to deliver Network Strategies relevant to their local government areas.

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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