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Transitioning to sustainable transport modes

Greater Newcastle Future Transport Plan

Transitioning to sustainable transport modes

There is an opportunity to support Greater Newcastle’s development as a Global Gateway City by “getting ahead of the curve” and supporting its transition into Stage 3 of the city development cycle (as referred to in Figure 41).

Greater Newcastle is currently within Stage 1 and 2 of the city development cycle. With increased investment and focus on more efficient and sustainable modes of transport (public and active), rather than car use, there is an opportunity to support the development of a high quality public realm. This has flow on effects in creating a more liveable and global city, attracting businesses, visitors and new residents from across the world.

This process has already started with the transformation of the city centre as a result of the new light rail. Newcastle Transport’s clear public transport network hierarchy with more frequent bus and ferry services and an on demand trial area will continue to support this transition.

Ongoing improvements to make public and active transport more viable options across the whole of Greater Newcastle will include:

  • Development of a strong public transport hierarchy across the Greater Newcastle area, connecting where people live to where they want to travel. Bus routes should reflect customer’s travel needs, with priority given to buses on key corridors to provide comparable, if not quicker, journey times compared to private vehicles. Service levels should match the travel demand, with turn up and go frequencies on key corridors
  • Better integrating Greater Newcastle’s train stations with the surrounding land uses, including providing feeder transport services such as on demand services, bike share, bike parking, footpaths as well as making sure adjoining development responds to the stations through good urban design
  • Reviewing car parking provision across Greater Newcastle and limiting parking in centres where strong public transport exists and exploring opportunities for park and ride, car pooling and car sharing services
  • Encouraging and working with stakeholders to develop travel demand management policies (re-time, re-mode, re-route and reduce travel) such as promoting people working from home or working with employers to promote sustainable working and organisational practices, travelling in off peak periods or reallocation of road space to reduce the number of single occupant vehicle trips
  • Collaborating with local councils and key stakeholder groups to develop a safe and connected cycling network and creating more walkable places across Greater Newcastle.

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