APPENDIX A: INITIATIVES LIST

 

CUSTOMER OUTCOMES 

1.

Flexible services are an integral part of the transport system helping to deliver reliability and the most appropriate type of service for customer needs 

2.

A transport system that adapts to and embraces new technology 

3.

The appropriate movement and place balance is established enabling people and goods to move efficiently through the network whilst ensuring local access and vibrant places 

4.

Supporting centres with appropriate transport services and infrastructure 

5.

Changes in land use, population and demand, including seasonal changes, are served by the transport system 

6.

Economic development is enabled by regional transport services and infrastructure 

7.

A safe transport system for every customer with zero deaths or serious injuries on the network by 2056 

8.

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

9.

Accessibility to employment and services such as health, education, retail and cultural activities within Regional Cities and Centres 

10.

Customers enjoy improved connectivity, integrated services and better use of capacity 


1. Committed Initiatives – 0-10 years 

Some of these initiatives are subject to final business case and funding. 

Initiative

Initiative type
(policy and planning,
service,
infrastructure)

Timing for Initiative

Region

REGIONAL NSW 

Road Classification Review 

Policy/planning 

0-10 yrs committed 

Regional 

NSW Boating Now Program 

Infrastructure  

 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Regional Rail Fleet Project 

All  

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Safer Roads Program 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Saving Lives on Country Roads Program 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Local Government Road Safety Program 

Infrastructure 

 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Road Freight Safety and Productivity 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Regional Road Freight Corridor Fund  

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Bridges for the Bush Program 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Fixing Country Rail Program 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Fixing Country Roads  

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Transport Access Program 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Heavy vehicle rest areas 

Policy and planning / infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Transport corridor planning 

Policy and planning / infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Regional Passenger Transport Strategic Framework and Delivery Model 

Service 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Hub and Spoke Model 

Service 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Increase availability of regional slots at Sydney’s airports during peak hours 

Service 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Demand responsive transport services 

Service 

0-10yrs committed  

Regional 

Country Passenger Infrastructure Grants Scheme 

Policy and planning 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

First Stop Transport 

Policy and planning 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Data collection improvements for Regional NSW 

Policy and planning 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

Regional Airports Program 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Regional 

 

HUNTER 

New Intercity Fleet (Multi-region) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Central West and Orana 

Nelson Bay road improvements - Fern Bay to Williamtown 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Hunter 

Newcastle Cruise Terminal 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Hunter 

Cormorant Road, Industrial Drive to Stockton Bridge (State and Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Hunter 

Hunter Pinch Points 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Hunter 

New England Highway, Scone Bypass (State and Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Hunter 

New England Highway, Gowrie Gates, Widen Rail Underpass 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Hunter 

New England Highway, Belford to Golden Highway Upgrade  

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Hunter 

Newcastle Inner City Bypass, Rankin Park to Jesmond  

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Hunter 

New England Highway, Muswellbrook Bypass (Planning) 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Hunter 

New England Highway, Singleton Bypass (Planning) 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Hunter 

M1, Hexham, Raymond Terrace upgrades 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Hunter 

Newcastle Light Rail 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Hunter 

Lower Hunter Freight Corridor Protection 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Hunter 

Golden Highway Safety and Productivity Works (State and Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure 

0-10yrs committed 

Hunter, Central West and Orana 

 

CENTRAL COAST 

New Intercity Fleet (Multi-region) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Central West and Orana 

Pacific Motorway Widening and Reconstruction, Wyong Road to Doyalson Link Road (State and Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central Coast 

Pacific Motorway Widening, Kariong Interchange to Somersby Interchange (State and Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central Coast 

Pacific Highway, Ourimbah Street to Glen Road 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central Coast 

Wyong Road, Mingara Drive to Tumbi Road Upgrade 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central Coast 

Manns Road, Central Coast Highway to Narara Creek Road (Planning) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central Coast 

Warnervale Link Road, Albert Warner Drive to Pacific Highway (Planning) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central Coast 

Pacific Highway, Parsons Road to Ourimbah Street (Planning) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central Coast 

Pacific Highway and Manns Road, Narara Creek Road to Parsons Road (Planning) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central Coast 

Pacific Highway, Wyong Town Centre (Planning) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central Coast 

Empire Bay Drive, The Scenic Road and Cochrone Street Intersection Upgrade  

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central Coast 

Kangy Angy Train Maintenance Facility for New Intercity Fleet 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central Coast 

 

ILLAWARRA SHOALHAVEN 

   

New Intercity Fleet (Multi-region) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Central West and Orana 

Albion Park Rail Bypass (Planning and Preconstruction) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Nowra Bridge over Shoalhaven River (Planning) (State and Federal Funded) subject to final business case and Federal funding 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Princes Motorway Improvements, Bulli Tops to Picton Road (Planning) (State and Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Berry to Bomaderry Upgrade 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Princes Motorway, Interchange at Base of Mount Ousley (Planning) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

 

NORTH COAST 

Bruxner Highway, Replacement Bridge over Clarence River 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

North Coast 

Woolgoolga to Ballina (State and Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

North Coast 

Warrell Creek to Nambucca Heads (State and Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

North Coast 

Summerland Way, Additional Clarence River Crossing (Grafton Bridge) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

North Coast 

Dignams Creek Realignment 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

North Coast 

Coffs Harbour Bypass (Subject to final business case &  Federal  funding) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

North Coast 

Oxley Highway Safety and Realignment Works (Multi-region) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

North Coast; New England North West; Central West and Orana 

 

SOUTH EAST AND TABLELANDS 

Gocup Road Upgrade 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

South East and Tablelands 

Burrill Lake Bridge Replacement 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

South East and Tablelands 

Batemans Bay Bridge (planning) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

South East and Tablelands 

Kosciuszko Road Overtaking Lanes and Safety Improvements 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

South East and Tablelands 

Barton Highway Improvements (State and Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

South East and Tablelands 

Queanbeyan Bypass (Ellerton Drive Extension) (State, Federal and Local Government Funded) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

South East and Tablelands 

Eden cruise facilities development 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

South East and Tablelands 

Monaro Highway Overtaking Lanes and Safety Improvements 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

South East and Tablelands 

Kings Highway, Replacement Clyde River Bridge  

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

South East and Tablelands 

MR92 Nerriga Road improvements 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

South East and Tablelands 

Main Road 54 (Goulburn to Bathurst) Initial Sealing 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

South East and Tablelands; Central West and Orana 

 

RIVERINA MURRAY 

Newell Highway, West Wyalong Heavy Vehicle Bypass 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Riverina Murray 

Hume Highway Heavy Duty Pavement (State and Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Riverina Murray 

Newell Highway Overtaking Lanes (Multi-region) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Riverina Murray; Central West and Orana; New England North West 

Cobb Highway, New Bridge at Echuca - Moama  

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Riverina Murray 

Junee North Triangle 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Riverina Murray 

Narrandera – Tocumwal Railway Reactivation 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Riverina Murray 

Inland Rail (Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Riverina Murray; New England North West; Central West and Orana; Far West 

 

NEW ENGLAND NORTH WEST 

Newell Highway, Mungle Back Creek to Boggabilla Heavy Duty Pavement (State and Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

New England North West 

New England Highway, Bolivia Hill Upgrade (State and Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

New England North West 

Oxley Highway, Gunnedah Bridge over Rail 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

New England North West 

Oxley Highway Safety and Realignment Works (Multi-region) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

North Coast; New England North West; Central West and Orana 

Newell Highway Overtaking Lanes (Multi-region) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Riverina Murray; Central West and Orana; New England North West 

Newell Highway Heavy Vehicle Pavement Upgrades - Narrabri-Moree, North of Moree (Planning) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

New England North West 

Barraba Branch Line 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

New England North West 

Inland Rail (Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Riverina Murray; New England North West; Central West and Orana; Far West 

Tamworth Rail Freight Centre 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

New England North West 

 

CENTRAL WEST AND ORANA 

Mitchell Highway, Guanna Hill Realignment 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central West and Orana 

Newell Highway, Improvements through Coonabarabran (Planning) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central West and Orana 

Newell Highway, Trewilga Realignment 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central West and Orana 

Newell Highway, Parkes Bypass (Planning) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central West and Orana 

Newell Highway, New Dubbo Bridge (Planning) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central West and Orana 

New Intercity Fleet (Multi-region) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra Shoalhaven, Central West and Orana 

Newell Highway Overtaking Lanes (Multi-region) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Riverina Murray; Central West and Orana; New England North West 

Oxley Highway Safety and Realignment Works (Multi-region) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

North Coast; New England North West; Central West and Orana 

Golden Highway Safety and Productivity Works (State and Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Hunter, Central West and Orana 

Regional Rail Maintenance Facility (Dubbo subject to planning approval) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Central West and Orana 

Inland Rail (Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Riverina Murray; New England North West; Central West and Orana; Far West 

 

FAR WEST 

Silver City Highway Seal Extension 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Far West 

Cobb Highway Seal Extension 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Far West 

Inland Rail (Federal Funded) 

Infrastructure  

0-10yrs committed 

Riverina Murray; New England North West; Central West and Orana; Far West 

  1. Future Transport Initiatives for Investigation 

The following initiatives have been proposed for further investigation as a result of planning work undertaken for Future Transport.  

REGIONAL NSW – For Investigation 

 

Timing for initiative 

Region 

Initiative 

Initiative type
(policy and planning,
service,
infrastructure)

Summary description
of initiative

Customer Outcomes
 

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Regional Transport Plans 

All 

To be developed for each region to align with the Department of Planning and Environment’s 20 year Regional Plans. These will be prepared in consultation with local government and Joint Organisations, other state government agencies and Australian Government bodies.  

4, 5, 6

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW  

Saving Lives on Country Roads program (continuation) 

Infrastructure 

Program to address the challenge of more than two thirds of fatalities occurring on country roads. Includes: 

  • Safety infrastructure upgrades targeting high risk curves and key routes, including local roads 
  • Delivery of a targeted NSW country roads public education campaign 
  • Partnering with local councils, community groups and industry to support grassroots Towards Zero initiatives  
7

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW  

Local Government Road Safety Program (continuation) 

Infrastructure 

Partnership between Transport for NSW, RMS and participating local Councils in NSW. The program provides up to 50 percent funding contribution to the salary of a Road Safety Officer and funding for local road safety projects. 

7

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Regional Road Freight Corridor Fund (continuation) 

Infrastructure 

Program to upgrade key regional highways, ensuring regional producers can transport goods on time and in a cost effective manner. 

6

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW  

Road network management system 

Infrastructure 

The implementation of a multi-modal system that enables live monitoring of network performance across all passenger and freight modes using motorways and highways.  

2, 6

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

CAV Readiness Program 

Policy and planning / infrastructure 

Program to ensure CAV and autonomous vehicle readiness, including smart roads and incorporating design standards to support CAVs to enable the strategic road network to adapt to accommodate the evolution of future CAVs for freight and passenger movement.  

2

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Port Efficiency, Access and Integration Package 

Infrastructure 

Road and rail projects focussed on improving port access, efficiency, and integration with the surrounding network. 

6

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Regional booking system 

Policy and planning / infrastructure 

Investment to support implementation of electronic ticketing and online adaptive booking systems 

2

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Fixing Country Roads program (continuation) 

Infrastructure  

The program helps to fund projects that better connect local and regional roads to state highways and key freight hubs; such as silos, saleyards, rail heads, supermarket distribution centres, industrial parks and depots. 

6, 7

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Fixing Country Rail program continuation 

Infrastructure  

Projects funded under Fixing Country Rail could include sidings, passing loops, the reopening of non-operational sections and network enhancements that allow the use of faster, longer and heavier trains. 

6, 7

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Bridges for the Bush continuation 

Infrastructure  

Upgrades of various bridges in regional NSW, including the Bridges for the Bush program; and local road bridges 

8

0-10yrs
for investigation   

 

Regional NSW 

Place Plans 

All 

Plan to deliver an integrated transport network to improve access to/from/within key places or centres by all modes across Regional NSW.  

It is the application of the Movement and Place Framework to improve the function of transport corridors to enhance the amenity of places. It will include the development of an active transport network, identifying the missing links and initiatives for behaviour change to support more sustainable travel options.  

Place plans will also include travel demand management policies and tools to support travel such as car sharing and to assist workers and employers better manage travel demand.  

They will consider the need for access to be prioritised by high efficiency passenger and freight services as well as providing access for shared, connected, automated and electric vehicles. 

4

0-10yrs
for investigation  

Regional NSW 

Rail Network Optimisation Program  

All 

Program optimising service patterns for faster journey times and point to point connections to improve customer outcomes.  

10

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Demand responsive transport services  

Service 

Program to make flexible on demand transport available in all regions 

1, 2

0-10yrs
for investigation  

Regional NSW 

Towards Zero Infrastructure Program 

 

Infrastructure 

Program of additional road safety infrastructure measures for rural and regional roads to reduce head-on and run off road crashes 

7

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Walking programs 

Infrastructure 

Completion of Newcastle, Wollongong and Central Coast 10 km pedestrian network, Completion of 2 km radius catchment investments for regional centres. Will include safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including traffic calming and pedestrian priority measures).   

3

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Cycling programs 

Infrastructure  

Completion of Sydney, Parramatta, Western Sydney Airport, Newcastle  10 km cycling network, 5 km radius of district and regional centres. Will include safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including traffic calming measures). 

3

00-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Car share package 

Policy and planning 

Support and facilitate car sharing programs around the state. 

2

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Regional Parking Guidelines 

Policy and planning 

Deliver and implement regional parking guidelines across Regional NSW.  

4

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Resilience Package 

Infrastructure  

Improving immunity for Flood prone regional roads. 

8

0-10yrs
for investigation  

Regional NSW 

Sealing Country Roads Program  

Infrastructure  

Program of works to progressively seal unsealed roads in regional NSW. 

7, 8

00-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Slopes and culverts condition program 

Infrastructure  

Program of works to progressively address/improve the conditions of slopes and culverts in the network 

7

0-10yrs
for investigation  

Regional NSW 

Last Mile Productivity Program 

Infrastructure 

Package of works that will focus on improving first and last mile connectivity and efficiency for freight network 

6

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Heavy vehicle rest areas (continuation) 

Infrastructure 

Program to continue building heavy vehicle rest areas across relevant areas of the road network, including identifying locations for service centres along state highways.  

7

0-10yrs
for investigation

Regional NSW 

Town Bypasses identification of future need 

Policy and planning / infrastructure 

Construction of town bypasses to divert heavy vehicle freight movements and other through traffic away from town centres to improve traffic, safety, and urban amenity. Includes Coffs Harbour, towns along the Princess Highway and New England Highway etc. List of prioritised town bypasses will be developed in consultation with local communities  

3, 4

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Implementation of traffic incident and information services 

Policy and planning / infrastructure 

Investigate implementation of traffic incident and information services for management of all road closures (ie floods and natural disasters) 

2

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Inland Port 

Infrastructure 

Create an Inland Port that provides processing of goods and customs services inland before travelling to coastal ports for shipping. 

6

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Fuel vouchers policy 

Policy and planning 

Development of a policy considering the provision of fuel vouchers for people living in remote NSW.  

9

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Cross border public transport pricing and regulation MoUs 

Policy and planning 

Establishment of Memorandums of Understanding between state governments where none exist to support seamless pricing and regulations for cross border travel.  

9, 10

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

School Bus and Community Transport Model development 

Policy and planning  

Development of a model that considers the conversion of school bus and community transport services to provide access for all communities. 

1, 2, 4, 9, 10

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Maritime Safety Program 

Policy and planning / infrastructure 

Delivery of the NSW Regional Boating Plans and other maritime safety improvements. 

7

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Active Transport Sharing Scheme 

Service 

Investment in an assisted mobility device (AMD) and electric bike sharing scheme to incentivise uptake within context of an optimal policy and regulatory framework. May include active transport options as well as other AMDs more suitable for an ageing population. 

2, 3, 9, 10

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Aerial technologyuse 

Service 

The use of aerial technology such as drones for transport. They may be used to deliver emergency transport services, disaster responses or last mile freight deliveries 

1, 2, 7

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Access Prioritisation Plan 

Policy and planning / infrastructure 

Strategic plan using the Movement and Place Framework that identifies initiatives to prioritise access to interchanges, corridors and key places. Will consider the need for access to be prioritised by high efficiency passenger and freight services as well as providing access for shared, connected, automated and electric vehicles. 

3, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Fleet Leasing Policy 

Policy and planning 

Policy for the NSW Government Transport Cluster to use safer and lower emissions vehicles to result in reduced costs and improved health outcomes of staff and communities and to accelerate uptake in regional communities of safer and cleaner vehicles. 

2, 7

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) 

Policy and planning 

A business model for customers to access transport services in which customers can use a single account and booking interface to access a broad range of transport modes, none of which the customer owns. Examples would be allowing a customer to access public transport, car sharing and bike sharing all using the same system. 

It provides a single comprehensive source of public transport information, including cross border services. 

2, 9, 10

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Next generationticketing 

Policy and planning 

Seamless ticketing system across all modes of transport in NSW. Will assist in capturing transport data in regional areas. 

2, 9, 10

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Fare alignment 

Policy and planning 

Alignment of fares in regional NSW with those in the current Opal operational area. This will increase equity between regions, improve social inclusion and affordability as well as assist in encouraging greater use of public transport services. 

9

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Assisted Mobility Device Strategy 

Policy and planning 

Development of a policy and regulatory framework to manage the safe introduction and promotion of Assisted Mobility Devices that considers advancing technology and automation. 

2, 9

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

‘Whole of life’ Approach Plan 

Policy and planning 

Develop strategy that re-focuses asset management to adopt a ‘whole of life’ approach - plan, build and manage assets now and into the future that are safe and available, provide the desired operational performance in a reliable, sustainable, presentable and affordable manner. 

2

0-10yrs
for investigation  

Regional NSW 

CAV, electric vehicle and Intelligent Transport System trials 

Policy and planning 

Trials of CAVs, electric vehicles (including buses) and intelligent transport systems. 

2, 6, 9, 10

0-10yrs
for investigation 

Regional NSW 

Electric Vehicle Policy 

Policy and planning / infrastructure  

The development and implementation of an electric vehicle policy that aims to maximise benefits for passenger and freight mobility, productivity and support liveable centres. It will also develop cost effective energy reduction solutions for passenger and freight services. 

2, 9, 10

 

HUNTER – For Investigation 

 

Timing for initiative

Region

Initiative

Initiative type
(policy and planning,
service,
infrastructure)

Summary description
of initiative
 

Benefit 

Customer Outcomes
 

0-10yrs for investigation 

Hunter 

Newcastle Light
Rail network extension

All 

Extension of the Newcastle Light Rail network and corridor preservation.

Support identified urban renewal corridors and growth to the west of the City centre with a mode of transport that supports street activation. Enables increased connectivity between strategic centres of Greater Newcastle through an integrated servicing plan. 

3, 4, 5, 9

0-10yrs for investigation 

Hunter. Central West and Orana 

Golden Highway improvements (continuation) 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Golden Highway through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works 

The route has been identified as an important connection between the Central West and Orana region and Greater Newcastle and the Port of Newcastle. 
There is also a State target to facilitate the movement of high productivity vehicles on the highway in the long term due to the constraints that make such a connection between the Central West and Sydney via the Great Western Highway less cost effective. 
Corridor improvements will deliver greater journey time savings and road safety outcomes.  

5, 6, 7

0-10yrs for investigation 

Hunter 

M1, Hexham,
Raymond Terrace upgrades 

Infrastructure 

Upgrades to the strategic network of primary freight routes comprising of the New England Highway, M1 Pacific Motorway through to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace and the strategic junction with the New England Highway and Hexham Straight.  

Improve travel times and reliability for the key movements at the strategic junction of M1, John Renshaw Drive, New England Highway and Pacific Highway (including Hexham Straight and Hexham Bridge to Masonite Road). 

Provide a route which reduces the overall freight transport time and cost for heavy vehicles along the Pacific Highway corridor, the New England Highway and other key strategic freight routes around the Greater Newcastle area, improving opportunity for increased freight capacity and efficiency. 

Provide long term route reliability along the Pacific Highway corridor (including Hexham Straight and Hexham bridge to Masonite Road) and the New England Highway. 

Improve road safety (reduce fatalities and serious injuries) for all road users including vulnerable road users. 

Provide more efficient access to key employment areas such as Tomago, Beresfield, Black Hill, the Port of Newcastle, and key employment areas of Greater Newcastle. 

3, 5, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Hunter 

GreaterNewcastle Rapid BusPackage 

Service / Infrastructure 

Implementation of programs to prioritise access for buses over private vehicles in our Global Gateway and Satellite Cities. 

Public transport investment in Newcastle, Central Coast and Wollongong. Support 30 minute access by public transport to the nearest centre for customers living in areas not served by train lines, by prioritising buses on selected roads. 
Improves the efficiency and reliability of journeys by public transport by enabling buses to be better separated from other road users and supports the sustainability of our transport system by attracting more customers to using public transport. 

3, 4, 5, 9

0-10yrs for investigation 

Hunter 

Bus head start for 
Greater Newcastle 

Service / Infrastructure 

Growth Centre Buses. New routes implemented to support new homes as they are built. 

Public transport investment in Newcastle, Central Coast and Wollongong to improve the sustainability of our transport system by attracting more customers to using public transport. 

3, 4, 5, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Hunter 

Greater Newcastle Place Plans 

All 

Plan and deliver improved access to/from/within key precincts within Greater Newcastle by all modes 

Support the growth of the Global Gateway City of Greater Newcastle and reinforce its importance as the strategic centre for the region. 
Place planning to implement Movement and Place framework in Regional NSW cities and centres – opportunity to improve the function of transport corridors to enhance the amenity of our centres. 

3, 4, 5

0-10yrs for investigation 

Hunter 

The Lakes Way Corridor Improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Lakes Way through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works 

Supports the user needs of regional industries, populations, and tourists by improving safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor. 
Improves the connections between Regional Cities and Centres. 

5, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Hunter 

Containerisation of Newcastle Port  

Policy and planning / Infrastructure 

Develop Port of Newcastle into a port capable of moving container goods similar to Port Botany 

Supports the development of Newcastle as Global Gateway city by utilising the existing and future infrastructure capacity of the road and rail networks in the Hunter and beyond. Alleviates congestion in the Sydney network.  

5

0-10yrs for investigation 

Hunter 

Nelson Bay Road improvements - Williamtown to Bobs Farm 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade Nelson Bay Road between Williamtown and the Tomaree Peninsula, including safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate). 

Improved safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, better bays for bus passengers, reduced traffic delays and more reliable travel times for motorists using this section of Nelson Bay Road. 
Support the visitor economy. 

5

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central Coast, Hunter 

Sydney-Central Coast-Newcastle Faster Rail Improvement 

Infrastructure 

A program of operational, fleet and targeted fixed infrastructure improvements (for example, new deviations to eliminate curvatures and flatten grades). This would include a new rail crossing of the Hawkesbury River. 

Improved rail journey travel times and services and facilities to enable increased capacity. 
Will result in stronger connections and the development of greater economic synergies between Sydney and the Satellite City of Gosford and the Global Gateway City of Newcastle 
Assist in easing housing affordability pressure and provide a strategic connection between Sydney, the Satellite City of Gosford and the Global Gateway City of Newcastle.  

5, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central West and Orana, Hunter, South East and Tablelands  

Great Dividing Range
long term solution study 

Policy and planning 

A strategic examination of options to improve freight connectivity across the Great Dividing Range from inland areas to Newcastle/Sydney/Wollongong 

Solution will resolve a long standing issue regarding access between Inland NSW and Coastal areas of the Greater Sydney conurbation. 

4, 6, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central West and Orana, Hunter, South East and Tablelands  

Great Dividing Range long term solution corridor preservation 

Policy and planning 

Corridor preservation to improve freight connectivity across the Great Dividing Range in order to connect inland areas to Sydney/Newcastle/Wollongong. 

Solution will resolve a long standing issue regarding access between Inland NSW and Coastal areas of the Greater Sydney conurbation. 

4, 6, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

Central Coast, Hunter 

M1 – Newcastle SMART Motorway 

Infrastructure 

The M1 Newcastle Smart Motorway project will introduce intelligent technology, known as a motorway management system. This includes variable speed limits, dynamic message signs and - where appropriate - ramp meters to meter traffic flows 

Support the financial sustainability of the transport system by better using existing motorway infrastructure. 
It will enable future forms of mobility, such as CAVs, to be available to customers by ensuring infrastructure is enabled to support this. 
Improve the safety of road users through technology that improves the management of congestion and helps reduce the risk of incidents. 

2, 5, 7

10-20yrs for investigation 

Hunter, 

New England North West 

Main Northern Line - improvements to address pinch points 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade to the Northern Line in the Upper Hunter to address rail freight pinch points 

Improved rail travel times for freight, reducing delays to passenger rail services. Support growth in rail freight and improve rail access to the Port of Newcastle.  

3, 9

10-20yrs for investigation 

North Coast, Hunter, Central Coast, South East and Tablelands and Riverina Murray 

Corridor Preservation for Higher Speed Connections 

Policy and planning 

Confirm and begin the preservation of a corridor, based on the corridor set out in the Australian Government’s High Speed Rail Study Phase 2, for a high speed rail link between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. 

Supports reduced journey times for travel across NSW and into other states/ACT. 
Results in improvements to economy due to minimising lost time spent travelling and supports increased accessibility for people in Regional NSW to access services and infrastructure within capital cities.  

2, 5

10-20yrs for investigation 

Hunter 

Newcastle Ferry Network extension 

Service / Infrastructure 

 To extend ferry services between Stockton and Queens Wharf to Wickham. This will facilitate interchange with heavy rail services. 

Supports 30 minute access by public transport to the nearest centre for customers living in areas not served by train lines, by creating new ferry connections. Improve the sustainability of our transport system by attracting more customers to using public transport. 

5, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

Hunter 

Lower Hunter Freight Corridor 

Infrastructure 

Lower Hunter Freight Corridor which will enable a future dedicated freight rail line to be constructed between Fassifern and Hexham; bypassing Newcastle while improving regional and interstate links. 

Provide essential rail capacity for passenger and freight train growth across the broader rail network. 
Increases the efficiency and reliability of the rail network by separating the majority of freight and passenger rail services on a congested area between Fassifern and Newcastle. Enhances urban amenity and liveability in the Newcastle region by removing most of the freight trains from within the urban area and at the Adamstown and Islington Junction level crossings. 

5, 6

10-20yrs for investigation 

Hunter 

Tomago Road Improvements - Pacific Highway to Williamtown 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade Tomago Road between the pacific Highway and Newcastle Airport at Williamtown. 

Improved safety and reliability for freight, passenger movements. 
Improves the connection to the global gateway of Newcastle Airport and supports the visitor economy and defence industries. 

5, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra Shoalhaven  

Outer Metro Roads Program 

Policy and planning / infrastructure 

Program to improve the local road network in Newcastle, Wollongong and Central Coast 

Reduces congestion in growing Global Gateway and Satellite cities by addressing pinch-points and improving place-based outcomes as well as connecting strategic centres 

4, 5, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

Central West and Orana, 

Hunter 

Dubbo to Newcastle rail connection 

Service / Infrastructure 

Develop existing coach connection between Dubbo and Newcastle into a passenger rail line 

Newcastle is the closest coastal city to Dubbo. There is growing passenger demand on this corridor which if developed can help alleviate congestion on the Main West line to Sydney. 

5, 10

20+yrs visionary 

Hunter 

New suburban type rail service for GreaterNewcastle 

Service 

The development of the Lower Hunter Freight corridor will bring potential for suburban rail services to operate within Greater Newcastle.  

 

4, 5, 8, 9, 10

20+yrs visionary 

Hunter 

Electrification of the Hunter Line to Telarah 

Infrastructure 

Extension of the electrified Intercity Rail network to Telarah from Broadmeadow 

Provides a more convenient access point to the Intercity network within a Regional City, providing efficient and reliable rail access to the Global Gateway City for customers that live in the Lower Hunter. 
Supports an improvement in the sustainable movement of passengers through the extension of the electrification section of the rail network leading to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

5, 10

20+yrs visionary 

Hunter 

Duplication of New England Highway Muswellbrook to Scone 

Infrastructure 

Duplication of New England Highway between Muswellbrook and Scone 

Improve the safety and efficiency of the New England Highway,  improving freight productivity and supporting the mining and agriculture industry in the region. 
Improving movement between Regional Centres and improving connections to the Global Gateway City of Greater Newcastle. 

5

20+yrs visionary 

Hunter 

New rail alignment of North Coast Line between Newcastle and Stroud Road - investigation corridor 

Infrastructure 

Creating a more direct rail connection between the Lower Hunter Freight corridor at Hexham to Stroud Road. 

Improved rail travel times for freight and passenger services, reducing delays to passenger rail services that are currently are delayed by freight movements. 
Supporting growth in rail freight and improving rail access to the Global Gateway City of Newcastle 

4

20+yrs visionary 

Hunter 

Cessnock to Newcastle rail services via Kurri Kurri 

Service / Infrastructure 

Introduction of a passenger rail line between Cessnock and Newcastle 

Decreases the potential for conflict between heavy vehicles, passenger vehicles and pedestrians in this growing area.  

4

20+yrs visionary 

Central Coast, Hunter, North Coast, South East and Tablelands, Riverina-Murray  

Higher Speed Connections (east coast) 

Service / Infrastructure 

Deliver a high speed transport connection along the East Coast of NSW (traversing Greater Sydney) 

Provides future connectivity between Western Sydney and Central Coast, Newcastle and Canberra. Supports  cross-border connections and connects Sydney, Global Gateway Cities and Regional Cities and Centres. 

2, 5, 6,10

20+yrs visionary 

Central West and Orana, Hunter, South East and Tablelands  

Delivery of Great Dividing Range long term solution  

Infrastructure 

Delivery of solution to improve freight connectivity across the Great Dividing Range in order to connect inland areas with Sydney/Newcastle/Wollongong. 

Solution will resolve a long standing issue regarding access between Inland NSW and Coastal areas of the Greater Sydney conurbation. 

4, 6, 10

 

CENTRAL COAST – For Investigation 

 

Timing for initiative 

Region 

Initiative 

Initiative type
(policy and planning,
service,
infrastructure)

Summary description of initiative 

Benefit 

Customer Outcomes
 

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central Coast 

M1 Motorway improvements (Hawkesbury River - Mt White) 

Infrastructure 

Upgrading of the M1 Motorway between Hawkesbury River and Mount White to improve safety and facilitate the increase in speed restriction from 90km/hr to 110km/hr. 

The M1 Upgrades will benefit commuters, holiday traffic, heavy vehicles and public transport users by removing one of the last remaining safety constraints from the M1 Pacific Motorway, improving traffic flow for better and more reliable trips, making it easier to move freight and allowing for predicted increases in traffic. 

2, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central Coast 

Bus Headstart for Central Coast 

Service / Infrastructure 

Growth Centre Buses for the Central Coast. New routes implemented to support new homes as they are built. 

Supports 30 minute access by public transport to the nearest centre for customers living in areas not served by train lines, by prioritising buses on selected roads.  
Improves the efficiency and reliability of journeys by public transport by enabling buses to be better separated from other road users and improves the sustainability of our transport system by attracting more customers to using public transport. 

3, 4, 5, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central Coast 

Central Coast Rapid Bus package 

Service / Infrastructure 

Implementation of programs to prioritise access for buses over private vehicles in our Global Gateway and Satellite Cities. 

Improves the connectivity between key destinations and caters to changing demand in areas experiencing growth. Improves the sustainability of our transport system by attracting more customers to using public transport, reducing congestion on outer metro roads. 

3, 4, 5, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central Coast 

Central Coast Place Plans 

All 

Plan and deliver improved access to/from/within key precincts within the Central Coast by all modes 

Supports the growth of the Satellite City of Gosford and reinforce its importance as the strategic centre for the region.  

Place planning to implement Movement and Place framework in Regional NSW cities and centres – opportunity to improve the function of transport corridors to enhance the amenity of our centres. 

3, 4, 5

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central Coast, Hunter 

Sydney-Central Coast-Newcastle Faster Rail Improvement 

Infrastructure  

A program of operational, fleet and targeted fixed infrastructure improvements (for example, new deviations to eliminate curvatures and flatten grades). This would include a new rail crossing of the Hawkesbury River 

Improved rail travel times to provide a time and cost competitive freight corridor (when compared with road). 
Improved rail services and facilities to enable increased capacity. 
Connect and develop greater economic synergies between Sydney and the Satellite City of Gosford and the Global Gateway City of Greater Newcastle as well as Sydney, supporting the easing of housing affordability pressure. 

5, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra Shoalhaven  

Outer Metro Roads Program 

Policy and planning / Infrastructure 

Program to improve the local road network in Newcastle, Wollongong and Central Coast 

Reducing congestion in growing Global Gateway and Satellite cities, addressing pinch-points, improving place-based outcomes and connecting strategic centres. 

4, 5, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

Central Coast, Hunter 

M1 – Newcastle SMART Motorway 

Infrastructure 

The M1 Newcastle Smart Motorway project will introduce intelligent technology, known as a motorway management system. This includes variable speed limits, dynamic message signs and - where appropriate - ramp meters to meter traffic flows 

Supports the financial sustainability of the transport system by better using existing motorway infrastructure. 
Enables future forms of mobility, such as CAVs, to be available to customers by ensuring infrastructure is enabled to support this and improve the safety of road users through technology that improves the management of congestion and helps reduce the risk of incidents. 

2, 5, 7

10-20yrs for investigation 

North Coast, Hunter, Central Coast, South East and Tablelands and Riverina Murray 

Corridor Preservation for Higher Speed Connections 

Policy and planning 

Confirm and begin the preservation of a corridor, based on the corridor set out in the Australian Government’s High Speed Rail Study Phase 2, for a high speed rail link between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. 

Supports reduced journey times for travel across NSW and into other states/ACT. 
Results in improvements to economy due to minimising lost time spent travelling and supports increased accessibility for people in Regional NSW to access services and infrastructure within capital cities.  

2, 5

20+yrs visionary 

Central Coast, Hunter, North Coast, South East and Tablelands, Riverina-Murray  

Higher Speed Connections (east coast) 

Service / Infrastructure 

Deliver a high speed transport connection along the East Coast of NSW (traversing Greater Sydney) 

Provides future connectivity between Western Sydney and Central Coast, Newcastle and Canberra. Supports  cross-border connections and connects Sydney, Global Gateway Cities and Regional Cities and Centres. 

2, 5, 6, 10

20+yrs visionary 

Central Coast 

Outer Sydney Orbital - Stage 2 - Box Hill to Central Coast 

Infrastructure 

A future North – South orbital transport corridor around Sydney. The OSO transport corridor will have the ultimate potential to co-locate a future motorway, freight rail and where possible passenger rail. Ultimately connecting the Western City with the Central Coast. 

Supports the efficient and reliable movement of freight bypassing Greater Sydney with a single dedicated outer bypass. 
Provides additional capacity for road transport between Greater Sydney and the Central Coast and provides a strategic connection between the Western City and the Satellite City of Gosford.  

6, 10

ILLAWARRA SHOALHAVEN – For Investigation 

 

Timing for initiative 

Region 

Initiative 

Initiative type
(policy and planning,
service,
infrastructure)

Summary description of initiative 

Benefit 

Customer Outcomes
 

0-10yrs for investigation 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Princes Highway Nowra Bridge replacement 

Infrastructure 

A new bridge that will improve conditions on the Princes Highway over the Shoalhaven River at Nowra. As well as a new bridge, the project will look at improving congestion at the intersections at Illaroo Road, Bolong Road and Bridge Road / Pleasant Way. 

 Eliminates the maintenance difficulties with the old Nowra Bridge and supports easing the increasing congestion issues in peak times from local traffic. 
Removes the height and weight restrictions for trucks that cannot use the old Nowra Bridge and removes the high risk of damage and closure of the old Nowra Bridge from an impact by an over height vehicle.  
Accommodates increased demand and future traffic growth, supports the visitor economy and better connects Regional Cities and Centres. 

4, 5

0-10yrs for investigation 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Sydney-WollongongFasterRail Improvement 

Infrastructure 

A program of operational, fleet and targeted fixed infrastructure improvements (for example, new deviations to eliminate curvatures and flatten grades). This would include a new rail crossing through the Illawarra Escarpment 

 Improved rail travel times to provide a time and cost competitive freight corridor (when compared with road). 
Improved rail services and facilities to enable increased capacity. 
Connect and develop greater economic synergies between Sydney and the Satellite City of Wollongong and Sydney, supporting the easing of housing affordability pressure. 

5, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Picton Rd/Appin Rd Improvements 

Infrastructure 

Capacity improvements to Appin and Picton Road to support additional freight, public transport and private vehicle journeys. In collaboration with local council, upgrades to also focus on supporting liveability of centres that roads pass through, as well as safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate). 

Supports access to jobs and services in the Illawarra for the growing population in the South West of Greater Sydney, particularly in the Wingecarribee LGA. 
Supports the efficiency and reliability of freight and passenger journeys between the South West of Greater Sydney and the Illawarra by addressing capacity constraints on the corridor and improves the safety of customers using Appin and Picton road.  
Connects and develops greater economic synergies between Greater Sydney and the Satellite City of Wollongong. 

5, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Bus headstart for Wollongong 

Service / Infrastructure 

Growth Centre Buses. New routes implemented to support new homes as they are built. 

Public transport investment in Newcastle, Central Coast and Wollongong. 
Improves the sustainability of our transport system by attracting more customers to using public transport. 
Reduces congestion on outer metro road, improving connectivity between key destinations.  

Caters to changing customer demands in growing areas.  

4, 5, 9

0-10yrs for investigation 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

WollongongPlace Plans 

All 

Plan and deliver improved access to/from/within key precincts within Wollongong by all modes 

Supports the growth of the Satellite City of Wollongong and reinforce its importance as the strategic centre for the region. 
Place planning to implement Movement and Place framework in Regional NSW cities and centres – opportunity to improve the function of transport corridors to enhance the amenity of our centres. 

3, 4, 5

0-10yrs for investigation 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Wollongong Rapid Bus package 

Service / Infrastructure 

Implementation of programs to prioritise access for buses over private vehicles in our Global Gateway and Satellite Cities. 

Public transport investment in Newcastle, Central Coast and Wollongong. Supports 30 minute access by public transport to the nearest centre for customers living in areas not served by train lines, by prioritising buses on selected roads. 
Improves the efficiency and reliability of journeys by public transport by enabling buses to be better separated from other road users. 
Improve the sustainability of our transport system by attracting more customers to using public transport. 

3, 4, 5, 9

0-10yrs for investigation 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Bus priority measures on Appin Road 

Infrastructure 

Introduce bus priority measures along Appin Road 

Improves the sustainability of our transport system by attracting more customers to using public transport. Reduces congestion on outer metro roads and improves connectivity between key destinations. Caters to changing customer demands in growing areas. 

9

0-10yrs for investigation 

Illawarra Shoalhaven,  

South East and Tablelands 

Duplication of Princes Highway (Jervis Bay Road to Batemans Bay) 

Infrastructure 

Duplication of Princes Highway between Jervis Bay Road and Batemans Bay 

Decreases freight and passenger vehicle travel times. 

5, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

M1 Princes SMART Motorway 

Infrastructure 

The M1 Princes Smart Motorway project will introduce intelligent technology, known as a motorway management system. This includes variable speed limits, dynamic message signs and - where appropriate - ramp meters to meter traffic flows 

Supports the financial sustainability of the transport system by better using existing motorway infrastructure. 
Enables future forms of mobility, such as CAVs, to be available to customers by ensuring infrastructure is enabled to support this and improve the safety of road users through technology that improves the management of congestion and helps reduce the risk of incidents. 

2, 7, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Illawarra Hwy/Macquarie Pass improvements 

Infrastructure 

Improvement of the road crossing of the Illawarra Escarpment at Macquarie Pass, including safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate). 

Improves the safety, reliability and efficiency of the Illawarra Highway. 
Provides efficient and reliable road access to and from the Satellite City of Wollongong to the Global Gateway of Canberra and Regional Centre of Goulburn.  
Improves the productivity for road based freight movements to and from Port Kembla. 
Improves access to the South Coast to support the visitor economy. 

8, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Completion of Maldon to Dombarton railway line 

Infrastructure 

Complete the Maldon to Dombarton Railway, a 35-kilometre single-track rail line between the Main South Line at Maldon (in the Southern Highlands) and Dombarton (near Port Kembla), in the Illawarra region. 

Enables higher passenger train service frequencies on the T4 Illawarra Line by diverting rail freight movements between the Illawarra and Greater Sydney to the Maldon-Dombarton link.  
Improves the efficiency and reliability of rail freight movements between the Illawarra, Greater Sydney and regions to the north and west of Sydney with a dedicated, more direct freight rail link. 
Supports the potential future growth of container movements to and from Port Kembla by providing dedicated 24/7 freight rail access between the port and intermodal terminals in the west of Sydney. 
Improves connections to Satellite City of Wollongong. 
Improves connections between Satellite City of Wollongong and the Western City. 

5, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Electrification of intercity to Bomaderry/Nowra 

Infrastructure 

Extension of the electrified Intercity Rail network to Bomaderry from Kiama 

Provides a more convenient access point to the Intercity network within a Regional City (Nowra). 
Provides efficient and reliable rail access to the Satellite City for customers that live on the South Coast and supports an improvement in the sustainable movement of passengers through the extension of the electrification section of the rail network leading to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

10

10-20yrs for investigation 

Central Coast, Hunter, Illawarra Shoalhaven  

Outer Metro Roads Program 

Policy and planning / Infrastructure 

Program to improve the local road network in Newcastle, Wollongong and Central Coast 

Reducing congestion in growing Global Gateway and Satellite cities, addressing pinch-points, improving place-based outcomes and connecting strategic centres. 

4, 5, 10

20+yrs visionary 

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Outer Sydney Orbital - Stage 2 - M31 Hume to Illawarra 

Infrastructure 

A future North – South orbital transport corridor around Sydney. The OSO transport corridor will have the ultimate potential to co-locate a future motorway, freight rail and where possible passenger rail. Ultimately connecting the Western City with the Illawarra. 

Supports the efficient and reliable movement of freight bypassing Greater Sydney with a single dedicated outer bypass. 

Provides additional capacity for road transport between Greater Sydney and the Illawarra as demand on Appin and Picton road grows and provides a strategic connection between the Western City and the Satellite City of Wollongong. 

6, 10

20+yrs visionary  

Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Illawarra Escarpment long term solution 

Infrastructure 

Develop a long term high capacity road solution for the crossing of the Illawarra Escarpment  

Provides efficient and reliable road access to the Satellite City of Wollongong for customers that live on the South Coast. 
Improves the safety, reliability and efficiency of the road networks, improves the productivity for road based freight movements to and from Port Kembla and improve access to the South Coast to support the visitor economy. 

7, 8

NORTH COAST – For Investigation 

 

Timing for initiative

Region

Initiative

Initiative type
(policy and planning,
service,
infrastructure)

Summary description
of initiative

Benefit

Customer Outcomes
 

0-10yrs for investigation 

North Coast 

Oxley Highway Improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Oxley Highway between Tamworth and Port Macquarie. Improvements will focus on intersections and bridge approach barriers, flood immunity, improving road alignment and overtaking opportunities, as well as safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate). Will also investigate improvements for cyclist connectivity and better pedestrian facilities particularly through town centres as well as upgrades required to cater for growth in the Port Macquarie and Tamworth urban areas. Also includes ongoing maintenance to slope stability on the mountain between Walcha and Wauchope. 

The upgrades will help to facilitate movements on this key east-west corridor including improving road safety, travel times and reliability (including reducing the risk of road closures due to flooding or rock-falls) and freight access. The corridor is important for connecting the Regional Cities of Port Macquarie over the Great Dividing Range to Tamworth as well as connecting beyond to North Western NSW. The upgrades will support the user needs of regional industries (including agriculture, equine and mining), populations, and tourists assisting regional development, economic growth and community activity. 

 

5, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

North Coast,  

New England North West 

Waterfall Way corridor improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrading Waterfall Way between the Pacific Highway at Raleigh and the New England Highway at Armidale through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified clear zone and safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate). Planning for minor realignment between the Pacific Highway and Bellingen including accommodating for active transport users to promote safe connections.  

The upgrades will help to facilitate movements on this key east-west corridor including improving safety, capacity, reliability and freight access. The corridor is important for connecting the Regional Cities of Armidale and Coffs Harbour and the Regional Centre of Grafton. It is an important connection from inland NSW to the coast and is a major tourist drive travelling through numerous National Parks. The upgrades will support the user needs of regional industries, populations, and tourists enabling regional development, economic growth and community activity. 

5, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

North Coast 

Tweed Transport Network Plan (encompassing the potential for  light rail extension from Gold Coast Airport to Tweed Heads) 

All 

The development of a Tweed Transport Network Plan which will consider, amongst other initiatives, extension of the current Gold Coast Light rail project to Tweed Heads. This would connect northern NSW to the Gold Coast Airport enabling easier cross-border travel. The Network Plan will also identify appropriate cross border public transport network initiatives to alleviate current inconsistencies between the two state operating systems. 

The Plan will be informed by evidence based planning of cross-border transit network options, and will inform a program of on-road public transport improvements, influencing the allocation of road space to bus priority and/or longer-term heavy and/or light rail extensions. 

The Plan will consider capital investment options (including potential light rail extensions) and service improvements to better serve customers within Tweed, including cross-border transport services. 

3, 4, 5, 9

0-10yrs for investigation 

North Coast 

Bruxner Highway Improvements (Ballina-Casino) 

Infrastructure 

Improvements to the Bruxner Highway between  Ballina and Casino, through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate). Intersection improvements at high traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works.  

The improvements will also investigate options to improve capacity and safety for travellers between the coast and inland communities, particularly those accessing key services.  

Supports regional development, economies and community activity. 
Safely and sustainably manages a key east-west transport link and supports intra-regional freight and passenger movement. 
Improves connections between Regional centres and Regional cities as well as east-west connections. 

5, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

North Coast 

Upgrade of Bangalow Road between Bangalow and Lismore 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the corridor between Lismore and Bangalow through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works 

The upgrades will help to facilitate movements on this key east-west corridor including improving road safety, travel times and reliability (including reducing the risk of road closures due to flooding) and freight access. The corridor is important for connecting the Regional City of Lismore with the Pacific Motorway and further north to the Regional City of Tweed Heads and the Gold Coast. The upgrades will support the user needs of regional industries, populations, and tourists assisting regional development, economic growth and community activity. It will improve access to the major employment centre of Lismore as well as Southern Cross University. 

5, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

North Coast; New England North West 

Gwydir Highway Improvements (between Grafton and Glen Innes, Jackadgery) 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Gwydir Highway between Grafton and Glen Innes through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works. 

These initiatives will also seek to improve the route for freight productivity and access. 

The upgrades will help to facilitate movements on this key east-west corridor including improving road safety, travel times and reliability (including reducing the risk of road closures due to flooding) and freight access. The corridor is important for connecting the New England tablelands and western plains with the Regional Centre of Grafton and beyond to the Pacific Motorway on the coast. It provides an important east-west freight link across the Great Dividing Range and connects a series of interstate highways and important inter-regional corridors with inland Regional and Town Centres. The upgrades will provide safer journeys for all road users and support the development of road based freight connections to Inland Rail at Parkes. The upgrades will support the user needs of regional industries, populations, and tourists assisting regional development, economic growth and community activity and will reduce maintenance requirements in the future. 

7, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

North Coast 

Summerland Way Improvements (Grafton-QLD border) 

Infrastructure 

Upgrading of the Summerland Way which operates as a key freight link for the timber, cattle farming and meat manufacturing industries. Measures include  lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works 

The upgrades will help to facilitate movements on this key north-south corridor including improving road safety, travel times and reliability (including reducing the risk of road closures due to flooding) and freight connections. The corridor is important for connecting the Regional City of Lismore and the Regional Centre of Grafton and is an alternative to the Pacific Highway. 

The upgrades will support regional development, economies and community activity. They will safely and sustainably manage a key north to south freight and transport link and support cross-border freight and passenger movement into South East Queensland. 

5, 7, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

North Coast, Hunter, Central Coast, South East and Tablelands and Riverina Murray 

Corridor Preservation for Higher Speed Connections 

Policy and planning 

Confirm and begin the preservation of a corridor, based on the corridor set out in the Australian Government’s High Speed Rail Study Phase 2, for a high speed rail link between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. 

Supports reduced journey times for travel across NSW and into other states/ACT. 
Results in improvements to economy due to minimising lost time spent travelling and supports increased accessibility for people in Regional NSW to access services and infrastructure within capital cities.  

2, 5

10-20yrs for investigation 

North Coast 

North Coast cruise infrastructure development 

Infrastructure 

Provide transport access connections to position an international cruise destination in the North Coast.  

Supports the visitor economy of the North Coast, with a focus on adventure cruise ships. 

6

10-20yrs for investigation 

North Coast 

Bruxner Highway Improvements (Casino-Tenterfield) 

Infrastructure 

Improvements to the Bruxner Highway between  Tenterfieldand Casino, including safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate). 

The upgrades will help to facilitate movements on this east-west corridor including improving safety, capacity, reliability and freight access. The corridor is important for connecting the Regional Centre of Casino to the west and the north-south New England Highway. The upgrades will support the user needs of regional industries (particularly intra-regional freight and passenger movement), populations, and tourists enabling regional development, economic growth and community activity. They will safely and sustainably manage a key east to west freight and transport link. 

5, 7, 10

SOUTH EAST AND TABLELANDS – For Investigation 

 

Timing for initiative

Region

Initiative

Initiative type
(policy and planning,
service,
infrastructure)

Summary description
of initiative

Benefit

Customer Outcomes
 

0-10yrs for investigation 

South East and Tablelands 

Moss Vale to Unanderra and Coniston Junction rail improvements in collaboration with ARTC 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade to the Moss Vale to Unanderra Line in the Southern Highlands to address rail freight pinch points 

Improved rail travel times for freight, supporting the growth in rail freight and improving rail access to the Port Kembla. 
Relieve congestion on the Main South Line into Sydney. 

6, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

South East and Tablelands 

Sydney-Canberra Faster Rail Improvement 

Infrastructure 

A program of operational, fleet and targeted fixed infrastructure improvements (for example, new deviations to eliminate curvatures and flatten grades).  

Improved rail travel times, services and facilities to enable increased capacity. 
Connect and develop greater economic synergies between Sydney and the Global City of Canberra as well as improve cross-border connections. 

4, 5, 9

0-10yrs for investigation 

South East and Tablelands 

Kings Highway improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Kings Highway through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works. 

Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor. 
Deliver greater journey time savings and improve the connections between regional cities and centres and the Global Gateway City of Canberra 
Recognises Kings highway as an efficient and effective route to improve productivity and support the visitor economy in the region. 

5, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

South East and Tablelands 

Snowy Mountains Highway  improvements (including Brown Mountain) 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Snowy Mountains Highway from Cooma to Bega through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works. 

Deliver greater journey time savings and improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor. 
Improve the connections between Regional Centres and the Global Gateway City of Canberra and recognise the Snowy Mountains Highway as an efficient and effective route to improve productivity and support the visitor economy in the region 

Facilitate access to the Eden Cruise Facility. 

5, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

South East and Tablelands 

Monaro Highway  improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Monaro Highway from Canberra to Cooma through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works. 

Deliver greater journey time savings and improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor. 
Improve the connections between Regional Centres and the Global Gateway City of Canberra. 

Recognise the Monaro Highway as an efficient and effective route to improve productivity and support the visitor economy in the region and facilitate access to Eden Cruise Facility and Snowy Mountains resorts and towns. 

5, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

South East and Tablelands,Central West and Orana 

Lachlan Valley Way improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Lachlan Valley Way through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works. 

Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor and improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres. 
Recognise the role of Lachlan Valley Way as an efficient and effective freight route to improve productivity and support the agriculture industry in the region. 

5, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

South East and Tablelands 

Investigate extension of light rail from Canberra to Queanbeyan 

All 

Extension of the Canberra Light Rail network to Queanbeyan 

Supports identified urban renewal corridors and growth to the east of the City with a mode of transport that supports street activation. 
Enables future connectivity between strategic centres and Global City of Canberra. 
Integrates regional city public transport network and aims to reduce road congestion. 

3, 5, 9

0-10yrs for investigation 

Illawarra Shoalhaven,  

South East and Tablelands 

Duplication of Princes Highway (Jervis Bay Road to Batemans Bay) 

Infrastructure 

Duplication of Princes Highway between Jervis Bay Road and Batemans Bay 

Decreases freight and passenger vehicle travel times. 

5, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central West and Orana, Hunter, South East and Tablelands  

Great Dividing Range long term solution 

Policy and planning 

A strategic investigation to improve freight connectivity across the Great Dividing Range in order to connect inland areas with Sydney/Newcastle/Wollongong. 

Solution will resolve a long standing issue regarding access between Inland NSW and Coastal areas of the Greater Sydney conurbation. 

4, 6, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central West and Orana, Hunter, South East and Tablelands  

Great Dividing Range long term solution corridor preservation 

Policy and planning 

Corridor preservation to improve freight connectivity across the Great Dividing Range in order to connect inland areas with Sydney/Newcastle/Wollongong. 

Solution will resolve a long standing issue regarding access between Inland NSW and Coastal areas of the Greater Sydney conurbation. 

4, 6, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

South East and Tablelands 

M31 Hume SMART motorway 

Infrastructure 

The M31 Hume Smart Motorway project will introduce intelligent technology, known as a motorway management system. This includes variable speed limits, dynamic message signs and - where appropriate - ramp meters to meter traffic flows 

Supports the financial sustainability of the transport system by better using existing motorway infrastructure. 
Enables future forms of mobility, such as CAVs, to be available to customers by ensuring infrastructure is enabled to support this and improve the safety of road users through technology that improves the management of congestion and helps reduce the risk of incidents. 

2, 6, 7

10-20yrs for investigation 

South East and Tablelands 

Electrification of intercity to Goulburn 

Infrastructure 

Extension of the electrified Intercity Rail network to Goulburn from Macarthur 

Provides a more convenient access point to the Intercity network within a Regional Centre (Goulburn) and  efficient and reliable rail access to the Western City for customers that live in the Southern Tablelands and Southern Highlands. 
Supports an improvement in the sustainable movement of passengers through the extension of the electrification section of the rail network leading to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

10

10-20yrs for investigation 

South East and Tablelands 

Completion of Barton Highway duplication 

Infrastructure 

Duplication of the Barton Highway between Canberra and the Hume Motorway 

Decreases freight and passenger vehicle travel times and the potential for conflict between heavy vehicles, passenger vehicles and pedestrians in this built-up area. 
Improves the efficiency of the National Freight network. 

5

10-20yrs for investigation 

North Coast, Hunter, Central Coast, South East and Tablelands and Riverina Murray 

Corridor Preservation for Higher Speed Connections 

Policy and planning 

Confirm and begin the preservation of a corridor, based on the corridor set out in the Australian Government’s High Speed Rail Study Phase 2, for a high speed rail link between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. 

Supports reduced journey times for travel across NSW and into other states/ACT. 
Results in improvements to economy due to minimising lost time spent travelling and supports increased accessibility for people in Regional NSW to access services and infrastructure within capital cities.  

2, 5

20+yrs visionary 

South East and Tablelands 

Duplication of Princes Highway (Batemans Bay to Victoria) 

Infrastructure 

Duplication of Princes Highway south of Batemans Bay up to the Victorian border 

Decreases freight and passenger vehicle travel times. 

5, 10

20+yrs visionary 

Central Coast, Hunter, North Coast, South East and Tablelands, Riverina Murray  

Higher Speed Connections (east coast) 

Service / Infrastructure 

Deliver a high speed transport connection along the East Coast of NSW (traversing Greater Sydney) 

Provides future connectivity between Western Sydney and Central Coast, Newcastle and Canberra. Supports  cross-border connections and connects Sydney, Global Gateway Cities and Regional Cities and Centres. 

2, 5, 6, 10

20+yrs visionary 

Central West and Orana, Hunter, South East and Tablelands  

Delivery of Great Dividing Range long term solution  

 

Delivery of solution to improve freight connectivity across the Great Dividing Range in order to connect inland areas to Sydney/Newcastle/Wollongong. 

Solution will resolve a long standing issue regarding access between Inland NSW and Coastal areas of the Greater Sydney conurbation. 

4, 6, 10

RIVERINA MURRAY – For Investigation 

 

Timing for initiative 

Region 

Initiative 

Initiative type
(policy and planning,
service,
infrastructure)
 

Summary description of initiative 

Benefit 

Customer Outcomes
 

0-10yrs for investigation 

Riverina Murray, Far West 

Murray River Bridges Program 

Infrastructure 

The upgrading and replacement of key bridges across the Murray River to increase connectivity for communities and facilitate the movement of freight. 

Aims to improve safety, capacity, efficiency, reliability and freight access and improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres. 

Improve cross-border connections and access to employment and government services on either side of the cross-border region. 

8

0-10yrs for investigation 

Riverina Murray 

Sturt Highway improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Sturt Highway through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works. 

Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor, improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres, recognise the Sturt Highway as an efficient and effective freight route to improve productivity and support the agriculture industry in the region as well as improve east-west connections 

5, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Riverina Murray 

Main South Freight Rail Capacity Enhancements in collaboration with ARTC 

Infrastructure 

Main South rail duplication between Junee and Victorian Border and allow for double stacking of containers on Inland Rail alignment track. Bridge upgrades to increase height (7.1m from track) upgrades  

Increasing freight movements along the Inland rail alignment will start to strain the existing line from late 2020’s. 
Regional passenger services will require more frequent commuter services between key hubs like Wagga Wagga and Albury 

6, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Riverina Murray; Central West and Orana; New England North West 

Newell Highway Improvements (in addition to those committed) 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the remaining sections of the Newell Highway Corridor. This would include a series of measures including town bypasses, lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works. 

 Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor, deliver greater journey time savings, support the freight supply chains to and from the Inland Rail, improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres, develop the corridor to operate as an efficient and effective National freight route to improve productivity and support the agriculture industry and improve cross-border connections.  

6, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

South East and Tablelands; Riverina Murray 

Hume Highway Improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Hume Highway Corridor to improve safety and efficiency to cater for growing passenger demand, including implementation of safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning.  

Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor, improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres, develop the corridor to operate as an efficient and effective National freight route to improve productivity, improve cross-border connections, improve freight efficiency and improve interchanges 

5, 7

0-10yrs for investigation 

New England North West, Central West and Orana and Riverina Murray 

Inland Rail Intermodal Facility investigations 

Policy and planning 

Investigation of appropriate locations for the private development of intermodal facilities.  

Supports improved economic opportunities for freight customers.  

6

10-20yrs for investigation 

New England North West, Central West and Orana and Riverina Murray 

Bridge upgrades to allow double stacking on Inland Rail 

Infrastructure 

Upgrades to bridges along Inland Rail alignment to support double stacking.  

Supports improved economic opportunities for freight customers. 

6, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

North Coast, Hunter, Central Coast, South East and Tablelands and Riverina Murray 

Corridor Preservation for Higher Speed Connections 

Policy and planning 

Confirm and begin the preservation of a corridor, based on the corridor set out in the Australian Government’s High Speed Rail Study Phase 2, for a high speed rail link between Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. 

Supports reduced journey times for travel across NSW and into other states/ACT. 
Results in improvements to economy due to minimising lost time spent travelling and supports increased accessibility for people in Regional NSW to access services and infrastructure within capital cities.  

2, 5

20+yrs visionary 

Central Coast, Hunter, North Coast, South East and Tablelands, Riverina 

Murray  

Higher Speed Connections (east coast) 

Service / Infrastructure 

Deliver a high speed transport connection along the East Coast of NSW (traversing Greater Sydney) 

Provides future connectivity between Western Sydney and Central Coast, Newcastle and Canberra. Supports  cross-border connections and connects Sydney, Global Gateway Cities and Regional Cities and Centres. 

2, 5, 6, 10

NEW ENGLAND NORTH WEST – For Investigation 

 

Timing for initiative 

Region 

Initiative 

Initiative type
(policy and planning,
service,
infrastructure)
 

Summary description of initiative 

Benefit 

Customer Outcomes
 

0-10yrs for investigation 

New England North West 

New England Highway Improvements (Willow Tree to Armidale) 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the New England Highway between Willow Tree and Armidale through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works 

 Supports the user needs of regional industries, populations, commuters and tourists. 
Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the highway and acknowledges community value and use of areas in and around the corridor. 
Improves the connections between Regional Cities and Centres. 

3, 4, 5, 6, 7

0-10yrs for investigation 

New England North West 

New England Highway Improvements (Armidale to border) 

Infrastructure 

Upgrading of the New England Highway between Armidale and The Queensland border, including safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate). 

Supports the user needs of regional industries, populations, commuters and tourists. 
Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the highway and acknowledges community value and use of areas in and around the corridor. 
Improves the connections between Regional Cities and Centres. 
Supports cross-border movements of passengers and freight. 

5, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

North Coast; New England North West 

Gwydir Highway Improvements (between Grafton and Glen Innes, Jackadgery) 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Gwydir Highway between Grafton and Glen Innes through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works 

Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor and 
improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres.  

7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Riverina Murray; Central West and Orana; New England North West 

Newell Highway Improvements (in addition to those committed) 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the remaining sections of the Newell Highway Corridor. This would include a series of measures from as large as town bypasses, lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works. 

Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor, deliver greater journey time savings, support the freight supply chains to and from the Inland Rail and improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres. 
Develop the corridor to operate as an efficient and effective National freight route to improve productivity and support the agriculture industry and improve cross-border connections. 

6, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

New England North West 

Kamilaroi Highway Improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Kamilaroi Highway between Narrabri and Willow Tree through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works 

 Supports the user needs of regional industries, populations, and tourists and aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor; 
Acknowledges community value and use of areas in and around the corridor and aims to improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres. 

5, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

North Coast,  

New England North West 

Waterfall Way corridor improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrading Waterfall Way between the Pacific Highway at Raleigh and the New England Highway at Armidale through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified clear zone and safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate). Planning for minor realignment between the Pacific Highway and Bellingen including accommodating for active transport users to promote safe connections.  

The upgrades will help to facilitate movements on this key east-west corridor including improving safety, capacity, reliability and freight access. The corridor is important for connecting the Regional Cities of Armidale and Coffs Harbour and the Regional Centre of Grafton. It is an important connection from inland NSW to the coast and is a major tourist drive travelling through numerous National Parks. The upgrades will support the user needs of regional industries, populations, and tourists enabling regional development, economic growth and community activity. 

5, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

New England North West, Central West and Orana and  Riverina Murray  

Inland Rail Intermodal Facility investigations 

Policy and planning 

Investigation of appropriate locations for the private development of intermodal facilities. 

Supports improved economic opportunities for freight customers. 

6

10-20yrs for investigation 

New England North West 

Gwydir Highway Improvements (Inland) 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Gwydir Highway between Moree and Glen Innes through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, improving safety measures (including at level crossings), additional overtaking lanes and intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works 

Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor and 
improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres. 

5, 7, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

Hunter, 

New England North West 

Main Northern Line - improvements to address pinch points 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade to the Northern Line in the Upper Hunter to address rail freight pinch points 

Improved rail travel times for freight, reducing delays to passenger rail services. Support growth in rail freight and improve rail access to the Port of Newcastle.  

3, 9

10-20yrs for investigation 

New England North West, Central West and Orana and Riverina Murray 

Bridge upgrades to allow double stacking on Inland Rail 

Infrastructure 

Upgrades to bridges along Inland Rail alignment to support double stacking 

Supports improved economic opportunities for freight customers. 

 

CENTRAL WEST AND ORANA – For Investigation 

 

Timing for initiative 

Region 

Initiative 

Initiative type
(policy and planning,
service,
infrastructure)
 

Summary description
of initiative

Benefit 

Customer Outcomes
 

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central West and Orana 

Upgrades to Main West Line 

Infrastructure 

Upgraded rail infrastructure on the major railway between Parkes and the Blue Mountains within the Central West and Orana region for freight and passengers. 

 Leverage off the benefits of Inland Rail connections at Parkes to facilitate improved East-West freight movements. 
Allows the network to operate at greater capacity, including better signalling systems, track upgrades and station improvements to support communities in the Central West and Orana. 
Support freight (Inland Rail) and passenger growth 

6, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central West and Orana 

Mt Victoria to Orange road corridor improvements to achieve travel time savings and road safety outcomes 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade of the Great Western and Mitchell Highways between the western end of the Blue Mountains at Mount Victoria, to better connect and support the regional cities and centres of Lithgow, Bathurst and Orange. Upgrade will include safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate). 

 Supports the user needs of regional industries, populations, commuters and tourists. 
Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the highway, and  deliver greater journey time savings. 
Acknowledges community value and use of areas in and around the corridor. 

 Improve east-west connections.  

5, 7

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central West and Orana 

Henry Parkes Way improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade Henry Parkes Way through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works 

Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor and improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres. 
Deliver greater journey time savings. 

5, 6, 7

0-10yrs for investigation 

Riverina Murray; Central West and Orana; New England North West 

Newell Highway Improvements (in addition to those committed) 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the remaining sections of the Newell Highway Corridor. This would include a series of measures from as large as town bypasses, lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works. 

Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor, deliver greater journey time savings and support the freight supply chains to and from the Inland Rail. 
Improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres and develop the corridor to operate as an efficient and effective National freight route to improve productivity and support the agriculture industry. 
Improve cross-border connections. 

6, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

South East and Tablelands, Central West and Orana 

Lachlan Valley Way improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Lachlan Valley Way through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works. 

Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor and improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres. 
Recognise the Lachlan Valley Way as an efficient and effective freight route to improve productivity and support the agriculture industry in the region and improve connections between Regional centres and Regional cities. 

5, 7, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Hunter. Central West and Orana 

Golden Highway improvements (continuation) 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Golden Highway through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works 

The route has been identified as an important connection between the Central West and Orana region and Greater Newcastle and the Port of Newcastle. 
There is also a State target to facilitate the movement of high productivity vehicles on the highway in the long term due to the constraints that make such a connection between the Central West and Sydney via the Great Western Highway less cost effective. 
Corridor improvements will deliver greater journey time savings and road safety outcomes.  

5, 6, 7

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central West and Orana 

Bells Line of Road improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Bells of Line of Road to improve east-west connections between Central West and Greater Sydney. 

Improvements would include land and shoulder widening with clear zone works. 

Supports improved access between the Central West and Orana with Greater Sydney for freight and passenger vehicles.  

5, 7

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central West and Orana 

Extending Bathurst commuter rail to Orange 

Service 

Supporting service changes to support day return travel between Orange and Greater Sydney. 

Supports increased connectivity between Central West and Orana with Greater Sydney. Supports improved safety outcomes, with less long distance private vehicle trips made.  

7, 9, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

New England North West, Central West and Orana, and Riverina Murray  

Inland Rail Intermodal Facility investigations 

Policy and planning 

Investigation of appropriate locations for the private development of intermodal facilities. 

Supports improved economic opportunities for freight customers. 

 

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central West and Orana, Hunter, South East and Tablelands  

Great Dividing Range long term solution 

Policy and planning 

A strategic investigation to improve freight connectivity acrossthe Great Dividing Range in order to connect inland areas to Sydney/Newcastle/Wollongong. 

Solution will resolve a long standing issue regarding access between InlandNSW and Coastal areas of the Greater Sydney conurbation. 

4, 6, 10

0-10yrs for investigation 

Central West and Orana, Hunter, South East and Tablelands  

Great Dividing Range long term solution corridor preservation 

Policy and planning 

Corridor preservation to improve freight connectivity acrossthe Great Dividing Range in order to connect inland areas to Sydney/Newcastle/Wollongong. 

Solution will resolve a long standing issue regarding access between InlandNSW and Coastal areas of the Greater Sydney conurbation. 

4, 6, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

Central West and Orana 

Castlereagh Highway Improvements (Mudgee-Lithgow) 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Castlereagh Highway through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works 

 Supports the user needs of regional industries, populations, and tourists and aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor. 

Improves the connections between Regional Cities and Centres. 

5, 7, 10

10-20yrs for investigation 

Central West and Orana 

Electrification of intercity to Bathurst 

Infrastructure 

Extension of the electrified Intercity Rail network to Bathurst from Lithgow 

Provide a more convenient access point to the Intercity network from a Regional City. 
Provides efficient and reliable rail access to the Western City and WSA for customers that live in the Central West and Orana and supports an improvement in the sustainable movement of passengers through the extension of the electrification section of the rail network leading to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. 

3, 5, 7

10-20yrs for investigation 

Central West and Orana, 

Hunter 

Dubbo to Newcastle rail connection 

Service / Infrastructure 

Develop existing coach connection between Dubbo and Newcastle into a passenger rail line 

Newcastle is the closest coastal city to Dubbo. There is growing passenger demand on this corridor which if developed can help alleviate congestion on the Main West line to Sydney. 

5,10

10-20yrs for investigation 

New England North West, Central West and Orana and Riverina Murray 

Bridge upgrades to allow double stacking on Inland Rail 

Infrastructure 

Upgrades to bridges along Inland Rail alignment to support double stacking 

Supports improved economic opportunities for freight customers. 

6

10-20yrs for investigation 

Far West, Central West and Orana 

Mitchell Highway improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Mitchell Highway through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works 

 Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor and improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres. 
Recognises the Mitchell Highway as an efficient and effective freight route to improve productivity and support the agriculture industry in the region. 

5, 7, 10

20+yrs visionary 

Central West and Orana, Hunter, South East and Tablelands  

Delivery of Great Dividing Range long term solution  

Infrastructure 

Delivery of solution to improve freight connectivity acrossthe Great Dividing Range in order to connect inland areas to Sydney/Wollongong/Newcastle. 

Solution will resolve a long standing issue regarding access between InlandNSW and Coastal areas of the Greater Sydney conurbation. 

4, 6, 10

FAR WEST – For Investigation 

 

Timing for initiative

Region

Initiative

Initiative type
(policy and planning,
service,
infrastructure)

Summary description
of initiative

Benefit

Customer Outcomes
 

0-10yrs for investigation 

Far West 

Barrier Highway improvements (Dubbo-Broken Hill) 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Barrier Highway through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works 

 Supports the user needs of regional industries, populations, commuters and tourists and aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the highway. 
Improves the connections between Regional Cities and Centres. 

7, 8

0-10yrs for investigation 

Far West 

Silver City Highway sealing missing links 

Infrastructure 

Sealing of the remaining sections of the Silver City Highway 

Supports the user needs of regional industries, populations, and tourists and aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor. 
Increases resilience in Regional NSW. 

7, 8

0-10yrs for investigation 

Far West 

Cobb Highway sealing missing links 

Infrastructure 

Sealing of the remaining sections of the Cobb Highway 

Supports the user needs of regional industries, populations, and tourists and aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor. 
Increases resilience in Regional NSW. 

7, 8

0-10yrs for investigation 

Far West 

The Wool Track sealing (Balranald - Ivanhoe -Cobar) 

Infrastructure 

The Wool Track is 240 km long and is the shortest route between South Australia and Queensland via Balranald, Ivanhoe and Cobar and is currently unsealed. 

 Supports the user needs of regional industries, populations, and tourists and aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor. 

7, 8

0-10yrs for investigation 

Far West 

Kidman Way improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Kidman Way through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works 

 Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor, deliver greater journey time savings, improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres and creates a connection to Griffith from the National Freight Network.  

7, 8

0-10yrs for investigation 

Riverina Murray, Far West 

Murray River Bridges Program 

Infrastructure 

The upgrading and replacement of key bridges across the Murray River to increase connectivity for communities and facilitate the movement of freight. 

Aims to improve safety, capacity, efficiency, reliability and freight access and improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres. 

Improve cross-border connections and access to employment and government services on either side of the cross-border region. 

8

10-20yrs for investigation 

Far West, Central West and Orana 

Mitchell Highway improvements 

Infrastructure 

Upgrade the Mitchell Highway through a series of measures such as lane and seal widening with clear zone works, safety measures identified from Safe System design principles for corridor planning (including ATLM, wide centreline, median barriers and 2+1 treatment where appropriate), intersection improvements at highly traffic locations, flood immunity works and asset maintenance works 

Aims to improve safety, capacity, reliability and freight access along the corridor, improve the connections between Regional Cities and Centres and recognise the Mitchell Highway as an efficient and effective freight route to improve productivity and support the agriculture industry in the region. 
 

5, 7, 10