Service and Infrastructure Initiatives for Regional NSW

This section summarises the policy, service and infrastructure initiatives to support the customer outcomes, and includes initiatives that the NSW Government has committed for delivery in the next 10 years. There are also initiatives identified for investigation in the next 10 and 20 years and visionary initiatives beyond 20 years that will be subject to strategic business cases.

Initiatives to support the customer outcomes

We will investigate a range of initiatives to support the customer outcomes extending across the 40 year timeframe of Future Transport, including both policy and service improvements as well as infrastructure improvements. These include initiatives that the NSW Government has committed to (over the next 10 years), initiatives for investigation for potential commitment or implementation in the 0-10 year and 10-20 year timeframes and visionary initiatives that may be investigated within the next 10 years but on preliminary evidence are likely to require implementation in the 20+ year timeframe. Further investigation of all initiatives will be undertaken within the next 10 years to ensure any major impacts in growth patterns or use are considered.

A flexible, agile investment approach

A strategic investment prioritisation evaluation was undertaken for each proposed initiative, considering:

  • How initiatives would serve customer needs and place-based visions over 40 years
  • Multimodal corridor planning and the evolution of places, applying Movement and Place planning principles
  • How well initiatives would meet future customer needs, against a range of likely scenarios, including technological and other disruptive events
  • Benefits, alignment to the strategic objectives of the Regional Plans, and their ability to deliver on service outcomes
  • The (high level) timeframe for project need, linked to interdependencies with other initiatives.

This process highlighted that there is far less data available to understand current and expected future regional travel patterns, compared to that available in Sydney, the Hunter and Illawarra. Future Transport will commit to rectifying this evidence-gap and identifying new data sources.

Our investment approach is designed to be flexible, responding to change and uncertainty. The draft timeframes are indicative, based on preliminary evidence, of when potentially these initiatives may be need to be implemented or committed.

Further investigation of all initiatives will be undertaken within the next 10 years to ensure any major impacts in growth patterns or use are considered.

Categorisation of initiatives

Committed initiatives (0-10yrs)

Initiatives that either have committed funding, are committed/ contractually committed, are for immediate detailed planning, or are part of key maintenance, renewal or safety programs. Some initiatives are subject to final business case and funding.

Initiatives for investigation (0-10, 10-20yrs)

Initiatives intended to be investigated for potential commitment or implementation within the next 20 years. Those listed in 0-10 horizon will be prioritised for more detailed investigation to determine if they are required in the next 20 years.

Visionary initiatives (20+ years)

Longer term initiatives that may be investigated within the next 10 years, but are unlikely to require implementation within 20 years.

Statewide Policy and Planning Initiatives

Statewide Service Initiatives

Statewide Infrastructure Initiatives

Initiatives connecting the Regions to Greater Sydney

People travel between Sydney, Gosford, Newcastle and Wollongong for work, business, tourism, health and education. By 2056 they will be home to a combined population of approximately 10 million people. The metropolitan areas of these regions also accommodate significant trade gateways which service freight across the State. Enhancing the transport connections between these cities will enable greater economic opportunities created by a combined population of 10 million people.

Connecting Greater Sydney and the Central Coast

Gosford has been identified as a Satellite city of Greater Sydney reflecting its status as the key city of the Central Coast region. Strong population growth in the Central Coast over the next 40 years will see the region’s relationship with Greater Sydney grow. This is reflected in the increased travel demand by both private vehicle and public transport expected between Greater Sydney and Central Coast each day.

Initiatives for investigation to better connect these regions include:

  • New Intercity Fleet
  • Delivering the Hub and Spoke model
  • Delivering the Regional Rail Fleet Project
  • Faster rail improvements between Sydney and Newcastle
  • Freight Separation Program (Northern Sydney Freight Corridor)
  • Outer Sydney Orbital
  • Delivery of the NorthConnex link between the M1 and M2
  • M1 Smart Motorway

Connecting Greater Sydney and the Illawarra

Wollongong has been identified as a Satellite city of Greater Sydney due to its proximity and improved road and rail initiatives. Improvements are identified to connect the region to the three cities of Sydney:

  • New Intercity Fleet replacement program
  • Faster Rail improvements between Sydney and Wollongong
  • More Trains, More Services Program between Sutherland and Hurstville to separate suburban passenger services from and intercity services and freight rail movements
  • High frequency limited stop transport services between Campbelltown and the Illawarra
  • Lower frequency transport services from the Wollondilly Shire to the Illawarra via the southern road corridors and the Outer Sydney Orbital (southern link)
  • Investigation of the completion of the Maldon-Dombarton rail link between south western Sydney and the Illawarra
  • Delivering the Hub and Spoke model
  • Delivering the Regional Rail Fleet Project
  • Increased capacity on the Southern Sydney Freight Line
  • Enhance links on Appin Road between the growth areas of West Appin, Menangle Park and Mt Gilead to Wollongong and investigation of the use of bus priority measures along the corridor
  • The Outer Sydney Orbital will also connect the Illawarra to Campbelltown
  • M1 Princes Motorway improvements
  • Princes Highway upgrade to 4 lanes and town bypasses
  • M1 Princes Smart Motorway

Connecting Greater Sydney and the Southern Highlands

The Southern Highlands will mark a transition point between the Greater Sydney and Canberra catchments. The Southern Highlands will have a more dominant access to Sydney, particularly connecting to the Western City and Western Sydney Airport.

The M31 Hume Highway and the Main South freight and passenger rail line provide the regional road and rail corridor that connects the Western and Central City to the Southern Highlands and Canberra.

  • New Intercity Fleet
  • Delivering the Hub and Spoke model
  • Delivering the Regional Rail Fleet Project
  • Electrification of the intercity network to Goulburn
  • Investigation of passenger rail link to Wilton
  • Faster Rail improvements between Sydney and Canberra
  • Increasing capacity on the Southern Sydney Freight Line
  • Enhancing the road corridor
  • M31 Hume Motorway/Highway improvements
  • M31 Smart Motorway

Connecting Greater Sydney and the Blue Mountains

The Great Western Highway and the Main Western Rail Line over the Blue Mountains connect the Western Parkland City and Western Sydney Airport to the Central West and Orana Region. This corridor provides freight connections to Port Botany, Port Kembla and Newcastle port, and will provide access to the new Western Sydney Airport and the Western Parkland City. The Bells Line of Road connects the region to the Western and Central Cities and offers alternative freight connections to Greater Sydney.

  • More Trains, More Services Program between Penrith and St Marys to separate inner urban passenger services from intercity services and freight rail movements
  • New Intercity Fleet and Regional Rail Fleet Project
  • Ongoing improvements to Main Western Line
  • Potential electrification of the intercity network to Bathurst
  • Further investigation into re-opening of the ‘Cowra Lines’, which includes the Blayney to Demondrille line
  • Ongoing improvements to assets (Bells Line of Road, Great Western Highway, Golden Highway)
  • Inland NSW connections - Strategic examination of options to improve connectivity for freight from inland NSW to Sydney, Newcastle and/or Wollongong. It will consider existing roads such as Great Western Highway, Bells Line of Road, Golden Highway, Lachlan Valley Way, Castlereagh Highway and Mid-Western Highway, as well as rail corridors Main Western, Dubbo-Newcastle, Cowra lines (including Blayney-Demondrille), Gulgong to Maryvale.