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Sustainability

Sustainability

Vision: The transport system is economically, environmentally and socially sustainable, operationally resilient, affordable for customers and supports emissions reductions.

Moving to an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable transport system is essential to tackle climate change, create liveable places and a productive economy, reduce congestion, and support the better health and wellbeing of our communities.  

Taking a whole-of-life approach requires consideration of future needs, challenges and opportunities, and integrating design, planning, financing and governance decisions. 

The implementation of a new cross-cluster delivery approach that shares operational and capital costs equitably across users, taxpayers, investors and other beneficiaries, will support ongoing financial sustainability. By 2056, a transport network of public and private assets will enable NSW to maintain its competitiveness in a global low-carbon economy.

Investment in infrastructure will aim to provide jobs, skills development, or improvements in the local economy across a project’s lifecycle and build resilience into the network against threats, such as bushfires. To deliver fairness in the distribution of impacts and opportunities, we will improve our understanding of the social effects of transport infrastructure projects, and the values and heritage of the communities we work in.

Sustainable transport needs to be lean, clean and green. This means reducing overall transport demand through integrated land use planning, lowering vehicle emissions by using more sustainable transport and investing in more sustainable fleet (such as the new electric diesel bi-modal regional rail fleet), and transitioning to low-carbon fuels or electricity that is sustainability generated. 

Taking this whole-of-life approach to assess economic, environmental and social impacts also requires us to consider future needs, challenges and opportunities, and to integrate flexible solutions into the design, planning, financing and governance decisions we make now, in the context of future decision making, risks and uncertainty.

New technologies will also help us get the most out of our existing assets, solving network issues without significant capital investment. For example, smart motorways will better manage traffic flows and congestion, potentially reducing the need for extra road space, while digital twins (virtual replicas of the physical world) can help save costs through predictive maintenance and identification of network problems.

Explore Our Strategies and Plans

Six principles for Future Transport

The Future Transport 2056 Strategy is focused on six key principles for the future of mobility in the state, which together aim to positively impact the economy, communities and environment of NSW.

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