Future Transport 2056 is a ground-breaking new transport vision for NSW.
Developed by Transport for NSW, it focuses on the decisions we need to make now, to help us prepare for the big changes across the state over the next 40 years.
Future Transport 2056 is a suite of plans
Future Transport 2056 is made up of the Draft Future Transport Strategy, the Draft Regional NSW Services and Infrastructure Plan and the Draft Greater Sydney Services and Infrastructure Plan.
Consultation is now closed on the draft plans and your reactions, comments and new ideas are being used to create the final strategy, coming early 2018.
Some supporting plans remain open for feedback including:
Building on the achievements of the 2012 Transport Master Plan
Future Transport 2056 draft strategy builds on the achievements of the 2012 NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan, which has guided unprecedented service and infrastructure investments. What’s already been delivered, what’s in progress and what is planned in future can be seen in our interactive Transport Projects Map.
Future Transport 2056 is a ‘living’ strategy for our age
Future Transport 2056 moves away from a static, printed document rewritten every five years to an online document regularly updated to adapt to the rapidly changing landscape, and insights gained from community and industry consultation.
Regional NSW is home to 3.1 million people, 40% of the state’s population. By 2056 it will be 3.6 million. By 2056 Regional NSW will have 19 Regional Cities and 27 Regional Centres, identified in consultation with the
Department of Planning and Environment. Each region of NSW typically supports 1-2 cities and a similar number of centres.
Introducing our new model for regional connections
Regional Cities will play larger roles in service provision for their surrounding communities with transport that focuses on Regional Cities, rather than just focusing on Sydney.
Regional Cities and Centres will increase their role as hubs for employment and services such as retail, health, education and cultural activities. The model will also acknowledge the importance of national and state significant transport links that pass through regions.
The ‘hub and spoke’ vision for NSW, prioritising connections from towns and centres to their closest regional city.
Improving cross border connections
Some Regional Cities are closer to other states and capital cities like Tweed Heads, Queanbeyan, Albury and other communities along the Murray River and Broken Hill in the Far West will have stronger links to capital and Regional Cities in other states.
Developing our Global Gateways
Newcastle, Greater Sydney and Canberra will evolve to develop greater global connections with the Asia/Pacific region through their nationally significant infrastructure.
Bringing Satellite Cities closer
Gosford and Wollongong will evolve to strengthen critical linkages to jobs and services within Greater Sydney, with improved road and rail connections.
Gosford will provide the services and facilities required to support the Central Coast with Wyong/Tuggerah/Morisset a transition point between Greater Sydney and Greater Newcastle.
Wollongong will support Illawarra, Shellharbour and Shoalhaven.
For more, see the full Draft Regional NSW Services and Infrastructure Plan, a supporting plan of the Draft Future Transport 2056 Strategy.
Sydney will grow as a global metropolis, with benefits distributed more evenly across the city, driven by major placemaking investment around the new Western Sydney Airport. New technology and innovation will make the network far more responsive to demand, and better able to manage congestion.
The vision for Greater Sydney as a metropolis of multiple cities will guide many of the planning and investment outcomes for the city.
Vision for Greater Sydney a ‘30 minute city’ where people across the city can access their nearest city centre in 30 minutes by public transport.
The cities include the Easter Harbour City with the established Harbour CBD and economic corridors, the Central River City anchored by Greater Parramatta and the and the Olympic Peninsula (GPOP), and the emerging Western Parkland City focussed around the Metropolitan City Cluster of Western Sydney Airport-Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis, Greater Penrith, Liverpool and Campbelltown-Macarthur.
The 30 minute city
The vision for Greater Sydney is one where people can conveniently access jobs and services. This means people can reach their nearest Metropolitan and Strategic Centres within 30 minutes 7 days a week. Crucial to this is improved public transport to ensure people can move efficiently around the city.
Transport connections for moving people and goods
Our plan for Greater Sydney creates a cross-city network that guides the type, size and frequency of transport needed as the city grows. Our proposed transport aligns with Greater Sydney Commission’s vision. There are five tiers of network solutions that work together across the city. They are:
- Regional networks – connecting regional areas with Greater Sydney
- Cross-city trunk networks – connecting the Eastern Harbour City, Central River City and Western Parkland City, and particularly the Metropolitan City Centre or Cluster within them
- Centre-centre trunk corridors – connecting Metropolitan and Strategic Centres
- CBD mass transit corridors – connecting Metropolitan City Centres and areas within ~10km of them.
- Local connections – that connect centres with surrounding residential areas outside of the ~10km radii of Metropolitan City Centres.
For more, see the full Draft Greater Sydney Services and Infrastructure Plan, a supporting plan of the Draft Future Transport 2056 Strategy.