The New South Wales government has unveiled a new Future transport strategy, promising safer and more efficient travel for commuters, including a vision for “cities 30 minutes away” and “neighbourhoods 15 minutes away”.
The vision will enable intercity travel times of less than 30 minutes and inter-neighborhood times of up to 15 minutes, connecting commuters to workplaces, healthcare and businesses with the aim of reducing socio-economic barriers.
New South Wales Premier Dominic Perrottet said the strategy is a plan to continuously evolve the state’s transport system to serve commuters and the changing needs of communities.
“This strategy defines a new vision for transportation in our growing and changing state,” Perrottet said.
“It’s about making sure our transport network is fit for the future and gives people more choice, shorter wait times and faster journeys.
“We are now laying the foundations for our future transport network so that we can continue to build a better future for the people of NSW.
“We all have busy lives and this is a vision to make it easier and more convenient for people to get around the state, whether it’s within a city or across the regions.”
New South Wales Minister for Infrastructure, Cities and Active Transport, Rob Stokes, said the Future transport strategy will shape future government planning, investments, delivery and operations.
“Stations shouldn’t be just for trains, roads shouldn’t be just for cars, they’re places for people and our entire transport network should adapt to the diverse and changing needs of our citizens” , said Mr. Stokes.
“We understand that people lead busy lives, which is why we are testing convenient one-stop-shops for all your services in transport hubs by leveraging developments in data and technology.
“The pandemic has seen demand for walking and cycling infrastructure soar, and outdoor spaces valued more than ever. Our 15 Minute Neighborhoods vision will also improve health and well-being outcomes and ensure the development of local communities.