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NSW shares 40-year transport vision

  • Posted on Thursday 5th, April 2018.

Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey, has released the Future Transport Strategy in regional New South Wales, outlining the State’s ongoing commitment to long-term growth and connectivity between regional communities and industry.

Pavey said months of community and industry consultation has ensured that the strategy’s priorities reflect those of regional New South Wales.

“This strategy will guide the transport infrastructure pipeline over the next 40 years, ensuring our beautiful regional communities are connected to regional centres and can thrive well into the future,” said Pavey.

“The strategy outlines 227 projects across regional New South Wales over the next 40 years, showing this Government’s ongoing commitment to our regional communities.”

Future Transport 2056 builds on the current record investments in regional infrastructure, with over 2,000 kilometres of new or upgraded roads delivered since 2011. These include:

• $500 million to upgrade the Newell Highway
• $580 million for the Berry Bypass
• $104 million to upgrade the Great Western Highway at Kelso
• $500 million Fixing Country Roads
• $400 million Fixing Country Rail

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Andrew Constance, said Future Transport 2056 is a step change in transport planning for regional New South Wales.

“In a major shift, this plan focuses on connections between regional cities and centres rather than on Sydney,” said Constance.

“To cater for increasing populations and freight movements, we are looking at the state as a whole transport network, rather than planning in isolation,” he said.

Regional New South Wales is expected to grow by 700,000 people and freight movements are predicted to see a 25 per cent increase across the state by 2056.

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