Future transport projects needed to underpin Sydney’s growth patterns are the cornerstone of the NSW Government’s draft transport masterplan.
The Property Council of Australia’s NSW Executive Director Glenn Byres said the document’s release was a sound step in aligning land use and transport planning.
“We need to better anticipate future employment and housing growth – and sustain it with robust transport networks,” Mr Byres said.
“The task is to chart population and economic ‘hot spots’ that are emerging across Sydney and forecast the network links and corridors required over the next 20 years.
“We hope to see these patterns and predictions duplicated in the Metropolitan Plan to be released later this year, as they should serve as companion documents.
“The plan recognises the crucial role of Sydney’s CBD as a global city and promotes solutions that can foster its status as our economic jewel in the crown.
“But it also reaches across the broader metropolitan city and offers linkages between economic hubs, centres and emerging new communities.
“Importantly, corridor protection can now be executed as we have a clear understanding of future aspirations.
“The plan gives us the ingredients.
“The next step is to provide the recipe – which means clear prioritisation, timelines and further financing solutions hardwired into more specific modal plans.
“The work of Infrastructure NSW should help inform these choices.
“Everyone recognises financing remains the greatest challenge – and asset sales, road pricing models and other difficult choices will need to be part of the mix.”
Media contact: Glenn Byres, NSW Executive Director, 0419 695 435.