IPA backs overhaul of NSW transport bureaucracy

Industry body backs government plan to overhaul the NSW transport bureaucracy

July 18, 2011

The radical overhaul of the NSW transport agencies offers a new structure which will help deliver integrated transport planning, according to Infrastructure Partnerships Australia (IPA).

IPA CEO Brendan Lyon says the creation of Transport for NSW, which will take on the roles of NSW Maritime, the Transport Construction Authority and the Country Rail Infrastructure Authority, is the biggest overhaul of transport agencies in the state’s history.

The NSW Government is also abolishing the Roads and Traffic Authority and replacing it with Roads and Maritime Services.

"The creation of Transport for NSW provides a new architecture that will integrate planning across modes and agencies to deliver a single, state-wide transport plan," Lyon says.

"There is a strong expectation by the public and business community that the NSW Government will take the meaningful steps to solve Sydney’s chronic congestion, deliver better public transport and ensure efficient freight movements."

The government says policy and planning experts from all transport agencies will work together in the one location once Transport for NSW is created, cutting duplication and ending a silo approach to transport in the state.

Lyon believes the new structure will allow for timetabling between buses, ferries and rail to be done together, ensuring that public transport services are properly interconnected.

"Bringing planning into Transport for NSW will also remove the incentive to plan for individual road or rail projects in isolation, allowing for a dispassionate assessment of the best mode along different corridors, be it road, bus way, or metro or heavy rail," he says.

"Bringing the procurement of transport infrastructure into the new central transport agency also makes sense and will allow the lessons learned in delivering a road, rail line or train carriages to be shared across all types of future projects."

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