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Transport plan long on hope, light on detail


November 10, 2018 by admin

Four new motorways Second harbour rail crossingLong Term Transport Plan

Four new motorways through Sydney and a second rail crossing for Sydney Harbour are the centrepiece projects in the O’Farrell government’s draft transport master plan, released this morning.

But the plan does not specify starting times for any of the projects, some of which have been mooted for decades, and fails to detail how they will be paid for.

The Premier, Barry O’Farrell, the Transport Minister, Gladys Berejiklian, and the Roads Minister, Duncan Gay, will discuss the draft transport master plan at a press conference after midday, which will be streamed live on smh苏州美甲学校.au.

The draft plan, already available at this website, precedes a final transport masterplan to be released in November. 

But the draft, which runs to 370 pages and has been in development for more than a year, offers little detail on when desperately needed projects will start and how they will be built and paid for.

It breaks initiatives into short term (up to five years), medium term (five-10 years) and longer term (10-20 years).

The four motorway projects it endorses are the M5 East freeway expansion, the M4 extension featuring a tunnel under the inner west, the F6 to the Sutherland Shire, and the F3 to M2 link in northern Sydney.

A second harbour rail crossing would be a “long-term” initiative.

It would follow the completion of the North West Rail Link to Rouse Hill.

The plan also discusses light rail through Sydney’s CBD and into the eastern Suburbs, but does not commit to it.

And as for how projects will be funded, the plan advocates “efficient public sector operating models”, “smarter project procurement”, “consideration of the benefits of more efficient road user charges” for trucks and motorway users, unspecified “value capture” from major transport investments, and “identifying future funding opportunities by working with NSW Treasury.”

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