An integrated rail plan for Sydney: improving the passenger journey

Rail is a major contributor to the public transport task for Sydney, but to remain relevant and effective it must be part of an integrated transport plan. The newly formed Transport NSW brings the management of all public transport under the one organisation and provides the structure for management of NSW’s transport task. It also changes the way in which transport initiatives will be developed and delivered. The public transport task for Sydney is linked to its growth of about 40% over the next 30 years. At least 70% of this will be within existing suburbs and 30% being new housing developments. The historic growth of the rail and tram network in Sydney is briefly explored in this paper, touching on the contributions of engineers Whitton, Deane and Bradfield. Transport NSW, through its operating entities, is developing an integrated transport plan for Sydney. A key part of this will be the Long Term Rail Plan, combining the contributions of heavy rail, light rail and metro rail. The focus of the plan is to deliver valuable outcomes for passengers. The strategic intent of recent and current major rail works are explained in the paper, with reference to the new Western Express program, which is a key program within the Long Term Rail Plan. Future options to address platform crowding issues within the CBD are also explained. Transport NSW provides both the opportunity and the imperative to provide an integrated transport plan for Sydney. Rail, including heavy, light and metro, will be a major part of meeting and improving the passenger journey in Sydney for the foreseeable future.

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  • Pagination: 10p.
  • Monograph Title: Rejuvenation and renaissance: CORE 2010: conference on railway engineering, 12-15 September 2010, Wellington, New Zealand

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  • Accession Number: 01517059
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:06PM