Customer focused, technology driven services are the future of the NSW transport system in regional NSW, with a 40-year blueprint unveiled this week.

Ms Cooke today announced the Future Transport Strategy in regional NSW, designed to outline the State’s ongoing commitment to long-term growth and connectivity between regional communities and industry.

She said months of community and industry consultation has ensured that the strategy’s priorities reflects those of regional NSW.

“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,” Ms Cooke said.

“The strategy outlines 227 projects across regional NSW over the next four decades, showing this Government’s ongoing commitment to our regional communities.”

Future Transport 2056 builds on the current record investments in regional infrastructure by the Liberals and Nationals, with more than 2000 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 Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said Future Transport 2056 is a step change in transport planning for regional NSW.

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

“Regional NSW 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,”

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

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