Improving access to local jobs and services
The District’s strategic and local centres provide a range of local jobs and services that support the growing population. Encouraging the growth of strategic and local centres will reduce the need for people to travel long distances to access jobs and local services.
Access to strategic centres and interchanges will be supported by city-serving and centre-serving transport and an improved road network.
Key elements of the road and city serving and centre-serving transport network which are committed or to be investigated in the next 20 years include:
- Sydney Metro West (committed subject to final business case and funding) and Sydney Metro City & Southwest (under construction), increasing the frequency, speed and reliability of services between the Harbour CBD and Greater Parramatta, as well as for residents from the southern areas of Greater Sydney
- CBD and South East Light Rail extension to Maroubra Junction to support urban renewal and growth to the south of Kingsford
- Harbour CBD to Green Square mass transit link to help the liveability and vibrancy of the centres along the Botany Road corridor by improving the attractiveness of public transport along the corridor
- Circular Quay renewal to revitalise ferry wharves and the transport interchange which will also stimulate the day and night-time economy
- investigation into train improvements on the T1 Western/Northern rail line, T4 Eastern Suburbs/Illawarra line and the T8 Airport and South Line
- Parramatta Road and Victoria Road transport improvements (committed) to support the provision of frequent, reliable and efficient city-serving transport for the Greater Parramatta to Harbour CBD corridor which will integrate with, and complement, other committed and proposed initiatives within the corridor including WestConnex, Parramatta Light Rail and Sydney Metro West
- light rail to The Bays Precinct to support urban renewal and to alleviate potential long-term capacity constraints on the Inner West Light Rail by spreading inbound demand from the west of Lilyfield via two branches
- centre-serving transport links:
- Green Square to La Perouse rapid bus link
- Eastern Suburbs to Inner West rapid bus links
- improvements to complement CBD and South East Light Rail
Safeguarding the next phase of growth
Where possible, the proactive and early reservation of corridors to protect longer term linear infrastructure opportunities should be undertaken to provide greater clarity and certainty for landowners, communities and businesses. In assessing potential infrastructure corridors, economic, social and environmental outcomes need to be considered. The early preservation of corridors also reduces the potential for conflict in the future.
The NSW Government is planning for long-term transport needs of Greater Sydney by identifying and protecting corridors of land that can be used to deliver transport and infrastructure in the future when it is needed. Acting early, engaging the community, and having an open and transparent process allows certainty for the community and all levels of government when making land use decisions or purchasing land.
Improving walking and cycling
Walking is a fundamental part of the transport system and most journeys start and end with walking. On a typical weekday in the Eastern City District, people make about 2.9 million trips that are shorter than five kilometres and approximately 1.3 million (47 per cent) of these are walking trips. Pleasant and safe environments for walking and cycling contribute to great places where people and businesses choose to locate and invest. Direct, safe and accessible routes to local destinations and services should be prioritised within a 10-minute walk of centres.
The District has the lowest car use for journeys to work and the highest proportion of walking and cycling to and from work across the region. Around one in 10 people walk to work19. A third of all trips, including for recreation and shopping, are walking trips20.
Cycling for short trips to centres, transport interchanges and local services such as schools and health facilities will free road capacity for people who need to travel further by road and public transport.
Transport for NSW will focus on completing key missing links in the bicycle network within 10 kilometres of the metropolitan centres and five kilometres of strategic centres.
Transport for NSW is establishing the Principal Bicycle Network which will provide high quality, high priority cycling routes across Greater Sydney. This is in addition to coordinating the Sydney Regional Bike Network, a network of safe, connected and direct cycleways within a 10-kilometre radius of the Harbour CBD. The bike network will be integrated with the Greater Sydney Green Grid.
Regional and local routes in councils’ bicycle plans including the Inner Sydney Regional Bike Network will connect to the Principal Bicycle Network resulting in a seamless and safe network of paths.
Cycling improvements underway or being planned within, and to, the District are:
- Inner Sydney Regional Bicycle Network
- better access to the northern and southern approaches to the Sydney Harbour Bridge
- Inner West links
- South East Light Rail links
- Sydney Airport links
- Inner West Greenway missing links between Iron Cove Bridge and Cooks River.
Where walking and cycling are not viable, local public transport links for the first and final parts of commutes will reduce car dependency and encourage a shift towards public transport use.