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OPEN ROAD 7
Time and time again Members tell me their number one
bugbear with Sydney’s roads is congestion, whether it’s from
too many cars, a lack of alternative transport options, or
simply caused when motorists slow down to look for a parking
spot at the shopping centre or the beach.
But, as recent media reports showed, travel times in the
Eastern Suburbs have finally begun to improve. While car
registrations for the Harbour region continue to steadily
increase, travel times in 2016 were markedly better than 2013.
For example, a 1.9km trip along Bondi Road to Bondi
Junction was almost one minute faster; an 8.1km stretch of
New South Head Road from Vaucluse to Potts Point went
from 20.1 minutes to 18.2; and a 3.8km stretch of Oxford
Street from Surry Hills to Bondi Junction decreased from
nine minutes to 7.9.
These improvements are a positive sign. More people are
leaving the car at home and jumping on the bus, more people
are using ride-sharing services like Uber and GoCatch, and
more people are utilising quieter times on the roads.
At the NRMA, we’re committed to making sure these
improvements continue. We now have a parking feature on
our mobile app that helps people find available parking at
participating car parks all across NSW. We’re also trialling
ride-sharing with our car rental company, Thrifty, with
compelling results. And we’re strong advocates for
autonomous vehicles, even installing new charging stations at
Hotel Kurrajong in Canberra for Tesla vehicles.
What we now want to see are these improvements echoed
right across the Harbour region. For the Inner West, there’s
light at the end of the tunnel signalled in the commencement
of WestConnex’s construction. Along with more encouraging
local travel time results we look forward to a brighter future
on our roads.
COMMUTE TIMES STARTING TO IMPROVE
TIM TRUMPER Director
Manly, North Shore, Inner West
& Eastern Suburbs (Harbour Region)
Transport projects ensure NSW growth
More than $50
billion of transport
being built right now
and this push needs
to continue in 2017
AS WE START THE NEW YEAR,
I want to reflect on 2016 and what
lies ahead for NSW in 2017.
A decade ago, the NRMA’s ‘Get
NSW Moving Again’ report identified
four major road projects critical to
Sydney’s growth. Construction is
underway on two: WestConnex,
which will do for Western Sydney
what the Harbour Bridge did for the
North Shore; and NorthConnex,
which will provide better links to the
Central Coast and Newcastle.
Planning has also commenced
for a better connection to the
southern suburbs via SouthConnex
(see page 13) and the Northern
Beaches via a Spit Bridge
alternative. All these roads will
transform how Sydney moves
forever, just as the M2, M5 and M7
did two decades ago.
But roads are also the economic
arteries of country areas and more
needs to be done for them. This
includes considering a flexible
public transport model here so cars
aren’t the only option.
Roads alone certainly won’t
solve city mobility challenges, and
public transport stands to be the
big winner under this Government.
The next stage will provide a
second Harbour rail crossing, light
rail and the Metro – all crucial to
Conservative estimates have
more than $50 billion worth of
transport infrastructure currently
underway in NSW, with much
more to come. This is a once-in-a -
generation boom and we’ve not
seen this many cranes across
Sydney’s skyline since the Olympics.
Last year, Lucy Turnbull outlined
the Greater Sydney Commission’s
plans for Sydney’s growth. The
three-city model focused on the
Airport City west of the M7, the
Central City based on Parramatta,
and the Eastern City on the CBD.
The vision will first
come to life in plans for
the Greater Parramatta
and Olympic Park
transport system that
light rail offers will
from Westmead to
Sydney Olympic Park.
The bi-partisan approach to
planning between the NSW
Parliament and the Greater Sydney
Commission is a rarity and both
sides of politics in NSW should be
commended. We hope that 2017 is a
year of further progress for NSW.
KYLE LOADES Chairman
The Metro/Train Station
plan for Martin Place.
I will be taking a journey on the
Rocky Mountaineer and cruising
Alaska’s Inside Passage this
September. NRMA Travel has an
exclusive package for Members.
I invite you to join me on this
adventure. Contact nrmatravel.
com.au or 1300 292 803.
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