Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay have released the first annual update of progress made under the 20 year plan.
“We are getting on with delivering better transport for the people of NSW, and this update shows just how much is being done,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“The Labor Party when in Government had 10 separate transport plans over 16 years and delivered none of them – we put in the hard work to develop the Long Term Transport Master Plan and now a year on from its release we’ve shown that we have the determination and focus to deliver on it.”
“We salvaged the Waratah train project and have now delivered more than 60 trains, boosting the Sydney Trains fleet’s air-conditioning to almost 90 per cent.
“The South West Rail Link is almost complete, and it’s under-budget and ahead of schedule – a great boost as we continue construction of the North West Rail Link.
“We developed an integrated public transport timetable that gets customers where they need to go faster and more conveniently, with more than 2,700 extra bus, train and ferry services every week.
“This year customers have also had the chance to experience simpler and more convenient travel with electronic ticketing, with the Opal card now available on all Sydney Ferries and progressively being rolled out on trains and buses.”
Mr Gay said massive spending on improving the Pacific Highway, Princes Highway and Western Sydney roads would remove bottlenecks and improve both safety and travel times, while progress had also been made on the WestConnex motorway – Australia’s largest road project.
“We’re about getting things done,” he said.
“Regional and rural communities are also seeing the fruits of our roads spending.
“There have been hives of activity on these significant projects and investments, making a difference for every resident of, and visitor to, this state.
“We’ve just released the state’s first freight and ports strategy, a plan to help manage the near doubling of freight volumes over the next 20 years.
“It’s an exciting time for transport in NSW, because after years of inactivity we are improving the user experience on roads and public transport and building for the future needs of this state.”