Plans for ‘15-minute neighbourhoods’ in the Hunter region of New South Wales have been released by the State Government.
The Draft Hunter Regional Transport Plan aims to connect local transport networks to help bust congestion as well as improve freight connections and transform the M1 into a Smart Motorway.
The Plan that outlines the State Government’s strategy for a better transport network in the Hunter region is now out for public consultation.
“The Hunter is one of the fastest-growing areas in NSW and we want to ensure we are building what matters to make daily life easier for these communities.
“This draft plan is our vision for what Transport for NSW should look at to secure a brighter future for people living in the Hunter, by providing support for the businesses and industries that are the lifeblood of this booming area.
“Some of these initiatives we’re already delivering – like the transformative New England Highway upgrade between Belford and the Golden Highway – and some are about to get underway, including the Muswellbrook and Singleton bypasses,” Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Sam Farraway said.
The Minister added that planning for the future is also being carried out through investigations into a range of initiatives such as upgrades to the New England Highway to help improve safety as well as travel times at Rocky Cut, Belford to Singleton, Singleton to Muswellbrook and Muswellbrook to Scone.
With the Hunter region estimated to grow by 100,000 people by 2041 – approximately 15 per cent – and with Newcastle as the State’s second largest city, having residents and stakeholders contribute to the Draft Hunter Regional Transport Plan is crucial to its development.
“We are putting the foundations in place that will make sure the rapidly growing population across the Hunter has a safe, efficient and accessible road network to use.
“It’s now time for residents, businesses and visitors to have their say on the draft plan to help us enhance our transport network now and into the future,” Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward said.
Key goals of the transport vision include:
About 80 initiatives have been identified through the Plan that will support the 2041 regional transport vision for the Hunter region.
The Plan also covers 10 local government areas, including Cessnock, Dungog, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Mid Coast, Muswellbrook, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Singleton and Upper Hunter.
“We want to improve the lives of Hunter residents by emphasising the ‘15-minute neighbourhood’, allowing people to access most of their everyday needs quickly and easily by using public transport, walking or cycling,” Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said.
Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to have their say on the Draft Hunter Regional Transport Plan. Submissions can be made through the Transport Future 2056 web page or via email to HunterRTP@transport.nsw.gov.au.
Feedback received through this consultation stage will be utilised to refine and finalise the plan as well as the timing of initiatives.
The New South Wales Government has revealed its 20-year transport plan for Wagga Wagga. This is the first of its kind for a major regional city in the State – a place-based transport plan that will transform how people and goods move within, to and through regions.
Regional New South Wales will be seeing better road, rail and freight networks, with various transport infrastructure projects set to go underway. The projects are boosted by the record $55.6 billion investment through the 2019-20 State Budget.
The New South Wales Government is committing $100 million towards a stimulus program that will fast track the delivery over 150 shovel-ready road and rail projects as well as generate more than 600 jobs across regional New South Wales.
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