The NSW State Budget was handed down today and transport was once again one of the big winners in what otherwise was a relatively unfair and cuts driven budget.
MORE BUS SERVICES TO MEET GROWING DEMAND
- $1.6 billion for bus services throughout New South Wales, including regional and metropolitan bus services, school services and funding of new and replacement buses
- 14,000 extra weekly bus services across Sydney, Illawarra, Central Coast and the Lower Hunter
- Deliver a new direct bus service linking Pittwater and Frenchs Forest via the Wakehurst Parkway and start work on developing a turn up and go express bus service linking Dee Why and Chatswood
- $67.9 million over four years to improve bus services across 15 regional towns.
PLANNING FOR TWEED LIGHT RAIL
Provide $1 million to commence strategic planning for a future light rail between Tweed Heads and Coolangatta.
$295 million over four years initial investment in the fast rail network, including improved alignment north of Mittagong, duplication between Berry and Gerringong, planning of a new alignment between Sydney and Woy Woy and planning work to improve the route to the Central West.
ELECTRIC BUSES TRIAL
$10 million over two years to trial 10 electric buses at Randwick Bus Depot, as part of the Government’s Electric and Hybrid Vehicle Plan.
UPGRADING 68 MORE TRAIN STATIONS
Upgrade a further 68 train stations under the Transport Access Program and Sydney Metro City and Southwest, to make train stations more accessible, including new lifts, ramps and footbridges.
REDUCE THE WEEKLY OPAL TRAVEL CAP
$69.6 million over four years to reduce the Opal Weekly Travel cap by approximately 20 per cent to $50 a week for adults and $25 per week for child/youth and concession travel from 1 July 2019 for all train, bus, ferry and light rail customers. This will benefit approximately 55,000 commuters with savings of up to $686 a year.
ACCELERATING SYDNEY METRO WEST
$6.4 billion commitment over four years, for planning and the acceleration of construction of Sydney Metro West, to provide a faster, easier and more reliable journey between Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD in around 20 minutes.
MORE CYCLING AND PEDESTRIAN INFRASTRUCTURE
$256 million over four years towards new walking and cycling infrastructure projects across the state to make walking and cycling a more convenient, safer and enjoyable option that benefits everyone.
OPAL PARK AND RIDE EXPANSION
10 train station commuter car parks to be converted to Opal Park and Ride car parks, to keep spaces available for public transport users
MORE EXPRESS TRAINS FOR WESTERN SYDNEY
Deliver an additional eight train express services on the T1 Western Line across the morning and evening peak periods on weekdays, adding over 35,000 extra seats each week.
CONNECTING RURAL AND REGIONAL COMMUNITIES
Trial 13 new public transport routes (bus and train) to connect 44 isolated communities across regional New South Wales to a major centre or city.
REGIONAL SENIORS TRANSPORT CARD
A Regional Seniors Transport Card providing $250 per year in 2020 and 2021 towards fuel or taxi travel from regional providers or pre-booked NSW TrainLink tickets for aged pensioners and Commonwealth Seniors Health card holder living in regional New South Wales.
TRANSPORT DISABILITY SUBSIDIES
$173 million over four years for transport disability subsidies to extend the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme and the Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Driver Incentive Scheme.
MORE TRAINS, MORE SERVICES
Continue delivery of the More Trains, More Services program, including;
- providing increased rail services on the Illawarra, Airport and South Coast Lines.:
- fast-tracking the delivery of another 17 new air-conditioned Waratah Series 2 trains from 2020, in response to growing demand across the Sydney Trains network
- new train carriages and extra seats on the South Coast line to address increased customer demand during the week and on the weekends
- additional services on the T4 Illawarra Line after 10pm, seven days a week, to reduce wait times on platforms late at night.
ACCESSIBILITY IMPROVEMENTS FOR FERRY WHARVES
Improve accessibility at Taronga Zoo, South Mosman, North Sydney and Manly ferry wharves.
NEW REGIONAL RAIL FLEET
$2.8 billion commitment towards the design, build and maintenance of thenew regional rail eet, along with thenew purpose built maintenance facility in Dubbo, to create better, safer, more comfortable and reliable services for customers travelling long distances.
FARE FREEZE FOR GOLD OPAL CARDS
Freeze fares for a further four years for Gold Opal Card holders at a maximum of $2.50 per day.
EXPRESS TRAIN SERVICES BETWEEN GRANVILLE AND THE CITY
Provide new return express train services between Granville and the City.
RAPID TRANSPORT OPTIONS FOR WOLLONDILLY AND THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS
Investigate new rapid public transport options to connect communities in Wollondilly and the Southern Highlands with Sydney’s electrified rail network. New routes to be explored will include Bargo, Picton and Wilton to Campbelltown, as well as Moss Vale, Bowral and Mittagong to Campbelltown.
SYDNEY METRO CITY AND SOUTHWEST LINE
$1.2 billion in 2019-20 to continue delivery of the Sydney Metro City and Southwest linking Chatswood and Bankstown. Begin planning an extension of Sydney Metro City and Southwest between Bankstown and Liverpool.
ADDITIONAL FERRY SERVICES AND VESSELS
Create 400 additional weekly ferry services across the network over the next two years.
NORTH SOUTH METRO RAIL LINK TO THE NEW WESTERN SYDNEY AIRPORT
Invest over $2 billion over four years towards the New South Wales and Federal Government funded North South Metro Rail Link connecting to Western Sydney Airport, with construction expected to start in 2021 and be completed in 2026 in time for the opening of the airport.