Public transport capacity (Parramatta Road and Victoria Road corridors)

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Sydney corridor congestion: Northern Beaches, Parramatta Road, Victoria Road
High Priority Initiative
Infrastructure Category
Transport
Timeframe
Near term 0-5 years
Location
Sydney, NSW
Public transport capacity (Parramatta Road and Victoria Road corridors)

Problem

The 2015 Australian Infrastructure Audit identified that some of Sydney’s highest congestion delay costs are along the Burwood to Sydney CBD via Parramatta Road corridor, and the Parramatta/Ryde/Sydney CBD via Victoria Road corridor. The cost of congestion in the greater Sydney region is projected to rise from $5.6 billion in 2011 to $14.8 billion in 2031. The need for public transport improvements for both corridors is identified in the New South Wales Government’s Draft Future Transport 2056 Strategy.

The population of Local Government Areas (LGAs) along the Parramatta Road corridor will grow by approximately 116,000 people between 2016 and 2036.

The population of LGAs along the Victoria Road corridor will grow by approximately 68,000 people in the same period.

While both corridors are served by rail, and some sections may in future be served by Sydney Metro West, other parts are only practically served by road. For these sections of the corridors, additional public transport capacity is required.

Efficient management of the transport network on these two corridors is a priority issue. Inadequate investment in public transport along these corridors will result in greater reliance on and use of private passenger vehicles, in turn leading to further road congestion and delays at the expense of economic efficiency.

Proposed initiative

The provision of high-capacity public transport infrastructure is potentially an effective method of improving connectivity along priority corridors and alleviating congestion on Sydney’s urban transport network.

In March 2018, this public transport initiative replaced the New South Wales Government’s Bus Rapid Transport initiative that was originally included on the Infrastructure Priority List. This reflects the delivery of the B-Line Bus project in 2017 for the Northern Beaches corridor, and planning that is underway for Sydney Metro West.

Next steps

Proponent to be identified.