The Sydney of the future is a thriving metropolis where fast, easy access to jobs, schools, shops and entertainment is a reality. Our long term vision is that we want Sydneysiders to reach their nearest centre within 30 minutes, seven days a week using public transport, walking or cycling. That’s why we are shifting focus from a single CBD, and instead connecting people to three cities — the Central River City (Parramatta), a Western Parkland City (Badgerys Creek) and the Eastern Harbour City (the current CBD). This map is a high level visionary snapshot of just some of the projects underway or proposed to help us achieve faster, easier and safer roads and transport for everyone.
Western Sydney flying ahead
With a new airport on the way in Badgery’s Creek that will create 28,000 jobs, Western Sydney is set to boom, big time. It’s our role to meet the huge amount of growth coming with new transport options. Like the North South Rail Link from St Marys to Badgerys Creek Aerotropolis via the new airport. It will become the ‘spine’ of the Western Parkland City, connecting with proposed rail or metro links from the new airport to Parramatta. A new M12 motorway will also provide an east-west connection from the new airport to the M7, which is part of the Sydney Orbital. It’s all part of our plan to put you within 30 minutes of the services you need — like jobs, schools and shops.
Completing the missing links
Less congestion, better connections, safer journeys and shorter travel times for you — the new underground motorway tunnels we are building will bypass over 70 traffic lights and return local streets to communities. Work is well underway on WestConnex. We’ve already widened the M4 between Parramatta and Homebush, we’re extending the M4 in twin tunnels between Homebush and Haberfield, and we’re doubling the road capacity along the M5 east corridor with new underground tunnels between St Peters and Kingsgrove. The M4 and the M5 will also be linked underground to form a seamless motorway.
NorthConnex will link up the Sydney Orbital between the M1 at Wahroonga and the M2 at Pennant Hills Road, increasing compacity and improving safety by diverting up to 5,000 trucks per day underground. When the links are complete, our motorway network will connect Sydney better than ever before.
Sydney Metro is set to revolutionise the way we get around Sydney. When the first stage between Chatswood and Rouse Hill opens just next year, you’ll have a new turn-up-and-go service every four minutes during peak times. And you’ll travel in style aboard our brand new fleet of safe and reliable fully-automated trains. By 2024, the metro will extend under Sydney Harbour, through the city centre and on to Bankstown with a further connection planned to Parramatta in the late 2020s. We’re also looking at linking up public transport with even more metro services in the future. See the proposed teal lines on the map. Find out more in our Metro feature here.
Light rail on the way for Sydney
In the CBD and South East, you will be able to hop on board a light rail service every four minutes in peak times to go between Circular Quay, Central, Surry Hills, Moore Park, Kensington, Kingsford and Randwick. It means getting around the city for work, shopping or sightseeing will be a breeze and you’ll have more transport options to get you to and from a day out at the footy or the races safely and easily.
From 2023, light rail will start running in Parramatta giving you frequent access to the region’s vibrant retail, café and restaurant precincts every 7.5 minutes. The first stage will connect Westmead with Carlingford via the Parramatta CBD and Camelia, with an extension planned to take you to Sydney Olympic Park.
Getting ready for a driverless future
A world where your car drives itself may seem like decades away, but we’re laying down the groundwork right now to make it a reality. The technology brings exciting possibilities for the way we all travel in the future, including safer and more convenient journeys. We’re testing out connected and automated cars, buses and trucks in different driving environments to start getting ready. The State’s first fully automated shuttle bus trial at Sydney Olympic Park has been underway for many months and we recently kicked off an on-road trial of partly automated vehicles on the Sydney Orbital network, in partnership with Transurban.
Your ride, your way
Ever wanted to plan your own travel timetable and be picked up from your front door? Just like Netflix and Stan give you movies and TV shows on demand, we’re now looking at on demand transport services that give you the option of tailoring trips to your unique needs. No need for set timetables or routes, simply make a booking on your smartphone to be picked up and transferred to your destination. We’re trialling a variety of on-demand services — buses, mini buses, coaches and cars — right now in several locations across Sydney like Sutherland, Bankstown and the Northern Beaches.