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THE showpiece transport plan the Rees Government will take to the next election will recycle several previously announced projects, the Minister for Transport has revealed.
In the Government's submission to a Herald-backed public inquiry into Sydney transport, David Campbell said the 2031 blueprint ''will shape the way we travel now and in the future''.
The two-page submission to the inquiry, chaired by the former Olympics transport chief, Ron Christie, said: ''The blueprint is expected to be completed by the end of the year, with the assistance of a reference panel of transport experts.
''The blueprint will incorporate current projects, such as the delivery of the south-west rail link, the Sydney Metro, 7000 additional commuter car spaces, 450 new buses, 626 Waratah train carriages, and will aim to build on current performance such as CityRail's on-time running of 95.4 per cent against a benchmark of 92 per cent.''
Mr Campbell said that by 2013, the Government would have invested $183 billion in infrastructure since its election in 1995.
''At a glance, we've built five major motorways, completed three railway lines, delivered more than 270 train carriages and built the north-west and south-west T-ways,'' he wrote. ''The Premier has made it clear that more will be done to ensure NSW and Sydney has a transport system that is of a world standard.''
In its submission, the NSW Opposition said poor planning over the past decade had meant NSW was unable to increase public transport use. ''To meet the growing needs of the community, we need a long-term integrated plan to ensure capacity is built into the public transport network,'' wrote the Opposition transport spokeswoman, Gladys Berejiklian.
She pointed out that while the Government had claimed an extra 100 rail services a day had been introduced with the new CityRail timetable, the improvement did not make up for the 416 services a day that were slashed during the last timetable review in 2005.
''Even if we accept the Government's word on the additional services, we are still more than 300 daily services short of where we were four years ago.''
Ms Berejiklian said a Coalition government would ensure that new roads were built simultaneously with new public transport, as part of a plan to merge the transport and road agencies.
All new hospitals, schools and employment hubs would need links to public transport to avoid the problems of north-west and south-west Sydney, where business parks were almost completely dependent on cars.
The Opposition submission also urges the creation of ''multi-purpose transport hubs'' in key locations around Sydney suburbs, incorporating commuter parking and bicycle storage, and small shops such as cafes and newsagents over train, bus and ferry interchanges.
To make a submission to the inquiry, email submissions@ transportpublicinquiry.com.au.
Sydney Morning Herald
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