Plan to transform travel across the Central West and Orana

23 November 2021

Central West and Orana locals can have their say on a better-connected region under a new draft plan that builds on the NSW Government’s vision for a stronger and more resilient regional transport network.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the draft Central West and Orana Regional Transport Plan provides a blueprint for transforming the way people travel in, around and through the region over the next 20 years.

“The region is changing and growing, so it is important that we have the right transport services and infrastructure in place to support the region’s growth,” Mr Toole said.

“We have worked with representatives from all 19 councils across the Central West and Orana, as well as state agencies and Joint Organisations of Councils, to make sure we have a thorough and well-considered plan to present to the community.

“The draft plan identifies 66 initiatives that highlight the short, medium and long-term steps the NSW Government, 19 councils and the local communities will take to prepare the region for the next 20 years.

“We want to provide a vision for how we will be ready for anticipated changes in land use, population and travel demand across the region.”

Mr Toole said it was an exciting opportunity for locals to be able to have a say on the community’s transport needs now and into the future.

“This is a chance for people to get online and review the plan’s key initiatives and identify what they see as most important - from active transport proposals to road safety treatments and public transport improvements.

“The draft plan builds on our vision to help make walking, cycling and public transport a first-choice option for more people, more often across the region, and looks at how we can transform our road and rail networks to keep us all better connected.”

The draft Transport Plan outlines the following ‘2041’ vision for the region:

  • Around one in every five trips across the region will be made by walking, cycling or public transport
  • A higher proportion of the region’s population will have access to day return services to their nearest regionally significant centre
  • Improved multi-modal connectivity between the region and the Global Gateways of Greater Sydney, Greater Newcastle and Canberra
  • Crash rates reduced in-line with the ‘Towards Zero’ goal of zero fatalities and serious injuries on NSW roads by 2056
  • Increased access for High Productivity Vehicles (HPVs) across the region to support the principle of “moving more with less”
  • Greater use of technology to support safer, more efficient and accessible transport network.

The Plan presents a transport vision for the Central West and Orana and responds to the land use vision outlined in the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment’s (DPIE) draft Central West and Orana Regional Plan 2041.

The community can visit to have their say and make submissions until 5pm on Friday 18 February 2022.

For more information the draft plan visit Draft Central West and Orana Transport Plan

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