Major restructure of NSW transport announced
The New South Wales Roads and Traffic Authority and three other agencies will be abolished as part of the most significant restructure of transport in NSW history.
NSW Maritime, the Transport Construction Authority and the Country Rail Infrastructure Authority will also cease to exist and their functions will be absorbed by the new integrated transport authority – to be called Transport for NSW.
Transport for NSW will be responsible for the co-ordinated delivery of transport services across all modes, and a renewed focus on the customer.
It will see policy and planning experts from all transport agencies working together in the one location, eliminating duplication and ensuring they no longer work in silos.
A new body to be called NSW Roads and Maritime Services will build and maintain roads; conduct driving tests; issue licences and registrations; and oversee harbours and waterways.
The work now carried out by the Transport Construction Authority – which builds transport infrastructure – and the Country Rail Infrastructure Authority – which is responsible for regional rail infrastructure - would be undertaken by Transport for NSW.
The Transport for NSW divisions are:
- Customer Experience – which will make sure journeys are as simple and seamless as possible;
- Planning and Programs – which will consolidate planning for all modes and develop a comprehensive transport masterplan;
- Transport Services – which will ensure transport services cost-effectively meet the current and future needs of customers;
- Transport Projects – which will ensure major projects are delivered on time and on budget;
- Freight and Regional Development – which will make sure freight services and facilities meet the needs of the State economy, with particular focus on regional NSW; and
- Policy and Regulation – which will develop and oversight polices and laws pertaining to transport across the State.
Appointments of the six new deputy directors-general – from a pool of around 200 applications per position – are being finalised.
Legislation to form Transport for NSW will be introduced in parliament in the next session.