Integrated Transport Plan for Parramatta City Centre Detailed Report
TRANSPORT PLAN FOR PARRAMATTA CITY CENTRE
1. The Integrated Transport Plan for Parramatta City Centre is in
response to the Parramatta City Centre Plan (2007) which sets out the planning
framework for an additional 30,000 jobs and 20,000 residents by 2031. This planned growth will generate significant
travel demand to
2. The key elements of the Plan are:
Pedestrian & Cycle Amenity Zone in the city centre to improve pedestrian
and cycle accessibility and safety through new facilities and a lower speed
and Regional Ring Roads to better manage traffic flow to more appropriate
lobbying for improved public transport (commuter ferry service, additional bus
lanes, cross-city bus services and West Metro).
commuter car parking to the periphery of the city centre and development of
park & ride facilities.
3. The Plan sets out possible future transport planning policy for
the next 5 years. There is a significant
number of recommended strategies involving lobbying State Government and its
agencies. However, some may require
additional budget beyond Councils existing programs. Any additional budget requirements of individual
strategies can be considered at the appropriate time by Council as is the
4. Council has an established relationships with State Government
agencies and key stakeholders across a number of the recommended strategies
including bus priority, cross-city bus services, ferry service, Staff Travel
Plan, Walking School Bus, extended 40kph city centre zones, cycle routes to the
city centre, additional city centre cycle parking including the Federally
funded secure cycle parking and improvement and taxi ranks.
5. The draft Plan was on public exhibition from 4 November to 1
December 2009. It was available for
public viewing at Councils administration building and local libraries and
from Councils website. There were
adverts in the local weekly papers for 4 weeks.
6. In addition the following were invited to provide comments: RTA,
Dept. of Transport & Infrastructure, DECCW, Sydney Metro, Dept. of
Planning, Premiers Council for Active Living, local State and Federal MPs, surrounding
local Councils, Parramatta Traffic Committee, Parramatta Bicycle Committee, car
share operators, Sydney Buses, Hillsbus, Veolia, Hopkinsons, RailCorp, Sydney
Ferries, Parramatta Chamber of Commerce, WSROC, Tourisium & Transport Forum,
Infrastructure Partnerships Australia, Property Council of Australia
NSW, BicycleNSW, Bus & Coach Association and Western Sydney Community Forum.
ANNOUCED CHANGES TO TRANSPORT
7. The Metropolitan Transport Plan was announced on 20 February
2010 and contained key changes of direction for
8. The Department of Transport & Infrastructure has announced
a new ticketing system to be introduced on 23 April 2010, called MyZone. This is a significant step towards integrated
ticketing and is the final stage in equalising ticketing products between
private and public bus operators. In
addition Sydney Buses are planning to introduce Pre-Pay only ticketing within
the Parramatta Interchange to improve bus journey reliability.
9. New bus services in region 3, basically Hopkinsons services to
and from Holroyd LGA, are scheduled to be introduced from 22 March 2010. The significant change is that all
Hopkinsons services will terminate at the Interchange rather than at George
EXHIBITION RESPONCES RECIEVED
10. A total of twelve submissions were received including those
received after the closing date for submissions. The submissions were from 5 State Government
agencies, 3 local Councils, 1 resident, 1 car share provider, 1 transport
interest group and 1 consultant.
11. The majority of submissions from the State Government agencies raised
minor corrections to facts. There was a
significantly number of respondents who were generally supportive of the measures
to encourage sustainable transport while reducing the reliance on private car
use, particularly the local Council submissions. A summary of the key comments and their
response, is shown below.
decreasing reliance on car use and increased use of sustainable transport.
2009 State Plan has set a target of 50% of journey to work trips to
Parramatta city centre by public transport by 2016.
a Transport plan be prepare for all local centres.
Transport Plan for Granville has been adopted. A draft Transport Plan for Westmead has
been prepared and the recommendations will be incorporated into the Vision
document for Westmead which will also include land use and urban design work.
A Transport Plan for Epping is linked
to the DoPs funding to undertake joint planning work with Hornsby Shire
importance of additional transport links to the North West, particularly
public transport. Considering that
approximately of 5% of residents in the Hills LGA use the bus to travel to
work in Parramatta and the planned residential growth is 100,000 by
2031. Also recognising the importance
of Parramatta as the closet regional city.
the importance of bus lanes on Windsor Road.
Brief desk study investigation of a possible future rail corridor.
for additional bus priority measures and cycle routes.
of the Parramatta to Epping Rail Link.
for additional bus priority.
to bus stops.
pedestrian guard railing within the Interchange.
is an operational issue for RailCorp who manages the Interchange. This is supported
proposed Pedestrian & Cycle Amenity Zone need careful consideration and may
diminish the outcomes for public transport
support for cross-city bus services at present.
was discussed with State Government and bus operators at a meeting in January
2010. It also discussed the decreasing capacity of bus layover spaces and the
suggestion of cross-city bus services as solution to this problem. The meeting noted that the eastern layover
(Station St) operates overcapacity but just about manages to operate
satisfactory at most times as Charles Street (leased by the RTA from Council)
is used as a spill-over layover. One
of the operators present was opposed to cross-city services while another was
supportive of further exploration, neither of whom made a submission. State
Government agencies at acknowledged the need to investigate the issue and
recognised that cross-city routes was one solution.
cycle infrastructure is the biggest factor to overcome to encourage cycling.
2009 State Plan has set a target for Metropolitan Sydney of 5% of trips by
bicycle by 2016.
to develop better connections to the North West. Extend the Carlingford Line to Granville
rather than Parramatta and to the North West rather than Epping.
the importance of bus lanes on Windsor Road.
Brief desk study investigation of a possible future rail corridor to
is the preferred western alignment for the Carlingford Line extension as it
is a regional city with a significant number of jobs as opposed to Granville
which is town centre. Epping is the preferred eastern alignment as it
provides a direct route to jobs in Macquarie Park and Sydney. Additional possible future rail
links/services have also been added.
proposal to convert one-way streets to two-way as it will reduce traffic
aim of the two-way streets scheme is support the 40kph Pedestrian & Cycle
Amenity Zone and increased vehicle accessibility within the city centre that
the current one-way streets restricts.
operating buses on east-west streets of Philip St, George St and Macquarie St
to avoid the use of Church St due to the noise and pollution.
noise and pollution of buses has decreased as the regulations on emissions
increases. It is best practice to
operate two-way bus routes rather than one-way to better understand the bus
network. Sydney Buses and Hillsbus bus
routes were investigated in depth over 4 years and the current arrangement is
the outcome of that process which included several irritations. In additional to run bus from the north and
north-east along the east-west streets and avoiding using Church St would
significantly increase the bus operating costs.
of spatial analysis.
Noted. Consultant promoting skills.
support for cycling.
car sharing spaces.
Noted. Council have invited car share operators to
identify and apply for additional locations.
to limit the provision of car parking within the city centre.
investigation of proposed new traffic signals.
Noted. This is part of the normal due process.
of CCTV to enforce bus lanes requires change of legislation.
network improvements on State roads require detailed traffic modelling and
Noted. This is part of the normal due process.
should identify a framework to monitor performance of the road network and
identify schemes and funding to improve the network
has limited funding to monitor traffic flows and implement road
improvements. The RTA is best placed
to monitor traffic flows using its network of CCTV cameras in the city centre
and also the RTA controls traffic signals which are key to the road network
performance. Increasing road network
performance in isolation will induce additional traffic flows, against the
key object of the Plan which is decreased car reliance and increased use of
12. The draft Summary Plan was circulated to Councillors for comment
as a Green Paper on 27 August 2009, no comments were received. The draft Integrated Transport Plan was
considered for public exhibition on 19 October 2010. The draft Plan was adopted with one objective
removed E3 (Environment) - Investigate discounted parking for Environmentally
Friendly Vehicles promotion of alternative environmentally friendly fuels.
Senior Project Officer,
22 March 2010