9 – Transport & Roads

Transport & Roads

As the Independent Member for Robertson, my purpose will be identical to that of the Council [hopefully the Council will share the policy position  which follows]. In collaboration with the Central Coast Council AND the Central Coast civil society, I/we will prepare a 10 year integrated roads, rail and traffic plan (2020 to 2030) designed to: understand evolving transport needs, and facilitate the smooth movement of traffic; increase the effectiveness and usage of public transport, shared transport, bicycles and motorcycles; improve drainage; increase the use of trains for bulk transport.

Of course, I will acknowledge, as the Council will acknowledge, the authority of the NSW and Federal governments while insisting on our RIGHT AND RESPONSIBILITY to comprehensively plan for the Central Coast, and to represent the wishes of Central Coast people into the NSW and Federal jurisdictions. CENTRAL COAST – FIRST AND ALWAYS.

Therefore, I am acutely conscious of my responsibility to Central Coast citizens, as I trust Council will be conscious of its responsibility to persistently make representations to, negotiate with and, if necessary to campaign for the funds and enabling legislation required for the implementation of the Central Coast Roads and Transport Plan 2020 – 2030.

I will advocate for a pooled Smart Infrastructure Fund to assure the consistent and ongoing funding of infrastructure projects such as roads and transport. The pooled funding will come from all three layers of government as well as appropriate Australian superannuation funds.

THE ISSUE OF ‘POPULATION OVER-SPILL, OR ‘POPULATION DUMPING’ IS CENTRALLY ASSOCIATED WITH THIS POLICY AREA. IN THE EVENT THAT CC COUNCIL DETERMINES NOT TO FORMULATE A 3-YEAR ROLLING TRIENNIAL  POPULATION CAP ASSOCIATED WITH A ROLLING 10 YEAR PLAN FOR ROADS AND TRANSPORT, THEN I SHALL NEGOTIATE WITH ACADEMIC AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS TO PRODUCE MY OWN DETAILED PLAN TO BECOME THE BASIS OF MY REPRESENTATIONS TO BOTH THE CROSS-BENCH AND THE GOVERNMENT.

Elements/Actions:

9.1. Central Coast Council:

9.1.1. Public transport – Trains: Council will commission a 2020 independent analysis of: the necessary tracks, signalling, other upgrades and expansions essential to efficient rapid transit for increased population and freight; current usage of the dedicated freight line from the Central Coast to Sydney and Newcastle with the view to lobby for the completion and optimised use of same; timetabling in order to improve linkages with other modes of commuter transport. Council will produce a Central Coast trains plan (Central Coast Trains Plan) that will be integrated with the Central Coast Buses Plan and the Central Coast Shared Transport Plan. [SEE ABOVE]

9.1.2. Public transport – Buses: Council will commission a 2020 independent analysis of: current usage and cost of commuter buses; safety and security; effectiveness of the public bus system; integration  and linkages between private and public bus services and other modes of commuter transport; the range of options open to government to enable alternative and cheap means of providing better service tailored to each local community’s needs. Produce Central Coast buses plan (Central Coast Buses Plan) that will be integrated with the Central Coast Trains Plan and the Central Coast Shared Transport Plan. [SEE ABOVE]

9.1.3. Public transport – Shared Transport: Council will commission a report on: current usage of all modes of shared transport including taxis, Uber and private vehicles; current policies and infrastructure that support shared transport; options to develop the provision of economic incentives for the adoption of shared transport; integration; safety and security and linkages between shared transport and other modes of commuter transport. Produce a Central Coast shared transport plan (Central Coast Shared Transport Plan). This plan will be integrated with the Central Coast Trains Plan and the Central Coast Buses Plan.  [SEE ABOVE]

9.1.4. Freight and Goods – Council will plan for the smooth and efficient flow of freight and goods.

9.1.5. Public roads – Kerbing, Guttering and Drainage: Council will:

9.1.5.1. Complete the assessment and mapping of areas that are subject to flash flooding from both storm surge (tidal) and catchment inundation, and propose costed alternatives to optimise kerbing, guttering and drainage.

9.1.5.2. Consult fully with affected precinct communities and produce, in 2020, a priority plan of the scope of new works and schedule of maintenance of roads and drains as advised by Council’s departments and their consultants.

9.1.6. Public roads – Ease of Movement:

9.1.6.1. Council will take immediate action to relieve congestion at identified ‘bottlenecks’ through investigation of a ‘smart roads’ concept that utilises technology to improve road use efficiency such as ‘on demand’ driverless cars/buses using mobile phone interconnectivity and applications.

9.1.6.2. Council will produce a Central Coast emergency roads plan (Central Coast Emergency Roads Plan) in consultation with the State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service, Fire and Rescue NSW and the Ambulance Service of NSW.

9.1.6.3. Council will investigate implementing a ‘reward system’ for commuter transport, in appropriate precincts, along the lines of Stanford University’s Parking and Transport Services HYPERLINK innovation, to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and increase commuter movement efficiency.

9.1.7. Parking – Council will research and develop a plan for projected parking in the growth corridors and shopping centres.

9.1.8. Pedestrian accessibility plan – Council will account for age and disability in the planning of roads and transport by collaborating with service providers and stakeholders. Roads are more than arteries. They can also be barriers to those without easy mobility. Therefore, compassionate appraisal of the needs of the aged and disable, in accessing and safely negotiating our roads, is imperative.

9.1.9. Cyclist plan – Council will revisit the Gosford Bike Plan 2014, the Wyong On-Road Bicycle and Shared Pathway Strategy – Adopted December 2010, and the NSW Bike Plan 2010 to develop, with the consultation of stakeholders, a timeline of priorities to bring about the establishment of a bicycle pathway network that meets the need of our communities.

9.1.10. Council will commission an independent assessment, based on a population increase of 100,000 to the Central Coast Region by 2036, that will include extensive interviews with all road users including commercial, commuter and private vehicle owners/drivers/users/cyclists/bicyclists, as well pedestrians, regarding prescient and regional road needs, and associated essential funding levels. Using the concepts of Traffic Flow Theory’, Council will produce a Central Coast ten-year roads plan for the period 2020 – 2030 (Central Coast 10 Year Roads Plan and Transport Pan 2020 – 2030).

IN THE EVENT THAT CC COUNCIL DECLINES TO UNDERTAKE A BROAD POPULATION REVIEW, RESEARCH, AND PLANNING  THEN I SHALL NEGOTIATE WITH ACADEMIC AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS TO PRODUCE MY OWN DETAILED PLAN TO BECOME THE BASIS OF MY REPRESENTATIONS TO BOTH THE CROSS-BENCH AND THE GOVERNMENT. THE PLAN WILL INTEGRATE PLANNING FOR: TRAINS, BUSES, SHARED, HYPERLINKS, KERBING, GUTTERING, BOTTLENECKS, EMERGENCY, PARKING, PEDESTRIANS, BICYCLES, MOTORCYCLES,

9.2. NSW Government:

9.2.1. Public transport – trains, buses and shared transport: Council will use the three plans for trains, buses and taxis to make representations to, and negotiate with, the NSW Government for required legislation and funding support. If necessary, Council will also campaign for these three plans politically, including within the NSW elections in Central Coast seats.

9.2.2. Public roads – kerbing and guttering: Council will make representations to the NSW Government to seek the funds necessary to build the priorities as identified in 9.2.4.

9.2.3. Public roads – ease of movement: Council will seek the support, both legislatively and financially from the NSW government, for the Central Coast 10 Year Roads and Transport Plan 2020 – 2030.

9.2.4. Pedestrian access and Cycle plans – Council will make representations to the NSW Government to seek the funds necessary to build the priorities as identified in 9.2.7 and 9.2.8.

AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WILL PERSISTENTLY SUPPORT THE CC COUNCIL’S REPRESENTATIONS TO THE NSW GOVERNMENT. IN THE EVENT THAT THE CC COUNCIL IS INEFFECTIVE, OR SOFT, OR NEGLECTFUL, THEN I WILL LEAD CENTRAL COAST PRESSURE ON THE NSW GOVERNMENT TO [a] cap population over-spill [b] provide the legislation and funds necessary for our Central Coast 10 year TRANSPORT PLAN.

9.3. Federal Government:

9.3.1. Public transport – trains, buses and shared transport: Council will use the three plans for trains, buses and shared transport to make representations to, and negotiate with, the Federal Government for required legislation and funding support. If necessary, Council will also campaign for these three plans politically, including within Federal elections in Central Coast seats.

9.3.2. Public roads –kerbing and guttering: Council will make representations to the Federal Government to seek the funds necessary to build the priorities in identified in 9.2.4

9.3.3. Public roads – ease of movement: Council will seek the support, both legislatively and financially from the Federal government, for the Central Coast 10 Year Roads Plan 2020 – 2030.

9.3.4. Pedestrian access and Cycle plans – Council will make representations to the Federal Government to seek the funds necessary to build the priorities as identified in 9.2.7 and 9.2.8.

AS THE INDEPENDENT MEMBER FOR ROBERTSON I WILL PERSISTENTLY SUPPORT THE CC COUNCIL’S REPRESENTATIONS TO THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT. IN THE EVENT THAT THE CC COUNCIL IS INEFFECTIVE, OR SOFT, OR NEGLECTFUL, THEN I WILL LEAD CENTRAL COAST PRESSURE ON THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT TO [a] cap population over-spill [b] provide the legislation and funds necessary for our Central Coast 10 year PLAN.