The Draft Future Transport 2056 Strategy is a vision for how transport can support growth and the economy of New South Wales over the next 40 years. This strategy is underpinned by the Draft Regional Services and Infrastructure Plan and the Draft Greater Sydney Services and Infrastructure Plan as well as a number of supporting plans including Road Safety and Tourism. The consultation period for the Draft Future Transport 2056 Strategy is now closed. The final strategy will be released in “early 2018”. (TfNSW)
SBA commentary (Excerpts)
Future mobility coupled with an effective mass transit system has the potential to improve the lives and livelihoods of people across NSW – their quality of life, their health, their environment. Autonomous vehicles (AVs), electric vehicles (EVs) and shared mobility models can reduce emissions, and other airborne particulates, remove cars and/or journeys from the road, significantly improve safety and accessibility, especially for those in areas poorly served by mass transit and people with limited existing accessibility such as the elderly and disabled.
However, undirected, future mobility may also exacerbate existing social and environmental impacts. A mobility system dominated by private autonomous travel could increase journeys and vehicles on the road. Private autonomous vehicles could subsume public transport routes, increasing mobility inequality. Without widespread adoption of EVs, emissions will increase.
Sustainable Business Australia (SBA) fully supports development of the FTS 2056. We applaud FTS 2056 for its strong sustainability focus throughout. We acknowledge and support the draft strategy highlighting the importance of ‘a sustainable society’ and of minimising the environmental costs imposed by the transport system. We also support the strategy’s aim to increase the mode share of public transport services and reduce the use of single occupant vehicles, consideration of how active transport can be increased, and focus on delivering flexible, integrated solutions for customers that work across transport modes.
The development of the FTS 2056 provides a significant and timely opportunity to ensure that NSW has a integrated and strategic vision that works across all areas of NSW Government and involves business, enabling future mobility to deliver sustainable outcomes throughout NSW.
SBA recommendations (Excerpts)
Align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Transport is critical to a sustainable world and to the achievement of many of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, of which Australia is a signatory.
The FTS 2056 should align with the SDGs, and explain how the NSW Government will work towards the goals, including relevant targets and monitoring framework.
Include a business-government working group to ensure the transition to connected, autonomous and electric is sustainable
Business is a uniquely placed co-collaborator in the delivery of a sustainable mobility future. We commend the FTS 2056 commitment to “consulting outside of Government” on future developments and the business engagement methods listed with “working with our customers to solve problems”. We think the strategy should go further and include commitment to establish a working group representing business, consumers and government and tasked with forming a coordinated roadmap to enable the transition to connected, autonomous and electric vehicles to lead to a sustainable mobility future.
Include strategies to incentivise corporate uptake of sustainable future transport
Business owns over half of all registered vehicles on the road and their investment and its influence on employees and customers can both significantly enhance mass demand and behavioural acceptance for sustainable future mobility modes, EVs and shared transport in the short term and further afield AVs and mobility as a service.
Include a commitment to integrate sustainable mobility into NSW planning legislation
As part of an integrated cross-Government strategy, the FTS 2056 should expressly acknowledge the role of sustainable transport planning measures in delivering sustainable development. This should include a commitment to establish a robust legislative framework to support sustainable transport for new developments, including specific requirement for the development, monitoring and evaluation of Travel Plans for all new developments of a certain size or impact.
Updated: 14 December 2017