By 2056, more than 12 million people will call NSW home. Within Sydney alone, almost 4 million people will reside west of Parramatta over the 40 years. To meet the needs of current and future communities, transport links are needed to ensure residents can access jobs, services, entertainment and cultural facilities closer to home.
In June 2020 the NSW Government confirmed the final corridors for the North South Rail Line, South West Rail Link Extension and the Western Sydney Freight Line.
Read the media release.
What is a transport link?
A transport link is a strip of land used for transport infrastructure. These links are paths for any option of travel including road and rail, for use by buses, cars, trucks, passenger trains, freight trains, bikes and pedestrians.
What is Corridor Preservation
Corridor preservation is the process of reserving land for future transport links.
The corridor preservation process identifies and secures land needed for future infrastructure, such as roads and rail lines, before competing development comes along in a way that would prevent the land from being available for future transport infrastructure.
Corridor preservation is important when planning for the needs of growing communities and industries, to accommodate commuters, workers, businesses and industries who all rely on different types of transport modes. Planning the necessary future transport links now ensures that as NSW grows, communities will have access to transport.
The Corridor Protection Process
What is gazettal?
‘Gazettal’ occurs when a piece of legislation appears in the NSW Government Gazette, which is the official record of all NSW Government legislation. Gazettal means that the use of land in this area has the force of law.
While Transport for NSW does not own the land, ‘gazettal’ gives Transport for NSW say over what private landowners can do with it, up until any future transport projects are constructed on that land.
Corridor Protection Process Key:
TfNSW – Transport for NSW
DPIE – Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
SEA – Strategic Environmental Assessment report
SEPP – State Environmental Planning Policy