9 – Roads & Transport

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Roads & Transport

Council’s purpose is to attain a comprehensive understanding of emergency, urgent, current, and
future roads and transport needs for the Central Coast, to take direct action where it can, and to
press NSW and Federal Governments where required to have those needs met in an efficient and
timely manner.

In its first year, the new Council, in collaboration with Central Coast civil society, 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.

Council will acknowledge the authority of the NSW and Federal governments while insisting on its
right to comprehensively plan for the Central Coast, and to represent the wishes of Central Coast
people into the NSW and Federal jurisdictions.

Therefore 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.

Elements/Actions:
9.1. Local Community Engagement:
9.1.1. Individuals, community groups, business and stakeholders will be encouraged to
bring forward their concerns to Council as partners in any plans to deliver road construction,
upgrades, safety and maintenance, commuter transport (both public and private) timetable
integration, and upgrading catchment and tidal drainage ‘hot spots’ that meet the needs of
their communities. Council will encourage the use of new and emerging technologies to
engage with residents and rate-payers.
9.1.2. Council will …

9.2. Central Coast Council:
9.2.1. Public transport – Trains: Council will commission a 2018 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.
9.2.2. Public transport – Buses: Council will commission a 2018 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.
9.2.3. 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.
9.2.4. Freight and Goods – Council will plan for the smooth and efficient flow of freight and
goods.
9.2.5. Public roads – Kerbing, Guttering and Drainage: Council will:
9.2.5.1. 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.
9.2.5.2. Consult fully with affected precinct communities and produce, in 2018, 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.
9.2.6. Public roads – Ease of Movement:
9.2.6.1. 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.
9.2.6.2. 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.
9.2.6.3. Council will investigate implementing a ‘reward system’ for commuter
transport, in appropriate precincts, along the lines of Stanford University’s Parking and
Transport Services innovation, to reduce the number of vehicles on the road and
increase commuter movement efficiency.
9.2.7. Parking – Council will research and develop a plan for projected parking
in the growth corridors and shopping centres
9.2.8. 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.
9.2.9. 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.
9.2.10. 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).
9.3. NSW Government:
9.3.1. 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.
9.3.2. 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.
9.3.3. 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.
9.3.4. 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.
9.4. Federal Government:
9.4.1. 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.
9.4.2. 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
9.4.3. 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.
9.4.4. 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.


No comments are available, as further direct community engagement will be available in the form of a special purpose “wiki” using the open source “Wikimedia” software which is used to power WikiPedia, to be launched shortly after the election at Central Coast Wiki for registration of interested residents to participate.