New-look model unveiled for NSW transport bureaucracy
The NSW transport cluster is to go through a major overhaul in the wake of the NSW election result, with a new focus on ‘customer and place’ rather than mode.
Transport for NSW Secretary, Rodd Staples, said this week the new operating model, which is expected to be in place from July 1, will support integrated service delivery across modes, bring greater focus on transport’s role in making places, and increase the regional voice in our decision making.
The following new divisions will be established:
- the Customer, Strategy and Technology Division will develop long-term strategy across urban and regional areas and leverage new technology and insights to provide more integrated customer-centred solutions;
- the Urban Transport Division will integrate transport modes to deliver customer-centred services and infrastructure for the Sydney metropolitan area;
- the Regional Transport Division will focus on understanding the particular needs of regional communities across NSW and deliver customer-centred integrated transport services and infrastructure;
- the Infrastructure and Place Division will deliver infrastructure solutions that create and connect great places and will be aligned to the new model;
- the Regulation Division will provide regulatory and compliance services across modes to ensure the safe operation of networks;
- the Corporate Services Division will provide effective corporate services and be aligned to the new mode.
Mr Staples said the new model also impacted on the existing transport agency make-up and reporting structure.
Sydney Trains, NSW TrainLink, Sydney Metro and State Transit will remain standalone agencies, working closely with the Urban or Regional Transport divisions to drive better end to end journeys for customers.
However Roads and Maritime Services, the Customer Technology and Services Division, the Freight, Strategy and Planning Division and the h Transport Coordination Division will be integrated into the new model.
Mr Staples said relationships with groups like Roads Australia would continue to be an important focus, adding that the new structure would support even more opportunities to work closely with industry.
Contractors chosen to deliver Cross River Rail
It’s been a big week for CIMIC, with its consortiums picking up two of the three major contracts for Brisbane’s Cross River Rail (CRR) project.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk this week announced the successful consortiums to deliver the projects:
- Tunnel, Stations and Development (TSD) Public Private Partnership package – PULSE Alliance (Pacific Partnerships, CPB Contractors, UGL, BAM and Ghella)
- Rail, Integration and Systems (RIS) package – UNITY Alliance (CPB Contractors and UGL, Jacobs and AECOM)
- European Train Control System (ETCS) - Hitachi Rail STS
CIMIC led the development of the PULSE proposal for the TSD package, with its subsidiary Pacific Partnerships (as lead sponsor) providing 49 per cent of the equity finance. The remaining 51 per cent was provided by DIF, BAM PPP PGGM and Ghella Investments and Partnerships.
CIMIC subsidiary CPB Contractors will deliver the design and construction in a joint venture with Ghella and BAM International, while CIMIC-owned UGL will delivering the mechanical and electrical (M&E) works and provide maintenance services for the project over 24 years.
Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Mark Bailey, said Cross River Rail would be ready to service the South-East by 2024.
“A turn-up-and-go network will encourage people to leave their cars behind, in turn easing congestion and making whole of South East Queensland even more liveable,” he said.
The 10.2 kilometre CRR will run from Dutton Park to Bowen Hills, with a 5.9 kilometre twin tunnel under the Brisbane River and CBD, four new underground stations and upgrades to existing stations.
Government gives pipeline a fresh flush of cash
Infrastructure was a big winner in this week’s Federal Budget. And while the Government was talking up its 10-year, $100 billion pipeline, the numbers that have more immediate impact are in the forward estimates - an average of $7.3 billion a year on infrastructure over the next four years.
HIGHLIGHTS BY STATE AND TERRITORY
• Second round of Urban Congestion Fund (including Commuter Car Parking Fund): $3 billion
• Roads of Strategic Importance: additional $1 billion
• Princes Highway (New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia): $1 billion
• Local and State Government Road Safety Package: $2.2 billion
• National Faster Rail Agency: $14.5 million
• Ml Pacific Motorway Extension to Raymond Terrace: $1.6 billion
• Ml2 Motorway (additional funding): $405 million
• Newell Highway Upgrades: $400 million
• Hawkesbury River Third Crossing: $200 million
• Pooncarie Road to Menindee: $12.5 million
• Western Sydney North South Rail Link Stage 1: $3.5 billion
• Fast Rail Program (Geelong to Melbourne): $2 billion
• Suburban Roads Upgrades (South Eastern Roads and Northern Roads): $1.14 billion
• South Geelong to Waurn Ponds Rail Upgrade - Stages 2 and 3: $700 million
• Western Highway- Complete the duplication Between Ballarat and Stawell: $360 million
• Sealing roads in the Dandenong Ranges and surrounds: $300 million
• Goulburn Valley Highway- Shepparton Bypass Stage 1: $208 million
• Wellington Road Duplication: $110 million
• Gateway Motorway- Bracken Ridge to Pine River: $800 million
• Ml Pacific Motorway Upgrade Program, including Daisy Hill to Logan Motorway: $500 million
• Warrego Highway (additional funding): $320 million
• Cairns Ring Road: $287.2 million
• Gladstone Port Access Road Extension: $100 million
• Tonkin Highway (Additional funding): $348.5 million
• Oats Street/Welshpool Road/Mint Street Level Crossing Removal: $207.5 million
• Albany Ring Road: $140 million
• Fremantle Traffic Bridge (Swan River Crossing): $115 million
• Sunbury Outer Ring Road (Stages 2 and 3): $122 million
• North-South Corridor: $1.5 billion
• South Australian Rural Roads Package: $259.8 million
Budget delivers a boost for roads and transport, but the task is still ahead of us
Whilst welcoming the latest round of Federal infrastructure funding, Roads Australia believes the pace and size of investment needs to grow even more if Australia is to be ‘future ready’ for the challenges of population growth.
“From a transport perspective, there’s a lot to like about this Budget,” Roads Australia President, David Stuart-Watt, said on Wednesday.
“Commuters in our big cities will welcome the $3 billion funding boost to the Urban Congestion Fund.
“The proposed investments in urban and regional rail projects recognise the critical importance mass transit will play in Australia’s future. But we are a long way behind where we should be, and the pace of investment will need to increase markedly over the next decades if we’re to even catch up, let alone get ahead of the curve.
“The Government’s continued commitment to the City Deal process, to the tune of $5.7 billion after last night, is great news for sensible, coordinated and sustainable planning and delivery of services and infrastructure for our key regional centres.
“On the road safety front, the previously announced establishment of an Office of Road Safety and funding for a Road Safety Innovation Fund, are important responses to the recommendations from last year’s National Road Safety Strategy Inquiry – although we await the Government’s response to a number of other recommendations from the Inquiry.”
Mr Stuart-Watt also had praise for the Government’s ongoing commitment to greater transparency in the pipeline.
“This provides industry with the surety to plan its resources and be able to deliver the most cost-effective and innovative infrastructure solutions,” he said.
“One of the critical issues that still needs to be tackled by both the Commonwealth and the states is the question of how we fund roads and transport in the future.
“With fuel excise revenues falling as low and no-emission technology takes off, we urgently need to commence a process to review and reform our road funding base. The Commonwealth must take the lead.”
Mr Stuart-Watt also welcomed the establishment of a Centre of Procurement Excellence under the Department of Finance.
“There is growing recognition across all tiers of government that the procurement process can be simplified, standardised and ultimately strengthened to deliver greater value-for-money outcomes,” he added.