Transport infrastructure, and its design, can make tangible improvements to places.
Thriving 15-minute neighbourhoods
15-minute neighbourhoods support local communities and healthy lifestyles by prioritising place making, walking, cycling, micromobility and last mile freight. The 15-minute neighbourhood concept will revitalise local centres, promote sustainability and independent mobility for children.
Thriving 15-minute neighbourhoods feature shops, transport and facilities easily accessible by walking or cycling. They have tree canopy cover and shade, quality public spaces, well-designed roads and pathways with safe speeds, and a concentration of activities that bring people onto streets.
Transport for NSW will partner with government, urban developers and councils to set new housing developments in 15-minute neighbourhoods and support a culture of public transport use.
Street space as public space
Great public places for walking, cycling, catching public transport, outdoor dining, socialising and business are critical to the health and vibrancy of urban areas.
Transport for NSW will partner with councils and other local groups to take innovative and creative approaches to manage streets as public spaces. We will provide a road planning, design and management toolbox to support innovative low-cost trial programs that reallocate street space for alternative public uses such as al fresco dining.
Build well-designed transport infrastructure
When Transport for NSW delivers well-designed infrastructure, communities benefit from better mobility, liveability and environmental outcomes for decades.
Transport for NSW will champion design excellence across our infrastructure projects and programs. We will develop and adopt a Designing with Place policy to embed high-quality design and place outcomes across all projects. We will continue to evolve and apply the Movement and Place Framework on streets and roads. We will prioritise creating successful places in our work with government, councils and industry.
Improving the amenity of state roads
State roads are vital to moving freight, people, connecting places and are sometimes a community’s main street. For these sections of state roads, Transport for NSW will make improvements by assessing tree canopy, footpaths, cycleways, traffic lanes, vehicle speeds, bus stops and pedestrian crossings.
Designing with Country
All project design should start with Country by acknowledging and celebrating Country while working actively to address the disadvantages faced by Aboriginal people.
Transport for NSW will help create successful places with the right mix of infrastructure and services to give communities social, cultural and economic outcomes. We will work with Aboriginal communities and Local Aboriginal Land Councils to find ways to acknowledge and visually celebrate Country in all projects.
Transport projects will include green, blue and OCHRE infrastructure
As climate change increases average temperatures, green and blue infrastructure can help offset the heat island effect in urban areas, improve air quality, disperse and absorb pollutants, and protect waterways.
Transport for NSW can improve the liveability and ecology of our towns and cities by retaining and integrating green and blue infrastructure in our networks and projects.
Green infrastructure is managed or constructed vegetated space such as tree planting, green roofs and walls, and parks and open spaces. Blue infrastructure includes swales, rain gardens and artificial wetlands.
Transport for NSW will also deliver OCHRE (Opportunity, Choice, Healing, Responsibility and Empowerment) design that supports strong Aboriginal communities and where Aboriginal people actively influence and fully participate in social, economic and cultural life. Designs are guided by OCHRE principles of opportunity, choice, healing, responsibility, and empowerment. OCHRE planning engages cultural practices and knowledge of Aboriginal community groups with spiritual links to Country.