Transport for NSW

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Transport for NSW
Transport for NSW logo.svg
Agency overview
Formed1 November 2011
Preceding agencies
TypeStatutory authority
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Ministers responsible
Agency executive
Parent Agency New South Wales Department of Transport
Key document
Website www.transport.nsw.gov.au

Transport for NSW, sometimes abbreviated to TfNSW, and pronounced as Transport for New South Wales, is an agency of the New South Wales Government established on 1 November 2011, and is the leading transport and roads agency in New South Wales, Australia. The agency is a different entity to the New South Wales Department of Transport, a department of the New South Wales Government and the ultimate parent entity of Transport for NSW. [1]

Contents

The agency's function since its creation is to building transport infrastructure and manage transport services in New South Wales. Since absorbing Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) in December 2019, [2] the agency is also responsible for building and maintaining road infrastructure, managing the day-to-day compliance and safety for roads and waterways, and vehicle and driving license registrations.

The authority reports to the New South Wales Minister for Transport and Roads and the Minister for Regional Transport and Roads. [3] [4] [5] Ultimately the ministers are responsible to the Parliament of New South Wales.

History

Predecessor transport departments

Ministry of Transport (1932–1990)

In March 1932, the first Department of Transport in New South Wales was formed. [6] Following the dismissal of the Lang government in May and the subsequent state election in June, in December 1932, the department was replaced by the Ministry of Transport, which was divided into three departments: [7] [8]

In June 1952, the Department of Road Transport and Tramways was further split into:

  • Department of Transport and Highways, soon renamed the Department of Motor Transport (June 1952 - January 1989) [12]
  • Department of Government Tram and Omnibus Services, soon renamed Department of Government Transport (June 1952 - October 1972) [13]

In October 1972, the Department of Government Transport and Department of Railways were abolished and were replaced by the Public Transport Commission, which continued to be part of the Ministry of Transport. The Ministry of Transport was later briefly known as Ministry of Transport and Highway between January 1975 and October 1978. In January 1989, the Department of Main Roads, Department of Motor Transport, and Traffic Authority of New South Wales merged to form Roads and Traffic Authority of New South Wales (RTA). [14]

Subsequent departments (1990–2011)

In January 1990, the Ministry of Transport was abolished and replaced by a new Department of Transport and its successors:

  • Department of Transport (January 1990 - April 2003) [15] - briefly branded as Transport NSW between 2001 and April 2003 [16] [17]
  • Transport Co-Ordination Authority (April 2003 - July 2003) - interim [18] [19]
  • Ministry of Transport (July 2003 - July 2009)
  • Department of Transport and Infrastructure (July 2009 - July 2010) - branded as NSW Transport and Infrastructure (NSWTI) [20] [21]
  • Transport NSW (July 2010 - April 2011)

Creation of Transport for NSW

After winning the 2011 state election, the new Liberal-Nationals government under Barry O'Farrell renamed the transport department from Transport NSW back to Department of Transport. [22] Later that year, in November 2011, the Transport for NSW was formed as a government agency and subsumed the Transport Construction Authority and the Country Rail Infrastructure Authority, and took over the planning and coordination functions of RailCorp, the State Transit Authority and Roads & Maritime Services from the Department of Transport. [23] It also absorbed the functions, assets and/or liabilities of Sydney Metro Authority, Public Transport Ticketing Corporation as well as some functions from the NSW Department of Planning & Infrastructure. [24]

The entities that were under Transport for NSW upon its creation, as underlined in the Transport Legislation Amendment Act 2011, were: [25]

The Department of Transport continues to exist as a government department and the ultimate parent entity of Transport for NSW and its entitles or divisions. [26] [27] [28]

Sydney Ferries

Transport for NSW contracted the Sydney ferry services to Harbour City Ferries in 2011, who started operations in 2012 and then Transdev Sydney Ferries in 2019. Transport for NSW continues to own the ferry fleet and the Balmain shipyard through its entity "Sydney Ferries". [24] This entity is not to be confused with the branding of ferries in Sydney, which also uses the brand "Sydney Ferries".

Purchase of Sydney Light Rail and Sydney Monorail

Transport for NSW established the "MTS Holding Company" on 12 March 2012, and through the holding company, purchased Metro Transport Sydney, the owner of the Sydney Light Rail and the Sydney Monorail, on 23 March 2012 for $19.8 million. [24] The company, light rail and the monorail also became under control of Transport for NSW and the government. [29] The Sydney Monorail was closed down on 1 July 2013, and on the same day, the Metro Light Rail brand was phased out as part of a broader rebranding and reorganisation of public transport services in New South Wales. [30] The light rail also became under direct ownership of Transport for NSW. [31] [32] The process of shutting down Metro Transport Sydney and transferring assets to Transport for NSW was completed in September 2014 with the deregistration of MTS Holding Company. [33] [34]

New railway agencies

Operation and maintenance functions of RailCorp were passed on to two newly-formed government agencies, Sydney Trains and NSW Trains in July 2013, initially as subsidiaries of RailCorp. However, Sydney Trains and NSW Trains are not controlled entities of RailCorp, but are instead controlled by Transport for NSW. [35] The suburban services of CityRail (also a part of RailCorp) were transferred to Sydney Trains, while CountryLink (also a part of RailCorp) and the intercity services of CityRail were passed on to NSW Trains, trading as NSW TrainLink. As a result, CityRail and CountryLink were abolished.

In July 2017, Sydney Trains and NSW Trains became independent and standalone agencies under Transport for NSW, and ceased to be subsidiaries of RailCorp. [36] [37] At the same time, the Residual Transport Corporation (RTC) was formed. RailCorp continued to exist as the railway asset owner until 1 July 2020, when it was converted into a state-owned corporation and renamed Transport Asset Holding Entity (TAHE). [38] [39] [40] [41] The RTC will then own assets that are not suitable for TAHE ownership. [36]

In July 2018, the Sydney Metro Delivery Office, which was formed in 2011, was converted into a standalone Sydney Metro operating agency under Transport for NSW, similar to Sydney Trains and NSW Trains. [42]

Amalgamation of Transport and Road agencies

After the 2019 state election, the government announced they would be merging Roads & Maritime Services (RMS) into Transport for NSW, to integrate roads and transport into a single agency. [43] Legislation to dissolve RMS and transfer its functions to Transport for NSW was passed in the NSW Parliament and granted royal assent in November 2019. [44] [45] RMS was dissolved and merged into Transport for NSW on 1 December 2019. [2]

A Sydney Trains A set in service at Summer Hill station in Sydney Sydney Trains A set Waratah A63.jpg
A Sydney Trains A set in service at Summer Hill station in Sydney

Purpose

The authority develops regulations, policies and legislation to ensure that transport is delivered to a high standard, meets community needs, protects assets and public money, minimises environmental impact, and ensures the community is safe. The authority manages an annual multibillion-dollar transport budget and in partnership with the transport operating agencies manages more than A$106 billion in property, plant and equipment assets. Funding is provided for bus, rail, light rail, roads, ferry and community transport services and related infrastructure. The authority also funds concession schemes such as the School Student Transport Scheme, the Private Vehicle Conveyance Scheme and the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme. [1]

Organisational structure

An Endeavour railcar operated by NSW TrainLink Endeavour railcars 2801 and 2851 (30621845427).jpg
An Endeavour railcar operated by NSW TrainLink
A Bustech VST bodied Scania K280UB operated by State Transit operating on the Sydney bus network Transport NSW liveried (2601 ST), operated by Sydney Buses, Bustech VST bodied Scania K280UB.jpg
A Bustech VST bodied Scania K280UB operated by State Transit operating on the Sydney bus network
An Urbos 3 operating on the Sydney light rail network 2119 passing Market City (27807206220).jpg
An Urbos 3 operating on the Sydney light rail network
An Alstom Metropolis automated train in service on the Sydney Metro network Sydney Metro Kellyville Sunset1.jpg
An Alstom Metropolis automated train in service on the Sydney Metro network
A "First Fleet" class ferry in service on the Sydney Ferries network Scarborough, Pyrmont Bay, 2017 (01).jpg
A "First Fleet" class ferry in service on the Sydney Ferries network

The authority was initially created as an integrated transport authority with six divisions, each headed by a deputy director general: [46]

As of July 2019, Transport for NSW is structured as follows: [47]

Entities

The NSW Department of Transport comprises the following entities: [48]

Transport Service of NSW is an agency created in November 2011, in charge of employing staff for Transport for NSW, which cannot directly employ staff, to undertake its functions. The Transport Service also directly employs staff for State Transit Authority (STA), as well as senior executives of Sydney Trains and NSW Trains. [49]

As of July 2020, the entities of Transport for NSW, as detailed in Transport Administration Act 1988, are: [50]

Out of these, STA, Sydney Trains, Sydney Metro authority, and NSW Trains are government transport agencies. [47]

Departmental leadership

There have been four departmental leaders of Transport for New South Wales since 2011:

OrdinalNameTitleTerm startTerm endTime in officeNotes
1Les WielingaDirector-General20 April 201124 September 20132 years, 157 days [52] [53]
2Dave Stewart17 October 201316 February 20151 year, 122 days [54] [55]
3Tim Reardon Secretary 1 July 201510 November 20172 years, 132 days [56] [57]
4Rodd Staples18 November 201719 February 20213 years, 93 days [58] [57] [59] [60]
5Rob Sharp7 April 2021incumbent0 days [61]

Public transport services

The branding for public transport in NSW, dubbed 'The Hop'. The Hop Transport logo.svg
The branding for public transport in NSW, dubbed 'The Hop'.
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TfNSW T.svg
TfNSW B.svg
TfNSW F.svg
TfNSW L.svg
The icons used to identify and denote different forms of public transport under the TFNSW network. Left to right: metro, trains, buses, ferries, light rail
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Bus (B) and light-rail (L) icons

Transport for NSW directly manages most train, bus, ferry and light rail services in New South Wales. The authority manages the route design, timetabling and branding of these services and also provides passenger information via printed material, a telephone service and a website. [62] Operation of the services is contracted out to a mixture of other government-owned organisations and private enterprise. [63]

Transport for NSW public transport services are simply branded Transport. The following sub-brands are used depending on the type of service:

Passengers made 765 million public transport journeys in the 2017-18 financial year. [64] Patronage on the Sydney rail network increased during this periodcustomer patronage grew by 10.5 per cent, while intercity patronage grew by 11 per cent. [65] [66]

Transport Info

Transport for NSW provides a trip planner and transport service information on its customer service website, www.transportnsw.info, and via its 24-hour information line, 131500. [62] These services, outsourced to Serco since July 2010, were previously known as the Transport InfoLine or simply 131500. [67] A parallel Teletype service for hearing and speech impaired passengers is available on 1800 637 500.

Infrastructure

Public transport projects

Current

ProjectModeCompletion date
Parramatta Light Rail (stage 1) Light rail 2023
Sydney Metro City & Southwest Rapid transit 2024
Sydney Metro West Rapid transit Second half of the 2020s
Sydney Metro – Western Sydney Airport (stage 1) Rapid transit Western Sydney Airport opening (2026)
Automatic Train Protection Systems / Digital Train Radio Systems Commuter rail ongoing
Transport Access Program Public transport interchange ongoing
More Trains More Services Commuter rail ongoing

Completed

ProjectModeCompletedNotes
Kingsgrove to Revesby quadruplication Rail Clearways Program Suburban rail April 2013
Liverpool Turnback January 2014
Lilyfield - Dulwich Hill Light Rail Extension Light rail March 2014
Monorail Removal Project Monorail April 2014
Auburn stabling sidings Suburban railSeptember 2014
Opal Card rollout Electronic ticketing December 2014
South West Rail Link Suburban railFebruary 2015
Gosford passing loops Northern Sydney Freight
Corridor Program
Freight rail February 2015
North Strathfield underpassJune 2015
Epping to Thornleigh triplicationJune 2016
Wynyard Walk Pedestrian September 2016 [68]
Newcastle Light Rail Light rail18 February 2019 [69]
Sydney Metro Northwest Rapid transit May 2019
CBD and South East Light Rail L2 Randwick LineLight rail14 December 2019 [70]
L3 Kingsford Line3 April 2020 [71]

Roads

Some of the following key road building projects were inherited from Roads & Maritime Services in December 2019.

Current

ProjectDescriptionCompletion date
Princes Highway upgradeUpgrading to four-lane dual carriageway from the Jervis Bay turnoff to link up with the Sydney Orbital Network near Mascot ongoing
WestConnex 2023
Sydney Gateway 2024
Western Harbour Tunnel & Beaches Link 2026 to 2028
M12 Motorway Western Sydney Airport opening (2026)

Completed

ProjectDescriptionCompletion date
NorthConnex 31 October 2020
Pacific Highway upgradeUpgrading to continuous minimum four-lane dual carriageway between the Hexham and Tweed Heads December 2020

Related Research Articles

CityRail

CityRail was an Australian passenger railway brand operated by the State Rail Authority from 1989 to 2003 and by RailCorp from 2003 to 2013 with services in and around Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, the three largest cities in New South Wales as well as some rail replacement bus services. It was established in January 1989 and abolished in June 2013 when it was superseded by Sydney Trains and NSW TrainLink.

RailCorp

Rail Corporation New South Wales (RailCorp) was an agency of the State of New South Wales, Australia established under the Transport Administration Act 1988 in 2004. It was a division under the control of Transport for NSW since the latter's establishment in 2011. RailCorp was converted into a state-owned corporation and renamed Transport Asset Holding Entity of New South Wales (TAHE) on 1 July 2020.

The State Rail Authority, a former statutory authority of the Government of New South Wales, was responsible for the operation and maintenance of railways in the Australian state of New South Wales from July 1980 until December 2003.

Airport Link, Sydney

The Airport Link is a railway line in Australia connecting Sydney Airport to the Central Business District and the south-western suburbs of Sydney. With the exception of Wolli Creek, the Airport Line stations are operated by a private company, the Airport Link Company, as part of a public private partnership. The contract allows the company to charge a surcharge on top of the normal fare. The line is served by Sydney Trains T8 Airport & South line services.

State Transit Authority

The State Transit Authority, also referred to as State Transit or STA, is an agency of the Government of New South Wales operating bus services in Sydney. Superseding the Urban Transit Authority in 1989, It was also responsible for the provision of ferry services in Sydney until 2004 and bus and ferry services in Newcastle until 2017. It is scheduled to cease trading in 2022 with its remaining operations to be contracted out by Transport for NSW to replacement operators.

The New South Wales Department of Planning and Environment was a department of the New South Wales Government between 2014 and 2019, responsible for effective and sustainable planning to support the growth in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Up until its abolition, it made plans based on evidence for the state’s cities and regions, working with the community, business and local government to create places for people in NSW to live, work and spend their leisure time, while ensuring good access to transport and other services like shops and restaurants. The Department was also responsible for the evidence-based assessment of state significant development applications. In 2015-16 the Department approved major projects worth A$20 billion.

Transportation in Sydney

Transport in Sydney is provided by an extensive network of public transport operating modes including suburban rail, light rail, buses, metro and ferries, as well as an expansive network of roadways, cycleways and airports. According to the 2006 census, in terms of travel to work or study Sydney has the highest rate of public transport usage among the Australian capital cities of 26.3% with more than 80% of weekday trips to/from Central Sydney being made by public transport. According to the New South Wales State Plan, the state has Australia's largest public transport system. The public transport network is regulated by Transport for NSW.

South West Rail Link

The South West Rail Link is a railway line serving the developing suburbs of south-western Sydney, Australia between Glenfield and Leppington. Services form part of the Sydney Trains commuter rail network. It opened on 8 February 2015.

Transport in New South Wales Overview of transport in New South Wales, Australia

An extensive multi-modal transport system serves the state of New South Wales, Australia. The lead government agency responsible for the network's operation and development is Transport for New South Wales.

RailCorp Transit Officer

Transit Officers were the primary law enforcement authority for RailCorp train services in New South Wales, Australia. Transit Officers conducted uniformed and plainclothes patrols on CityRail and CountryLink train services and assigned to ensure the security of passengers, staff and rail property. The position was created in 2002 after a report found that rail security required more authority than possessed by the Chubb Security security guards contracted by RailCorp. Official figures show that to date over 600 Transit Officers have been engaged, but the number was scheduled to be cut back to 150.

Sydney Metro Northwest was a project to construct a rapid transit link to the north-western suburbs of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The link connects the suburbs of Rouse Hill and Chatswood via Castle Hill and Epping. The project was managed by Transport for NSW through its Sydney Metro agency.

Opal card

Opal is a contactless fare collection system for public transport services in the greater Sydney area and most other urban areas of New South Wales, Australia. Operation of the Opal system is managed by the New South Wales Government's transport authority, Transport for NSW. First launched in late 2012, Opal is valid on Transport for NSW's bus, rail, light rail and ferry services that operate in Sydney and the neighbouring Central Coast, Hunter Region, Blue Mountains, Illawarra and Southern Highlands areas. Opal equipment was designed from the start to support a variety of cards, but launched with the captive Opal cards.

Roads and Maritime Services

Roads and Maritime Services was an agency of the New South Wales Government responsible for building and maintaining road infrastructure and managing the day-to-day compliance and safety for roads and waterways.

NSW TrainLink

NSW TrainLink is an Australian coach and train operator providing services throughout New South Wales and into the Australian Capital Territory. It also operates some interstate services to Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. It is the operating name of NSW Trains, an agency of Transport for NSW.

Sydney Trains Operator of passenger rail services in metropolitan Sydney

Sydney Trains is the operator of the suburban passenger rail network serving the city of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The network is a hybrid urban-suburban rail system with a central underground core that covers over 813 km (505 mi) of track and 170 stations over eight lines. It has metro-equivalent train frequencies of every three minutes or better in the underground core, 5–10 minutes off-peak at most inner-city and major stations and 15 minutes off-peak at most minor stations. During the weekday peak, train services are more frequent, while frequency decreases on weekends and off-peak.

Inner West Light Rail Light rail line in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The Inner West Light Rail is a 12.8 km light rail line in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, running from Central railway station through the Inner West to Dulwich Hill and serving 23 stops. It is the original line of the Sydney light rail network, and was originally known as Sydney Light Rail. Light rail services on the line are now branded as the L1 Dulwich Hill Line.

Sydney Metro Transit system in Sydney, Australia

Sydney Metro is a fully automated rapid transit system operating in Sydney, New South Wales. Currently consisting of one line that opened on 26 May 2019, it runs from Tallawong to Chatswood and consists of 13 stations and 36 km (22.4 mi) of twin tracks, mostly underground. Work is progressing to extend this line from Chatswood to Bankstown, running under Sydney Harbour and the Sydney Central Business District (CBD) with a scheduled 2024 completion. When completed, this line will have 66 km (41.0 mi) of twin tracks and 31 stations.

Parramatta Light Rail

The Parramatta Light Rail is a project for a twelve-kilometre (seven-mile) light rail line in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, which is currently under construction. The line will run from Westmead to Carlingford via the Western Sydney centre of Parramatta. The initial announcement of the project also included an eastern branch from Camellia to Strathfield. Plans to construct this branch were deferred in February 2017, and in October the original plans were replaced with a redesigned and truncated route to Sydney Olympic Park. The project will add to light rail in Sydney but the new line will be completely separated from the existing lines. It is being managed by Transport for NSW.

The 2010s saw many developments relating to transport in the Australian city of Sydney, New South Wales. The decade saw a substantial investment in infrastructure, including a new airport, motorway projects, light rail lines, Australia's first metro system, the new Waratah fleet and the demise of the non-air conditioned S sets from the rail network. Planning and branding of public transport services became substantially more centralised.

Transport Asset Holding Entity of New South Wales (TAHE) is a state-owned corporation of the New South Wales Government in New South Wales, Australia, established under the Transport Administration Act 1988. It was converted and renamed from RailCorp on 1 July 2020. As a state-owned corporation, it is not an agency or division of Transport for NSW.

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