ACT-NSW join forces on PT

Better public transport links will be a top priority under an ACT - NSW Memorandum of Understanding as outlined in the released recently cross-border Annual Report and 2017-18 Worklist

ACT-NSW join forces on PT
ACT and NSW will work together on a number of key public transport projects

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro signed an MOU in support of improved rail services in the Canberra region and between Canberra and Sydney.

"We have had some really good discussions with the NSW Government about improvements to the network, and I’m delighted that we have made a joint submission to the Federal Government’s National Rail Program," Barr says.

"Theagreement that I signed with the former Premier Mike Baird, and reaffirmed with Premier Gladys Berejiklian, has already resulted in some great outcomes for both jurisdictions in health and education.I’m confident that both jurisdictions can now work together to see some significant improvements in travel times between Canberra and Sydney and through the CBR region."

Barilaro agrees, saying the MoU is providing an effective and structured way to tackle cross-border issues.

"I am committed to ensuring communities living on the border of the ACT and NSW are not disadvantaged in any way, and they get the services and facilities they deserve," he says.

"Given there’s an estimated 20,000 daily traffic movements from NSW into the ACT, transport planning strategies that recognise the cross-border intersection, including the draft NSW Future Transport 2056 Strategy are underway to make life easier for commuters."

NSW Cross-Border Commissioner James McTavish says the Annual Report and Worklist reveal significant progress and an ambitious schedule of projects for the coming 12 months, delivering benefits for border residents and further cementing the cross-border relationship between NSW and the ACT.

Another key projects identified is to arrange for transport options such as taxis, ride sharing and courtesy buses to operate legally across borders.

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