Draft transport strategy to be considered for public exhibition

Published: 18 May 2017 9:46am

Council will consider placing the draft Wagga Wagga Integrated Transport Strategy and Implementation Plan 2040 (WWITS 2040) on public exhibition at the May Council Meeting.

Manager City Strategy Tristan Kell says all of the hundreds of conversations, submissions and contributions collected during the consultation process were considered in the drafting of the strategy.

“WWITS 2040 is a blueprint for transport that offers real choices for people, and reflects the needs and expectations of a community that is growing at a rapid rate,” he said.

“The strategy supports a city that is active, safe, healthy and vibrant and enhances Wagga Wagga’s position as a leading regional city.

“While the City is driving this strategy we will need an all of community approach to deliver it and we will be working with industry, local businesses, Federal Government, NSW Government and agencies such as Roads and Maritime Services and Transport for NSW.”

WWITS 2040 is wide reaching and addresses six key areas; integrated land use, parking, freight and logistics, road network, active travel and public transport.

Within these six areas is an integrated approach to address a range of topics raised by the community, stakeholders and industry experts. Strategies include, but are not limited to:

  • Improving cycling infrastructure, corridors and networks
  • Prioritising people over motor vehicles in the core of the city
  • Investigating innovative public transport initiatives for locals and visitors
  • Implementing measures to increase the likelihood of the NSW Government duplicating the Gobbagombalin Bridge
  • Supporting development in the northern growth area through appropriate structure planning
  • Improve parking in the CBD and health precinct by implementing a pathway to build multistorey car parks, providing better pedestrian access and working with local businesses to investigate future paid parking options in key areas
  • Preserving a corridor within local planning instruments for a southern heavy vehicle bypass
  • Prioritising Bomen as an intermodal hub connected to the Inland Rail Network
  • Pathway for potential duplication of Glenfield Road and Pearson Street
  • Working with RMS to improve the Olympic Highway and Old Narrandera Road intersection

Read the draft strategy document in full on the website: www.wagga.nsw.gov.au/wwits

Council will consider placing WWITS 2040 on public exhibition at the Ordinary Meeting on Monday 22 May 2017.