NSW Road Classification Review
An independent panel has been established, chaired by Ms Wendy Machin, to make recommendations to the NSW Government regarding the transfer of up to 15,000 km of regional roads to the State. The transfer is part of a broader package of support for local councils to better manage and maintain the rural road network. The NSW Road Classification Review (Classification Review) is a key initiative identified in Future Transport 2056 and seeks to make adjustments to the classification policy framework and update the road network to align with the ‘Hub and Spoke’ Transport Network Model and the ‘Movement and Place’ Framework.
The independent panel has commenced the consultation process and both IPWEA NSW and the Road and Transport Directorate have been interviewed.
IPWEA and the Directorate support the transfer of up to 15,000 km of regional roads to the NSW Government if the outcome is the best outcome for the community. We recognise the value for local government in delivering Future Transport 2056, including ‘Hub and Spoke’ Transport Network Model and the ‘Movement and Place’ Framework. Reduction of the financial burden on councils will allow them to redirect additional resources into maintaining the local road network.
We have asked the independent panel to consider the financial implications of the reclassification, creating jobs in regional NSW and changes to the regulatory processes like State and LG strategic planning and building for betterment for our communities.