There will always be cars travelling to and from the city centre.
Sydney congestion is worsening every year. The City of Sydney is looking at a range of ideas to keep transport moving, this includes making it easier for cars to get around.
Last night, during Council's Planning Development and Transport Committee meeting, Councillors unanimously recommended that this report be put on public exhibition for a period of six weeks so that the community has an opportunity to give feedback.
The draft report was produced to encourage discussion and to provide input into the State Government's overall Transport Plan.
Parking is only a small part of the draft report which also outlines a number of bold and exciting proposals to improve conditions for the 85 per cent of people commuting to the city by public transport, bikes and walking.
This includes re-configuration of the 192 bus-routes coming into the city so they are reliable, more train services across more of the day, less waiting to cross at traffic signals, light rail on George Street and ideas about how to support an additional 300 000 people in Sydney each day by 2030.
On street parking is used by few people in the city centre because the great majority of drivers are all day commuters. The cost of commuter (off street) parking has reduced in the past year in many City carparks.
Small reductions in parking are only targeted at new developments at a rate of about one percent a year and are generally supported by developers who have seen a drop in demand for parking. For example, Barangaroo developer Lend Lease proposes only 425 parking bays expecting that most people will come by public transport.
There is a demand in the CBD for new apartments without parking because they are cheaper and the CBD is well serviced by other transport options including car share.
If bold approaches are not taken, the City will be close to standstill in 20 years as we try to cope with 300 000 more people and another 1800 buses in the City per day. We don't have the ability to change the space between buildings.
Sydney's overall population is set to increase by over one-third by 2036. The City is one of the fastest growing areas with 60 per cent more residents and 31 per cent more jobs expected between 2006 and 2036. Changes to transport take many years to implement, as we have seen with the North West and South West heavy rail lines.
Congestion will choke our city and with residents, workers and visitors already make over a million trips to, from and within the city every day we all deserve better.
We need to make sure we have a co-ordinated approach to transport - the City is determined to work constructively with the State Government to make it much easier for people to move in and around our City.
The draft report contains a number of targets that complement the NSW Government's State Plan transport targets. State targets include increasing the share of commuter trips by public transport to Sydney CBD in peak hours to 80%, more than doubling bicycle trips and increasing the share of walking trips to 25% all by 2016.
The City's targets are:
- Five per cent reduction in public transport travel time to the city by 2020
- Reduce pedestrian delays at the city's 20 most important intersections by 10 per cent
- Improve speed of on-street public transport by 10 per cent by 2015
- Ensure sufficient on-and-off street loading capacity for commercial vehicles
- An eight per cent increase in public transport capacity by 2015 and 35 per cent by 2036
- 10 per cent of local trips by bike and 50 per cent by walking by 2030
- All major land-use developments to have approved and funded transport plans by 2015.
See the draft plan in full: Connecting Our City