Wagga Wagga Integrated Transport Strategy
Wagga Wagga City Council will finalise an Integrated Transport Strategy for the city in 2017 and Committee 4 Wagga have been active in providing feedback and recommendations during the development of the Strategy, most recently providing a detailed response to the Independent Peer Review published on Council’s behalf by MRCagney on February 20, 2017. C4Wagga is supportive of Council undertaking the development of an Integrated Transport Strategy and believes the document can be an important resource to facilitate growth and progress. In a 2017 survey of C4Wagga members, the Integrated Transport Strategy was rated as one of the city’s most important strategic documents. This emphasises the need to produce a collaborative, cohesive document planning for the infrastructure that is essential to support, sustain and ultimately encourage the city’s growth.
Significant congestion at key locations is currently constraining the city’s growth and it is important to recognise the need to plan and prepare to resolve these issues within documents such as the Integrated Transport Strategy. C4Wagga ’s submission focuses on the need to progress key infrastructure projects in conjunction with strategies such as changes to land zoning and planning policy. It is hoped the final document will incorporate the feedback and deliver a strong vision for the city’s transport networks.
The projects and initiatives supported by C4Wagga include immediately upgrading the Glenfield Road corridor encompassing the Dobney Avenue/Pearson Street roundabouts. The road is one of the most congested in the city and the main arterial route to and from the central business area for an estimated 8,000 residents, expected to grow to over 11,000 as residential areas become further developed. In addition, the Dobney Avenue roundabouts are becoming more and more accident prone as congestion increases.
C4Wagga’s submission highlights the need to begin planning for duplication of the Gobbagombalin Bridge and encourages Council to work with the NSW Government to identify funding sources. C4Wagga does not support the concept of discouraging residential growth in the northern suburbs to mitigate future demand on the bridge, as congestion on the bridge will worsen even if further development is limited.
The Integrated Transport Strategy is designed to guide the city’s transport related planning and investment until 2043, therefore it is highly important that a long term vision for the city is outlined, including projects such as a Sturt Highway alternate route around Wagga Wagga’s central business area. Our submission nominated the southern orbital route as the preferred option and we have encouraged this to be included within the Strategy to enable the preservation of road corridors for this project.
Wagga Wagga City Council
Committee 4 Wagga
Consider and incorporate the priorities outlined within the C4Wagga submission to produce a strong vision for the city’s transport networks that will support, sustain and ultimately encourage the city’s growth.