Faster Rail Land Use Analysis: Sydney to Central West and Sydney to Wollongong and Nowra


In 2019, the NSW Government began developing a Faster Rail Strategy for NSW to identify opportunities for improved rail services to 2056. The vision for the network is to provide a catalyst for economic growth across regional NSW by improving travel between regional centres, cities and international gateways.

Leading a multi-disciplinary team, Mecone were engaged by Transport for NSW to investigate potential land use outcomes to 2056 for a variety of service options across the Sydney to Central West and Sydney to Wollongong and Nowra rail corridors.

Scope of Works

Mecone’s involvement included planning investigations and project management services including:

  • Review of global Fast Rail case studies to understand the spatial and economic outcomes of travel time service improvements for metropolitan and regional areas;
  • Review of the strategic, development and policy context across the Fast Rail corridors;
  • Rapid assessment of stations, walking catchments and surrounds identifying strategic assets and growth opportunities;
  • Mesh block modelling of potential land use outcomes informed by strategic reviews and improvements in travel times to key metropolitan and regional centres;
  • Management and coordination of urban design and economic analysis inputs;
  • Liaison with internal and external stakeholders including planning officers in regional areas; and
  • A comprehensive report outlining incremental growth in dwellings, population and jobs to 2056 for each Fast Rail option and station locality.

Project Facts

Client: Transport for NSW

LGAs: Multiple

Size: NSW

Value: TBD

Sector: Government

Services: Land use and transport planning, urban analytics, project management

Team Members

Ben Hendriks
Mehra Jafari
Jeremy Dwyer
Will Sullivan
Winston Yang

Image courtesy Transport for NSW

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