The New South Wales Government is engaging with the industry on the next Sydney Roads Asset Performance Contracts, which will help to shape the city’s future road maintenance.
Transport for NSW Director Project Implementation, Matt Sweeting, said the latest Industry Liaison session in Sydney was another important step as Transport for NSW works to award new contracts to start in 2021.
“The Stewardship Maintenance Contracts were progressively introduced in 2013 and 2014 with the aim of delivering better value for money and improved services for customers,” Mr Sweeting said.
“Efficiencies driven by the contracts have seen savings of more than five per cent, and as part of the contracts the NSW Government directly or indirectly employs more than 2000 people.
“The new contracts will have the same customer-centric aim and behavioural traits, and incorporate a holistic, network-based approach to improve connectivity, integrate services and better utilise capacity.
“It was great to present this vision to industry, and also to hear from them during an extended Q&A session when we answered key questions about the process.”
Mr Sweeting said maintaining thousands of kilometres of state roads across Sydney was an important part of keeping people moving.
“The condition of the road network can have serious implications for road safety, freight efficiency and the NSW economy,” Mr Sweeting said.
“That’s why the NSW Government spends around $1.5 billion a year across the state on road maintenance, including the upkeep for more than 5000 bridges.”
Overall customer satisfaction with the road network has remained around 85 per cent for private motor vehicles during the term of the contracts.
The Sydney Roads Asset Performance Contracts Industry Liaison was hosted by Roads Australia on Monday 23 September at Symantec House in Sydney. Attendees also included industry-wide stakeholders who weren’t members of Roads Australia.
The first Liaison event was in June 2019, with a third to follow from 9am to 1pm on Monday 25 November 2019.