Customers and the community are set to benefit from historic reforms to the NSW Government’s transport agency, which will result in better thinking, planning and delivery of services now and into the future.
Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will cease to exist following the passage of the Transport Administration Amendment (RMS Dissolution) Bill 2019 through the NSW Parliament tonight. The RMS functions will now be transferred into a new, fully integrated Transport for NSW.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the passage of the Bill marked a historic shift for all transport. “The passing of this Bill enables a more integrated and strategic approach to transport for everybody in the State, leading to better roads and services,” Mr Constance said.
“With a single transport agency we will no longer have roads being built in one corner and transport delivered in another, without anybody talking to each other. These changes will better serve our community with a new fit-for-purpose, ready-to-respond transport agency.”
“With $55.6 billion being invested in transport and roads infrastructure over the next four years, an integrated transport agency that meets the needs of the community is vital.” Mr Toole said changes enabled by the Bill’s passage will strengthen the NSW Government’s focus on delivering integrated transport solutions across the entire state.
“We know how important transport is to our regional and rural communities,” Mr Toole said. “Transport for NSW is now better placed to plan and deliver roads, transport, and freight movements across the regions to support communities, create jobs and drive economic growth. This re-organisation is not about cuts, we have given a solid commitment that there will be no job losses in regional NSW.”
Mr Constance and Mr Toole said there has been significant progress in bringing the two agencies together since the changes were first announced in April. The passing of the Bill formalises these changes and provides clarity and certainty for staff and businesses that previously interacted with RMS.