Council's role in Transport

What does Council do?

  • Council makes land use decisions and guides development outcomes, which impact on transport outcomes
  • Council owns and manages approximately 745km of local roads and 44km of regional roads
  • In accordance with its delegation from Roads and Maritime Services, Council undertakes traffic management on local roads and regional roads, including traffic planning and investigations, regulation of works, structures and activities, and processing of road freight applications
  • Council constructs, inspects and manages footpaths and cycle paths and associated infrastructure such as bike parking, in the public domain
  • Council is a parking authority and as such can establish and operate pay parking schemes, define restricted parking areas, and establish permit parking schemes
  • Council is an owner and provider of off-street and on-street parking, and is responsible for enforcement of parking rules throughout the city
  • Council, in its capacity as a roads authority, approves the location of transport stops and at its discretion, provides infrastructure such as seating and shelters
  • Council has an advocacy role, on behalf of the Newcastle community, to other levels of government for improvements in transport in the city and funding to meet transport needs.
The Newcastle community has indicated that they want a connected city, in which walking, cycling and public transport are viable options for the majority of our trips.  The Newcastle Transport Strategy, adopted by Council in December 2014, outlines Council's actions to contribute to this vision.