Roads and Maritime Services
|Roads and Maritime Services|
|Formation||November 1, 2011|
|Headquarters||Sydney, New South Wales|
|Location||New South Wales|
|Membership||New South Wales Government|
Roads and Maritime Services is an agency of the New South Wales Government responsible for building and maintaining road infrastructure and managing the day-to-day compliance and safety for roads and waterways.
The Agency was created on 1 November 2011 from a merger of the Roads and Traffic Authority and NSW Maritime. Planning responsibilities were transferred to Transport for New South Wales, which was created on the same day.
Roads and Maritime Services manages 4,787 bridges and 17,623 km (10,950 mi) of state roads and highways, including 3,105 km (1,929 mi) of national highways, and employs 6,900 staff in more than 180 offices throughout NSW, including 129 Motor Registries Offices.
Roads and Maritime Services is responsible for the registration of vehicles (including the issuing of registration plates) and the issuing of Drivers licences in New South Wales, including testing and administering of licences. Additionally, RMS produces photo cards for identification of non-drivers and issues photographic firearms licences for the New South Wales Police Firearms Registry, security licences also for the New South Wales Police, Commercial Agents & Private Inquiry Agents cards and Mobility Parking Permits.
Major incident response
Within NSW, the Transport Management Centre is responsible for managing special events and unplanned incidents and disseminating information to motorists. It is the central point for identifying and directing the response to incidents such as crashes, breakdowns and spills. It passes on information to the public through the media, the RMS call centre and variable message signs along routes.
In 1999 the NSW Transport Management Centre (TMC) established Traffic Commander and Traffic Emergency Patrol (TEP) services throughout the Greater Urban Area of Sydney to provide 24-hour 365 day a year coverage to "Manage the traffic arrangements around an incident scene and return the road to normal operating conditions with the utmost urgency."
Traffic Commanders take command of traffic management arrangements at an incident (such as a motor vehicle collision) and liaise with other response agencies such as the Police, and assist in clearing the road and minimising the effects and disruption to traffic. Traffic Emergency Patrols vans patrol major road routes and respond to unplanned incidents with the aim of returning the road to normal operating conditions as soon as possible. Both Traffic Commanders and TEP units carry a wide array of traffic management devices such as traffic cones, barrier boards and road signage. Both also are permitted to use and display red and blue emergency lighting and are designated as 'emergency vehicles'.
Car ferry services
- Berowra Waters Ferry, across Berowra Waters
- Lawrence Ferry, across the Clarence River
- Mortlake Ferry, across the Parramatta River in Sydney
- Sackville Ferry, across the Hawkesbury River near the village of Sackville
- Speewa Ferry, across the Murray River between New South Wales and Victoria
- Ulmarra Ferry, across the Clarence River
- Webbs Creek Ferry, across the Hawkesbury River in the village of Wisemans Ferry
- Wisemans Ferry, across the Hawkesbury River in the village of Wisemans Ferry
- Wymah Ferry, across the Murray River between New South Wales and Victoria
RMS is responsible for light operation in the following 13 lighthouses:
- Point Danger Lighthouse
- Fingal Head Light
- Ballina Head Light
- Evans Head Light
- Tacking Point Lighthouse
- Crowdy Head Light
- Point Stephens Light
- Norah Head Light
- Barrenjoey Head Lighthouse
- Kiama Light
- Warden Head Light
- Brush Island Light
- Burrewarra Point Light
Key building projects
Key road building projects that Roads and Maritime Services are undertaking either directly, through contractors or via public/private partnerships, include:
- On-going completion of a minimum four-lane arterial type road, with traffic signals at upgraded intersections from Woodford to Wentworth Falls on the Great Western Highway.
- On-going completion of the upgrading of the remaining two-lane sections of the Hume Highway to dual carriageway (four-lane) standard, by 2012.
- On-going completion of a four-lane dual carriageway of the Princes Highway from the Jervis Bay turnoff to link up with the Sydney Orbital Network near Mascot, by 2014.
- On-going completion of the upgrading of the Pacific Highway to continuous dual carriageway (minimum four-lane) standard between the Pacific Motorway (Sydney–Newcastle) and the Queensland border, by 2016.
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- Great Western Highway
- Sydney to Melbourne strategy
- Hume Highway duplication package
- Coolac Bypass
- Pacific Highway
- Princes Highway strategy.