Recently, there have been a number of city shaping transport projects in Australian cities where an integrated transport and land use approach must be considered in project development. However, the transport and land use planning for major infrastructure projects is often not well aligned, resulting in poor urban outcomes or lost opportunities associated with major investment in transit amenity.
The role of governance and genuine stakeholder engagement has the potential to be better understood by practitioners involved in large and complex transport projects. These city shaping mega-projects change where people choose to live, work and play, and where businesses choose to locate - ultimately influencing urban form. Moving from the traditional ‘predict and provide’ approach to a vision-led, integrated transport and land use planning, enables the broader land use and economic vision to be realised, providing a better outcome.
The primary aim of this paper is to identify the drivers of success for large-scale, complex transport mega- projects. In doing so, the role of governance and genuine engagement (or collaboration) is explored with the objective of establishing themes that can lead to optimised outcomes for public transport mega- projects.