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Old February 16th, 2014, 07:05 PM   #201
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Some renders of the North West Rail Link from the project website. All images taken from below link.
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Old February 17th, 2014, 03:24 AM   #202
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I really like the idea of the high automation that this system will have.

Hopefully this will translate to efficiencies in reality.
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Old February 17th, 2014, 08:05 AM   #203
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Full automation and block signalling (IIRC) allows for headways of typically between 1 and 2 minutes ie. 30 trains per hour or over. In one case I've seen trains running less than a minute apart, dunno how they manage that It'll be an improvement over the current rail system.

And a video from the link above giving an overview of the project. As explained the new line will be the first stage of what will eventually become Australia's first genuine metro network.


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Old February 17th, 2014, 08:31 AM   #204
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Very nice vedio..tq..

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Old February 17th, 2014, 09:10 AM   #205
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It does seem to be an excessive frequency and quality of service for sprawlburbia compared to the service quality and frequency to far more dense portions of the city.
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Old February 17th, 2014, 02:50 PM   #206
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The rail line was a key election promise when this government came into power in 2010. Originally it was intended to be an extension of the existing Sydney Trains network but halfway through they decided to modernise and use it as an introduction of a completely new rail system to the city.

Though it's not that it doesn't make too much sense - the line will run through an area with a large concentration of some the city's largest employment and education hubs, such as the Norwest business park, Macquarie Park and Chatswood, which means there'll be major 'drop off' stations along the length the line rather than one where it's only pick ups to downtown. The faster loading and unloading times of a metro would make more sense. Initially it'll run with a frequency of every 5 minutes on peak and every 10 off peak and that will be increased as growth demands.

What's more is that with the introduction of the rail line it is planned for the density of the areas around it to be significantly increased (see here). Specifically the government has (or will) declared the areas around most of the stations as 'Urban activation precincts', which is their term for massively increasing densities in those areas (eg. this or this).

The first high rises for the area have in fact already been proposed, despite the rail line still being 5 years away. (eg. here)

The important thing is that the rail line is being built to cater for future growth. It's acting as a catalyst for density increases along the line and in the future around the entire metro network.

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Old February 26th, 2014, 08:19 PM   #207
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Dulwich Hill light rail extension to open in March, says Gladys Berejiklian

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The tram extension to Dulwich Hill should open in March, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian has said, as long as no problems emerge during track testing.

But commuters using the new service may have to wait for service frequencies to increase, as the government awaits the delivery of another 10 trams in the next 18 months.

Ms Berejiklian announced on Wednesday major construction of the nine new light rail stops between Lilyfield and Dulwich Hill was now completed, and the tracks and infrastructure were ready.

The only thing left to do is test the vehicles, on what will be the first major piece of public transport infrastructure opened under the O'Farrell government.
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Old February 26th, 2014, 08:20 PM   #208
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Old February 27th, 2014, 11:55 AM   #209
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Inner West Light Rail Extension - Currenty U/C

Construction of the Inner West Light Rail Extension is on track for services to begin in early 2014.

Since major construction started in November 2012 there has been significant progress. Work is currently underway on all nine of the new light rail stops.

The stops are already starting to take shape with platforms in place at Waratah Mills and Lewisham West. Over the coming months the project team will complete construction of platforms for the remaining seven stops.

The project includes:
* A 5.6 kilometre extension of the light rail from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill
* Nine new light rail stops: Leichhardt North, Hawthorne, Marion, Taverners Hill, Lewisham West, Waratah Mills, Arlington, Dulwich Grove and Dulwich Hill Interchange
* Procurement of new light rail vehicles
* Installation of power, safety, communications and signalling systems
* Real-time passenger information at the new and existing stops
* New access paths and facilities for changing between transport modes
* Kiss and ride parking and dedicated accessible parking spaces
* Measures to protect wildlife habitat and native vegetation along the rail corridor
expansion of the existing light rail stabling facility in Pyrmont.


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Tram bridge by highplains68, on Flickr

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Dulwich Hill Light Rail Extension - Update 16 March 2013 by john cowper, on Flickr

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Dulwich Hill Light Rail Extension - Instant update - 31 March 2013 by john cowper, on Flickr

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Dulwich Hill Light Rail Extension - Instant update - 31 March 2013 by john cowper, on Flickr

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Inner West Light Rail Extension, Dulwich Hill, Sydney, NSW by dunedoo, on Flickr
Almost after 60 years, tram will run again towards Dulwich Hill. This timo on completely reserved track, converted from a goods train line!!!
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Old February 27th, 2014, 12:02 PM   #210
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I would expect it to be much faster being a dedicated track.

However the video above doesn't show this.
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Old March 5th, 2014, 02:43 PM   #211
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T1 Northern Line: Hornsby and Epping to City via Strathfield

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Old March 7th, 2014, 06:46 AM   #212
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The map of former tram network. Just see how gigantic it was, and served Dulwich Hill on a different route.



Downtown network was dense. Thankfully they are correcting their mistake a part, by returning tram in downtown again.
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Old March 12th, 2014, 01:33 PM   #213
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Parramatta light rail to Macquarie Park in the mix

A LIGHT rail line from Parramatta up to Castle Hill and out to Macquarie Park is shaping as a likely 2015 Coalition *election promise.

The state government has included the concept in its strategy for lands it owns in Parramatta North.

The plans announced by government planning agency Urban Growth NSW includes a map containing light rail through Parramatta, raising hopes the light rail lines to Macquarie Park, Castle Hill and Bankstown could become a reality.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian confirmed yesterday that it was “in the mix”.




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Old March 21st, 2014, 08:08 PM   #214
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Today:

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Sydney light rail extension to open soon
March 21, 2014, 1:02pm

Light rail services between central Sydney and Dulwich Hill in the inner west will begin next week, with services running every 10 minutes during peak times.

Work on the $176 million track extension finished last month but about 250 hours of safety testing was needed before the project could be given the go ahead.

"Come March 27, next Thursday, customers will be able to go all the way from central to Dulwich Hill on the new inner west light rail extension," NSW transport minister Gladys Berejiklian said.

Journeys from the city to Dulwich Hill on the extension will take about 40 minutes.

But Ms Berejiklian said the benefit of the light rail service was its regular departures.

"In the peak, passengers can expect a turn-up-and-go service every 10 minutes and in the off-peak they'll get a regular 15 minutes service," she said.
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Old March 24th, 2014, 04:08 PM   #215
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Official map of the light rail network once the new extension opens.
http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/site...twork-2014.pdf
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Dulwich Grove stop, taken from TfNSW's website:

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With the introduction of the line extension tomorrow, the Urbos 2s leased from Spain seems to be in service judging from this video:



The Urbos 3s will be progressively introduced.
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Updated light rail map on urbanrail.net. I would love to see Australia's first catenary-free tram line:

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Old March 28th, 2014, 06:17 PM   #219
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North West Rail Link TBM construction a few months ahead of schedule.
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Old March 30th, 2014, 11:49 PM   #220
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Opal starts today on entire Sydney Trains network



Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said customers could now use their Opal card to travel anywhere on the Sydney Trains network, as Opal goes live on an extra 70 stations today.

"This marks a significant milestone for commuters across Sydney, as Opal provides cheaper fares, modernises the way people use public transport and puts an end to the Monday morning queue for a ticket," Ms Berejiklian said.

"Around 150,000 Opal cards have now been registered - that’s around 15,000 new card orders this week alone.

"We are seeing more and more people sign up for an Opal card as readers are switched on at their local station and customers find out about the benefits of Opal - cheaper fares, daily caps, weekly rewards and discounts for off-peak train travel."

The latest rollout means customers from Green Square to Macarthur, Erskineville to Liverpool and Lidcombe, Sydenham to Waterfall and Cronulla can now use Opal...

http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/medi...rds-registered


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