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Old May 17th, 2014, 08:12 AM   #241
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Expressions of interest called to upgrade iconic Museum Station
Transport for NSW
5 May 2014

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced expressions of interest are now open for a major upgrade of Sydney’s historic underground Museum Station.

The upgrade is being delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $770 million Transport Access Program, an initiative to deliver accessible, modern, secure and integrated transport infrastructure.

Ms Berejiklian said the Museum upgrade would include new lifts, public toilets, improved lighting and ventilation, communications and security upgrades, as well as wayfinding signage.

“As one of Australia’s first underground stations, it was important to recognise Museum Station’s heritage significance when developing designs for the upgrade,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“This upgrade will ensure Museum Station can continue to efficiently serve the people of Sydney well into the future, just as it has since it opened in 1926.

“When these improvements are completed, the station will be fully-accessible for the first time, making a real difference for customers.”

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Thankfully, tram has returned in dulwich hill, after long decades.



Here is a photo of the former tram terminus at Dulwich Hill, that network was largest in Oceania, which was completely closed in 1961.

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Old May 31st, 2014, 03:22 PM   #243
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Render of the new George Street entrance to Wynyard Station.

Screen Shot 2014-05-31 at 11.04.25 AM by Sky_Is_The_Limit1, on Flickr
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Opal electronic ticketing on 100 more buses as some paper tickets retired
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1 June 2014


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Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced Opal would be rolled out to almost 100 more buses next week, including the first double decker buses to be activated for electronic ticketing.

The rollout of Opal on 96 buses on the Forest Coach Lines routes in Sydney’s north from June 10 comes as 280,000 Opal cards have now been issued, and more than 2.5 million free trips have been taken with Opal on trains, buses and ferries.

The NSW Government also announced the retirement of some paper tickets from September 1, 2014. Tickets being retired can be purchased up until this date and can continue to be used by customers until they expire.

“We now have nearly 280,000 Opal cards issued and those customers are already saving money with more than 2.5 million free trips taken across 40 ferry wharves, 308 train stations and 30 bus routes,” Ms Berejiklian said.

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Old June 6th, 2014, 03:41 PM   #245
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Updated and more detailed video on the city and SE light rail:





And as posted by Fabian in the ozscrapers section, further expansions of the light rail network in the future has been hinted by the government, including a possible restoration of the route to Bondi beach and more.

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Seven News (5/6/2014): The State Government and local councils are looking at further expansions of light rail once the next phase is completed.

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Old June 9th, 2014, 02:52 PM   #246
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Planning approval for Sydney light rail project
9 JUN, 2014



A $1.6 billion light rail system planned for the centre of Sydney has been given the thumbs up by the city’s planning authority.

The CBD and South East Light Rail system will stretch for 12 kilometres around the city centre connecting up Circular Quay and Central, the Moore Park sporting and entertainment precinct and Sydney Football Stadium, Randwick Racecourse, the University of NSW and Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick.

Preparations for the the project are already well underway. Three consortia – SydneyConnect, iLinQ Sydney and Connecting Sydney – have already prequalified for the main design/build/operate/maintain contract, which is expected to be awarded by early 2015.

If all goes to schedule, the network could be open to passengers between 2019 and 2020.

“This is a priority project for the NSW Government that will transform Sydney, deliver over $4 billion worth of economic benefits and create 10,000 jobs for NSW,” said Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian.

“I am delighted the project has received formal planning approval. The NSW Government is getting on with the job of building new infrastructure that will improve services for transport customers, increase productivity and support economic growth.

Planning approval follows a long public consultation period. The route of the CBD and South East Light Rail project will cause major disruption to some of the city’s busiest quarters.

Berejiklian added: “We recognise that there are challenges ahead, and delivering a project of this scale in a busy urban environment will result in impacts to communities and businesses during construction.

“We have listened to the community and these conditions will ensure that during construction and operation of the CBD and South East Light Rail, potential environmental, noise and traffic impacts are managed well.”
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Old June 10th, 2014, 03:50 PM   #247
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Network Rail Consulting wins contract to help boost capacity and performance in Sydney, Australia
Monday 9 Jun 2014

Network Rail Consulting has been appointed by Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) to provide systems integration services as part of a major upgrade of Sydney’s rail network.

The Advanced Train Control (ATC) programme currently under development will see the rail network in Sydney fitted with new equipment to enable improved system performance and provide increased capacity for passenger and freight services. The program will play a key role in delivering the NSW Government’s Sydney’s Rail Future (SRF) objectives which include enhancing operational safety, delivering greater levels of customer service, reducing costs and producing faster and more reliable rail services.

Network Rail, Britain’s rail infrastructure owner and operator, has been at the forefront of implementing comparable systems on its infrastructure, including the European Train Control System (ETCS), which will increase capacity and performance and help cut costs on Britain’s railway. Network Rail’s approach to the roll-out of ETCS has been widely praised by rail infrastructure owners and operators across the globe, with a pilot scheme operational on the Cambrian line in Wales since 2011 and a state-of-the-art test facility now running on a section of the East Coast Main Line in Hertfordshire prior to deployment on main lines. The company can now share that experience with TfNSW in Australia.

Nigel Ash, managing director of Network Rail Consulting, said: “The need to deliver a safe, efficient, reliable railway while boosting capacity to cater for growing passenger and freight demand is something Network Rail shares with many rail operators. That Network Rail Consulting has been selected to provide advice to this strategically important project underlines the excellent work which has already been carried out on the railway in Britain.

“Transport for New South Wales will directly benefit from sharing the most up-to-date train control information and we look forward to working with them on this immensely important programme to deliver a better railway in and around Sydney.”

About Network Rail Consulting

Network Rail Consulting Ltd is a subsidiary of Network Rail.

Network Rail Consulting aims to harness the vast range of skills and experience available within Network Rail to demonstrate British expertise overseas and be an international ambassador for Britain’s rail industry. It will also help channel innovation back into our core business, helping deliver a better value railway for Britain.

Network Rail Consulting is selling the full range of rail expertise within Network Rail including:
  • Advisory: Re-structuring, privatisation, institutional, policy development and reviews, audits, procurement, bid support, rail operations including retail optimisation.
  • Strategic Planning: Transport master plans, market assessments, demand forecasting, project appraisal and route utilisation strategies.
  • Asset Management: Developing conceptual asset management frameworks, route asset management plans.
  • Operations & Maintenance: Practical operating advice, timetabling and simulation modelling, maintenance regimes and outsourced operate and maintain contracts.
  • Infrastructure Projects: Outputs definition, pre-feasibility, feasibility, project and programme management.
More information can be found at http://www.networkrailconsulting.com
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The state government has announced a plan to sell half of the state's electricity supply to fund large-scale infrastructure projects across Sydney and NSW. The centerpiece of the plan is a new metro line that includes the creation of a second harbour rail crossing and a new CBD line which has before been outlined in the government's transport masterplan. It has long been regarded a crucial link in improving Sydney's rail system because it alleviates a key bottleneck and will provide capacity increases of up to '60 percent' across the whole network. It will also link up with the north west rail link (now under construction) as well as the existing Bankstown line (which will be converted) and thereby creating Australia's first genuine metro system.

The plan would come into action and construction could start 'within 2 to 3 years' - if the government wins the election next year.


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http://www.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/...t_sheet_03.pdf

http://www.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/...id_transit.pdf





The rest of the plan:

http://www.nsw.gov.au/rebuilding


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Old June 11th, 2014, 08:33 PM   #249
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New map of the Rapid Transit Network.


And through the CBD.

http://transportsydney.wordpress.com/
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A good summary map of U/C and planned transport projects in Sydney.
Blue = Rail and rapid transit
Red = Light Rail
Orange = Roads

http://transportsydney.wordpress.com/
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North West Rail Link | Kellyville Station
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North West Rail Link | Elevated Section Construction
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Old June 22nd, 2014, 07:57 PM   #253
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With the new rail tunnel crossing the harbour and CBD it's almost like Sydney getting its very own Crossrail!
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South West Rail Link | Leppington Station
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Sydney automated metro operator selected
24 Jun 2014



AUSTRALIA: The Northwest Rapid Transit consortium has been selected as preferred bidder for the Operations, Trains & Systems contract for the North West Rail Link automated metro in Sydney, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird announced on June 24

The consortium comprises MTR Corp (Australia), John Holland, Leighton Contractors, UGL Rail Services and Plenary Group. A rival offer had been submitted by the TransForm consortium of Serco, Bombardier Transportation, SNC-Lavalin Capital, McConnell Dowell Constructors, John Laing Investments and Macquarie Capital Group.

‘The NSW Government will now work with the Northwest Rapid Transit consortium to further negotiate and finalise this multi-billion-dollar contract, which is expected to be awarded later this year,’ said Baird. ‘This will be one of the biggest public-private partnerships ever awarded in the history of NSW’.

The 23 km NWRL will run from Chatswood to Epping on a converted heavy rail alignment, continuing through a new 15·5 km twin-bore tunnel to Bella Vista before emerging onto an 4 km elevated section to terminate at Cudgegong Road in Rouse Hill. Opening is planned for 2019.

The OTS contract covers trackwork, signalling, electrical and mechanical systems, conversion of the existing railway with its five stations, construction of the eight new stations and the depot and supplying the driverless trainsets. This will be followed by operation and maintenance of the line.

Financial details are still be finalised, but Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said the contract would make up a ‘large part’ of the A$8·3bn project cost. The state would set the fares, and make performance-based payments to the operator.

The first of four NFM Technologies 6·99 m diameter hard rock TBMs for the project is currently being delivered to Australia, with the Thiess John Holland Dragados tunnelling joint venture scheduled to start boring in October
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Rather bizarre ads they are using for the Opal Card rollout.



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North West Rail Link | Journey of a tunnel boring machine

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NSW launches inter-city EMU procurement
Thursday, August 14, 2014


The delivery of new inter-city trains will allow Oscar EMUs to be redeployed on Sydney suburban services, photo by John Hoyle

THE government of the Australian state of New South Wales has issued an international invitation for expressions of interest for a contract to supply 65 eight-car EMUs for inter-city routes.

The $A 2.8bn fleet will be employed on NSW TrainLink services from Sydney to the South Coast, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Newcastle.

The trains will be delivered between 2019 and 2024, allowing the withdrawal of V-Set trains and redeployment of the more modern Oscar EMUs on the Sydney Trains suburban network, replacing other life-expired rolling stock.

The contract will also include fitting out maintenance depot and ongoing servicing of the fleet, including cleaning.

The closing date for expressions of interest is September 15 and a formal invitation to tender will be issued later this year.

"We met with prospective manufacturers in May at an industry briefing and it was clear there was a lot of enthusiasm among manufacturers from Australia and overseas to be involved in this significant project," says NSW transport minister Mrs Gladys Berejiklian. "Buying proven technology from an established manufacturer ensures customers will be enjoying a more comfortable ride sooner than if brand new trains were commissioned from scratch, as the Waratah trains were."

The NSW government has not specified whether the new trains will be single or double-deck, although the preference for an off-the-shelf design suggests a single-deck train is the more likely option.
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The future Bella Vista Station is the site where the first TBM's will start work on the NWRL. Preparations are almost complete.

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