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Old September 26th, 2014, 05:58 PM   #301
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The second TBM is getting ready to start boring on the NWRL.


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Old September 27th, 2014, 11:28 AM   #302
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Is metro really the right solution for the North West Rail link? EcoTransit thinks not. Sydney pioneered the double decker multiple unit train back in 1964 with double deck trailers, and 4 years later with double decker motor carriages as well. And almost evury other metropolis with both metro and suburban railways, and in every case where the suburban railway is all double decked, it was metro that came first. The Paris metro, for example, dates back to 1900 while the RER began in 1969. And line 14 is the only new metro line built since the RER began, and only to relieve congestion on RER line A. And the RER is all double decked.

What the video does not tell people is that this group is heavily linked to the rail, bus and tram union so regardless of what evidence is presented they are only interested in extending the current legacy system.

Would also seem that in addition to this video this group keeps benchmarking the RER system in Paris as the gold standard but selectively uses the best features from all the RER lines and lumps them together as one.

· RER A in addition to double deck stock still uses single deck stock (MS61 & MI84).
· RER A is currently the only RER line that runs 30 trains per hour, but only in the central core (8/46 stations) with 2 branches at one end, and 3 at the other.
· RER A double deck stock are significantly different to Sydney double deck stock (3 doors per carriage and very little seating by comparison);
· RER A double deck stock at capacity only seat just over 1 in every 3 people (The newer MI09 have a capacity of 2,600 with 948 seats).

This group would have you believe that Sydney can run double deck stock with 2 doors per carriage, 3x2 transversal seating for all, at 30 trains per hour. Quite simply cannot happen, and does not happen anywhere else in the world.

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Old September 27th, 2014, 02:41 PM   #303
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What the video does not tell people is that this group is heavily linked to the rail, bus and tram union so regardless of what evidence is presented they are only interested in extending the current legacy system.

Would also seem that in addition to this video this group keeps benchmarking the RER system in Paris as the gold standard but selectively uses the best features from all the RER lines and lumps them together as one.
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This group would have you believe that Sydney can run double deck stock with 2 doors per carriage, 3x2 transversal seating for all, at 30 trains per hour. Quite simply cannot happen, and does not happen anywhere else in the world.
That's all great and all, but making (or converting) tunnels so they wouldn't fit double decker trains is going to be horrendous for when they actually do need to put double deckers in there in the future. Don't become a London where infrastructure built in the past prevents you from having higher capacity trains.
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Old September 28th, 2014, 05:55 AM   #304
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Highly expensive white elephant that was not real transport in Sydney. The ticket prices were discouraging people from taking it and the ongoing running costs were too high.
Total nonsense. The reason was two fold. At 25 years it was time for an upgrade. Also at 25 years old the conference centre area is also in need of an upgrade too. So the government decided to sell the land the monorail runs on behind the conference centre plus the depot to expand the conference centre.

For the 25 years it ran it servered its purpose, so hardly a white elephant.
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Old September 28th, 2014, 07:31 AM   #305
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It really was ugly and useless. It's only purpose was as an overpriced tourist ride.
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Old September 29th, 2014, 05:27 AM   #306
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Old September 29th, 2014, 05:51 AM   #307
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New Urbos 3 Light Rail Vehicles

2112 CAF Urbos 3. 11.9.2014. by TimBo's pics, on Flickr

2115. CAF Urbos 3. 11.9.14. by TimBo's pics, on Flickr

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Old September 29th, 2014, 08:30 AM   #308
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It really was ugly and useless. It's only purpose was as an overpriced tourist ride.
Couldn't disagree, though as an overpriced tourist ride it did ok for 25 years and served a market.

As mentioned the removal was for expansion of the conference centre and the cost of upgrading. Source the then NSW Premier in the article below:

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/monorail-t...323-1vo2f.html
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Old September 29th, 2014, 04:50 PM   #309
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As I understand it one of the main other purposes behind the buyout was to acquire the monorail AND the light rail service from the operator (Veolia / Transdev) to bring the Lilyfield (now Dulwich Hill) light rail service under greater government control.
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Old October 9th, 2014, 07:36 AM   #310
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Strong local and international interest in $2.8 billion intercity fleet project

Minister for Transport and Minister for the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian today said a number of local and international companies have applied to deliver and maintain the NSW Government’s brand new state-of-the-art intercity train fleet.

The NSW Government is investing $2.8 billion in the state’s next generation train fleet for customers travelling longer distances from the South Coast, Blue Mountains, Central Coast and Newcastle.

“Earlier this year, the NSW Government called for Expressions of Interest (EoI) to deliver and maintain the state’s next generation of intercity trains,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“This is a very important project, and we are finally delivering these brand new trains to customers who were for so long ignored by the former Labor Government.”

Ms Berejiklian said the new fleet will include about 65 trains, totalling 520 carriages, and would be configured specifically for intercity customers.

“We had an industry briefing in May, and as a result we had a very positive response from well qualified and experienced organisations. There is now a strong contingent of local and international contenders keen to be involved in this project.”

Respondents to the Expressions of Interest are:
•Alstom Transport Australia Pty Ltd
•Bombardier Transportation Australia Pty Ltd
•Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles S.A. (“CAF”)
•Downer EDI Rail Pty Ltd and CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co Ltd
•Hyundai Rotem Company
•Stadler Bussnang AG
•UGL Rail Services Pty Ltd, Mitsubishi Electric Australia Pty Ltd and CSR Corporation Ltd

The next generation trains will come into service progressively, with the first trains delivered by 2019 and the rest of the fleet being delivered through to 2024.

From TfNSW

These trains will be replacing the much liked but ageing V Sets used on the regional NSW Trainlink Intercity lines.
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Old October 9th, 2014, 10:08 AM   #311
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Chatswood Station

Located on the North Shore line 12kms from Central Station, Chatswood has been redeveloped in recent years and now includes 170m, 155m and 107m towers above the new concourse. The station was completed a few years ago and now the towers are topping out, completing this long set of projects.
This will also be the temporary terminus of the North West Rail Link Rapid Transit Line before the it continues south towards the CBD with the second harbour tunnel crossing.

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Station complete a few years ago and towers currently topping out.
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Old October 12th, 2014, 05:16 PM   #312
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More customers catching trains but services are less crowded since new timetable

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced annual patronage has increased on the Sydney Trains network by eight million journeys as the latest figures show crowding has eased since the NSW Government’s major timetable rewrite.

Patronage has increased by eight million journeys in 2013/14.

Average crowding levels in the busiest hour in the morning and afternoon have eased by about seven per cent between March 2013 and March 2014
On the Western Line crowding levels are better than they were when we came to Government in March 2011, easing by around 10 per cent despite millions more customers catching the train.

“Patronage has increased on the suburban network to 314 million journeys a year – that’s a jump of almost eight million journeys in one year alone,” Ms Berejiklian said.

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Old October 15th, 2014, 09:18 PM   #313
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Sydney was hit by some severe storms in the last few days leaving parts of the train network flooded and cut off by fallen trees and also snow on the Intercity Blue Mountains line. Very rare for this time of the year.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...rt-closed.html


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...rt-closed.html


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Old October 16th, 2014, 12:51 PM   #314
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Chatswood station is awesome. Sydney does stations so well. I wish they'd rebuilt Footscray station down here to be more like it.
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Old October 16th, 2014, 01:35 PM   #315
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If you've noticed the hoardings around Chatswood station, it's supposed to open into a retail precinct. After years of delays a few shops have recently opened (mainly food and convenience) and the whole precinct should be open by next year.

http://www.metrochatswood.com.au/pages/virtual-tour.php

Imo it's definitely one of the best stations in Sydney!
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The development in and around Chatswood station is mighty impressive and there's a few other station precincts that are going to be redeveloped or are planned to be in the next few years. This including Epping, Strathfield, Macquarie Park, North Ryde, St Leonards and Parramatta. There's also a fair bit of work planned for near Redfern station too (although nothing too major for the station itself).
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Commonwealth Bank working to combine tap-and-go cards with Opal transport ticket

The Commonwealth Bank is in negotiation with the NSW Government to allow customers to use its tap-and-go payment cards and smartphone apps to pay for transport.

Kelly Bayer Rosmarin, group executive of institutional banking and markets for CBA, said the bank hoped customers could use existing payments systems rather than an Opal card to pay for transport.

"We've been working closely with the Department of Transport and our vision is that you can use your ordinary credit card including a PayTag to walk through the gate and there will be no need for additional infrastructure or for the Government to issue cards or tickets - you can use your everyday card and wallets," said Bayer Rosmarin.

http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/busines...16-116u03.html


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Old October 23rd, 2014, 08:21 PM   #318
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Sydney CBD & South East light rail preferred bidder named
23 Oct 2014


Impression of the Sydney CBD & South East light rail line

AUSTRALIA: The New South Wales government named the Connecting Sydney consortium as preferred bidder for a PPP contract to build and operate Sydney’s CBD & South East Light Rail line on October 23. The consortium comprises Transdev Sydney, Alstom Transport Australia, Acciona Infrastructure Australia and Capella Capital.

The SydneyConnect consortium of Serco, John Holland and Plenary Group had also been shortlisted. Under a separate contract awarded in June, Laing O’Rourke Construction Australia was appointed as managing contractor for up to A$45m of preliminary works.

The 12 km CBD & South East Light Rail will start at Circular Quay and run via Central to the Moore Park sporting and entertainment precinct, where it will split into two branches serving Kingsford and the Prince of Wales Hospital at Randwick. There will be catenary-free operation within a central pedestrian zone on George Street

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The catenary-free operation sounds massively redundant. Just more unreliable and expensive.
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Is it that bad in Bordeaux? They have a "wireless" system.
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