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Old October 27th, 2014, 02:57 PM   #321
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Four Parramatta light rail routes shortlisted
27 Oct 2014



AUSTRALIA: New South Wales Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian and Parramatta MP Geoff Lee announced the shortlist for the Parramatta light rail route in western Sydney on October 27.

The NSW government announced 10 corridors in June, and has now shortlisted four of these for detailed engineering, transport planning and passenger analysis studies:
  • Parramatta – Carlingford – Macquarie Park;
  • Parramatta – Old Northern Road – Castle Hill;
  • Parramatta – Bankstown;
  • Parramatta – Sydney Olympic Park and Strathfield/Burwood
According to Berejiklian, A$400m has been set aside from the 2014-15 NSW budget to ‘accelerate the work’.
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Old November 6th, 2014, 03:24 PM   #322
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South West Rail Link to run as a shuttle service.





First test trains hit the tracks on South West Rail Link

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced the new South West Rail Link is one step closer to opening, with train testing and staff training now underway, ahead of Sydney Trains services starting early next year.

Ms Berejiklian said from day one the South West Rail Link will operate services to the Liverpool CBD, stopping at Leppington, Edmondson Park and Glenfield stations, with services to be fully integrated into the Sydney Trains timetable in the future.

Initially trains will run every 30 minutes, with the journey taking around 15 minutes in each direction between Leppington and Liverpool.

Trains will connect customers with the T5 Cumberland Line, T2 South Line and T2 Airport Line at Glenfield, and the T2 South Line, T3 Bankstown Line and T5 Cumberland Line at Liverpool.

The first service on the SWRL will depart Leppington Station at 5.06am each day, and the last service from Liverpool will depart at 11.58pm, so local residents will have trains available throughout the day and night.
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Old November 7th, 2014, 08:55 AM   #323
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Cherrybrook Station excavation timelapse.

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Old November 7th, 2014, 01:27 PM   #324
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Just found this youtube channel with some amazing drivelapse videos of all over the Sydney Trains network. Here's a few:


Starts at Berowra way out in Sydney's northern fringes and travels south eventually reaching the CBD:




Penrith in the western fringes to the CBD then makes its way north to Epping via the Epping-Chatswood link:




Epping to the CBD via Strathfield in the inner west




Bondi Junction in the eastern suburbs to Hurstville in the south:




And heaps more:
https://www.youtube.com/user/cuboz1/videos
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Old November 7th, 2014, 07:10 PM   #325
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One thing that I noticed are the number of signal delays (take a look at the last video there). There are a LOT of pauses for red signals after the Eastern Suburbs section. I guess that is one of the problems with such a complex system.
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Old November 12th, 2014, 07:43 PM   #326
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North West Rail Link | Cherrybrook Station



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Old November 13th, 2014, 05:55 PM   #327
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Sydney Museum Station by Shin.Shin, on Flickr
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Old November 18th, 2014, 09:38 PM   #328
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Italian PM visits NWRL construction site



NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Mike Baird and Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today joined Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi to inspect major construction work on the North West Rail Link’s landmark skytrain and Kellyville Station.

Mr Baird and Ms Berejiklian also welcomed Italian Ambassador to Australia, Pier Francesco Zazo, to the Kellyville construction site where Italian-based consortium Salini Impregilo is building the $340 million skytrain.

Mr Baird said it was great to see work well underway on the skytrain project, which is already supporting more than 170 local jobs, with another 75 workers to be recruited as construction ramps up over the coming months

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Old November 23rd, 2014, 05:00 PM   #329
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North West Rail Link: 35m of concrete-lined tunnel being built every day

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November 19, 2014 11:41AM

On its journey east from the Bella Vista station construction site on the $8.3 billion North West Rail Link, the tunnel boring machine (TBM) has just passed deep under Woolworth’s national corporate headquarters.

The Daily Telegraph was given unprecedented access to the tunnelling project and able to photograph the French-made TBM named “Elizabeth”, and its crew, as it chewed through the rock 1.09km from the tunnel entrance at Bella Vista.







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Old November 28th, 2014, 08:53 PM   #330
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New Ferries for Sydney Harbour.

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Old November 29th, 2014, 04:53 AM   #331
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Does Sydney have long-term plans for new monorail lines? It used to be part of a select club of very modern places with monorails, but no more.
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Does Sydney have long-term plans for new monorail lines? It used to be part of a select club of very modern places with monorails, but no more.
Because of monorail failure in Sydney, city will forget about this type of transport for a very long time
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Does Sydney have long-term plans for new monorail lines? It used to be part of a select club of very modern places with monorails, but no more.
Definitely not. The old one was unfortunately useless for various reasons and thus left a bad impression on Sydneysiders. Light rail seems to be the new way in the inner city.
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Brand new Shellharbour Junction station, opened on 22 November and replaced Dunmore station. Photos from Wikipedia:
http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/medi...open-customers























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Opal to go live on light rail months ahead of schedule
24 Nov 2014

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced customers will be able to use their Opal card to tap onto Sydney Light Rail services from next Monday 1 December – a number of months ahead of the planned start date of early 2015.

More than 1.4 million Opal cards have now been issued and thanks to Opal’s daily travel caps and free weekly travel rewards, customers have clocked up more than 20 million free trips on trains, buses and Sydney Ferries’ services.

Ms Berejiklian said Opal electronic ticketing is transforming public transport in NSW and now thousands more customers will be able to take advantage of modern and convenient travel when Opal rolls out to light rail.

“From next week light rail customers will be able to tap on and tap off services from 23 stops between Dulwich Hill and Central and interchange seamlessly with trains, ferries and buses,” Ms Berejiklian said

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The monorail was far from a failure. It did exactly what it was designed to do for 25 years.

What killed it was it needed upgrading, and being so proprietary to do so would mean almost complete replacement. Secondly it was taking up land at the back of the convention centre that the government felt would provide a better return to the state if they sold it. Which they promptly did after tearing it down.
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Definitely not. The old one was unfortunately useless for various reasons and thus left a bad impression on Sydneysiders. Light rail seems to be the new way in the inner city.
As mentioned above the monorail did what it was designed to do for a good 25 years.

But do agree that as a form of public transport over distance it is far from a solution, that is where light rail, metro and heavy rail start to come into play.
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The monorail was far from a failure. It did exactly what it was designed to do for 25 years.

What killed it was it needed upgrading, and being so proprietary to do so would mean almost complete replacement. Secondly it was taking up land at the back of the convention centre that the government felt would provide a better return to the state if they sold it. Which they promptly did after tearing it down.
You seem to know a few things about the monorail. Do you know if it was profitable or had reasonable patronage figures? I was under the impression that it was mostly empty and used by only a couple of tourists. It sure was a nice ride and I would have recommended to most tourists visiting Sydney.
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As mentioned above the monorail did what it was designed to do for a good 25 years.

But do agree that as a form of public transport over distance it is far from a solution, that is where light rail, metro and heavy rail start to come into play.
Here is where I disagree with you. Take a look at the Osaka monorail - operates as a "connector" line across northern "suburban" Osaka. It's 28km long. It carries 38.72 million people (when it first opened it carried only 4.69 million people in 1990). Ridership has grown nearly every year. There are other examples in Japan of very successful monorail systems. A monorail system has also been used as a metro in Chongqing in China, and the new line 3 for Daegu is a monorail line in South Korea. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with monorails at all, and they can operate as rapid transit or over long distances as their riderships in Asia attest.

I still disagree with you that there was nothing wrong with the Sydney monorail.
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You seem to know a few things about the monorail. Do you know if it was profitable or had reasonable patronage figures? I was under the impression that it was mostly empty and used by only a couple of tourists. It sure was a nice ride and I would have recommended to most tourists visiting Sydney.
For most of it's life it was a privately owned system, so gather it did make a profit or it's private owners were happy with any loss. The only reason the government brought it was to shut it down for the redevelopment of the convention centre. No secret or conspiracy theories on the last point, a well publicised fact.

As for it being empty, most of the time the opposite was true, but it was mostly tourists, which is not a surprise as it linked the city to a tourist destination. So as I said it did what it was designed to do. As a form of public transport, well it was never really meant to be one, other than tourists the only other use would be linking the Darling Harbour carparks to the city.
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