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Old April 11th, 2015, 01:07 PM   #381
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Wow, that's a big step. Good stuff for Sydney! I think we've all been waiting for this for a long time.
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Old April 19th, 2015, 01:43 PM   #382
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FORMER TRAM ROUTES OF SYDNEY

This is the complete list of the former tram routes (except Manly section). Note then the tram service covered the entire city. It was a great blunder to destroy that marvellous system. It was largest in Oceania. I don’t know why it was completely destroyed, when almost similar larger tram network survived in Melbourne. Bold names are both termini, and ordinary names are via streets.

Red means the current Dulwich Hill is also served by new tram system.

* Circular Quay - Railway Circular Quay - Pitt St. [back: Castlereagh St.] - Central Station
* Erskine St. City - Watson's Bay Erskine St. - King St. - St Mary's Cathedral - Williams St. - Kings Cross - Double Bay - Rose Bay - Watson's Bay
* Circular Quay - Bondi Junction.- North Bondi Circular Quay - Elizabeth St. - Liverpool St. - Oxford St. - Bondi Junction.- North Bondi - Bondi Beach
* Railway - North Bondi Railway Sq. - Central Station - Elizabeth St. - Liverpool St. - Oxford St. - Bondi Junction.- North Bondi - Bondi Beach
* Circular Quay - Bellevue - North Bondi Circular Quay - Elizabeth St. - Park St. - Stanley St. - Burton St. - Woollahra - Bellevue Hill - North Bondi - Bondi Beach
* Circular Quay - Bronte Circular Quay - Elizabeth St. - Liverpool St. - Oxford St. - Bondi Junction.- Bronte Beach
* Railway - Bronte Railway Sq. - Central Station - Elizabeth St. - Liverpool St. - Oxford St. - Bondi Junction.- Bronte Beach
* Circular Quay - Clovelly Circular Quay - Elizabeth St. - Liverpool St. - Oxford St. - Flinders St. - Anzac Parade - Clovelly Beach
* Railway - Clovelly Railway Sq. - Central Station - Elizabeth St. - Liverpool St. - Oxford St. - Flinders St. - Anzac Parade - Clovelly Beach
* Circular Quay - Coo gee Circular Quay - Elizabeth St. - Liverpool St. - Oxford St. - Flinders St. - Anzac Parade - Rand wick- Coo gee Beach
* Railway - Coo gee Railway Sq. - Central Station - Elizabeth St. - Liverpool St. - Oxford St. - Flinders St. - Anzac Parade - Rand wick- Coo gee Beach
* Circular Quay - La Perouse Circular Quay - Elizabeth St. - Liverpool St. - Oxford St. - Flinders St. - Anzac Parade - Daceyville Junction.- Maroubra Junction.- Malabar - La Perouse
* Railway - Malabar Railway Sq. - Central Station - Elizabeth St. - Liverpool St. - Oxford St. - Flinders St. - Anzac Parade - Daceyville Junction.- Maroubra Junction.- Malabar [Peak hours only]
* Circular Quay - Maroubra Bay Circular Quay - Elizabeth St. - Liverpool St. - Oxford St. - Flinders St. - Anzac Parade - Daceyville Junction.- Maroubra Junction.- Maroubra Bay
* Railway - Maroubra Bay Railway Sq. - Central Station - Elizabeth St. - Liverpool St. - Oxford St. - Flinders St. - Anzac Parade - Daceyville Junction.- Maroubra Junction.- Maroubra Bay
* Bondi Junction.- Coogey Beach Bondi Junction.- Rand wick- Coo gee Beach
* Circular Quay - West Kensington Circular Quay - Elizabeth St. - Liverpool St. - Oxford St. - Crown St. - West Kensington
* Railway - West Kensington Railway Sq. - Central Station - Elizabeth St. - Liverpool St. - Oxford St. - Crown St. - West Kensington [Peak hours only]
* Circular Quay - Botany Circular Quay - Pitt St. [back: Castlereagh St.] - Railway Sq. - Botany Rd. - Mascot - Botany
* Botany - Matraville Botany - Matraville
* Circular Quay - Alexandria Circular Quay - Pitt St. [back: Castlereagh St.] - Railway Sq. - Alexandria - St Peters
* Circular Quay - Rosebery Circular Quay - Pitt St. [back: Castlereagh St.] - Elizabeth St. - Zetland - Rosebery
* Circular Quay - Daceyville Circular Quay - Pitt St. [back: Castlereagh St.] - Railway Sq. - Botany Rd. - Gardeners Rd. - Daceyville Junction.
* Newton Rd. Junction.- Moore Park Newton Rd. Junction.- Cleveland St. - Anzac Parade - Moore Park
* Circular Quay - Cook's River Circular Quay - Pitt St. [back: Castlereagh St.] - Railway Sq. - Broadway - King St. - New town- St Peters - Tempe - Cook's River
* Circular Quay - Dulwich Hill Circular Quay - Pitt St. [back: Castlereagh St.] - Railway Sq. - Broadway - King St. - New town- En more- Marrickville - Dulwich Hill
* Circular Quay - Canterbury Circular Quay - Pitt St. [back: Castlereagh St.] - Railway Sq. - Broadway - King St. - New town- En more- Peter sham- Dulwich Hill - Canterbury
* Circular Quay - Earl wood Circular Quay - Pitt St. [back: Castlereagh St.] - Railway Sq. - Broadway - King St. - New town- En more- Marrickville - Earl wood
* Cook's River - Dulwich River Cook's River - Tempe - Marrickville - Dulwich Hill
* Darling St. Wharf - Canterbury Darling St. Wharf - Bal main- Rozelle - Leichhardt - Anna dale- Peter sham- Dulwich Hill - Canterbury
* Fort Macquarie - Five Dock Fort Macquarie - Circular Quay - George St. - Railway Sq. - Broadway - Parramatta Rd. - Annandale - Haberfield - Five Dock
* Fort Macquarie - Abbots ford Fort Macquarie - Circular Quay - George St. - Railway Sq. - Broadway - Parramatta Rd. - Annandale - Haberfield - Five Dock - Abbots ford
* Fort Macquarie - Leichhardt Fort Macquarie - Circular Quay - George St. - Railway Sq. - Broadway - Parramatta Rd. - Annandale - Leichhardt
* Fort Macquarie - Lily field Fort Macquarie - Circular Quay - George St. - Railway Sq. - Broadway - Lily field
* Fort Macquarie - Birch grove Fort Macquarie - Circular Quay - George St. - Railway Sq. - Broadway - Forest Lodge - Rozelle - Birch grove
* Fort Macquarie - Bal main Fort Macquarie - Circular Quay - George St. - Railway Sq. - Broadway - Forest Lodge - Rozelle - Bal main(Nicholson St.)
* Fort Macquarie - Glebe Point Fort Macquarie - Circular Quay - George St. - Railway Sq. - Broadway - Glebe Point
* Fort Macquarie - Drummoyne Fort Macquarie - Circular Quay - George St. - Railway Sq. - Harris St. - Glebe Island Bridge - Rozelle - Drummoyne
* Fort Macquarie - Ryde Fort Macquarie - Circular Quay - George St. - Railway Sq. - Ultimo Rd. - Harris St. - Glebe Island Bridge - Rozelle - Drummoyne - Huntleys Point - Gladesville - Ryde
* Railway - Pyrmont Railway Sq. - Harris St. - Pyrmont [Peak hours only]
* Millers Point - Glebe Point Millers Point - George St. - Railway Sq. - Broadway - Glebe Point
* Railway - Drummoyne Railway Sq. - Broadway - Forest Lodge - Rozelle - Drummoyne [Peak hours only]
* Railway - Drummoyne Railway Sq. - Harris St. - Glebe Island Bridge - Rozelle - Bal main(Nicholson St.) [Peak hours only]
* Wynyard - Lane Cove Wynyard Station - Sydney Harbour Bridge - North Sydney Station - Gore Hill - Lane Cove
* Wynyard - Chats wood Wynyard Station - Sydney Harbour Bridge - North Sydney Station - Willoughby - Chats wood
* Wynyard - Suspension Bridge Wynyard Station - Sydney Harbour Bridge - North Sydney Station - Suspension Bridge
* Wynyard - The Spit Wynyard Station - Sydney Harbour Bridge - Neutral Bay Junction.- Military Rd. - Spit Rd Junction.- The Spit
* Wynyard - Bal moral Wynyard Station - Sydney Harbour Bridge - Neutral Bay Junction.- Military Rd. - Spit Rd Junction.- Bal moral Beach
* Wynyard - Taronga Park Wynyard Station - Sydney Harbour Bridge - Neutral Bay Junction.- Military Rd. - Spit Rd Junction.- Taronga Park (Zoo)
* Military Rd. - Neutral Bay Military Rd. - Neutral Bay
* Cremorne Wharf - The Spit Cremorne Wharf - Military Rd. - Spit Rd Junction.- The Spit
* Cremorne Junction - Mos man Wharf Cremorne Junction - Military Rd. - Spit Rd Junction.- Mos man Wharf
* Athol Wharf - Bal moral Athol Wharf - Taronga Park (Zoo) - Bal moral
* Taronga Zoo - Lane Cove Taronga Park (Zoo) - Spit Rd. Junction - Military Rd. - Neutral Nay Junction.- Gore Hill - Lane Cove
* Bal moral- Chats wood Bal moral Beach- Spit Rd. Junction - Military Rd. - Neutral Nay Junction. - Willoughby - Chats wood
* Ash field- Mortlake Ash field- Enfield - Bur wood- Mortlake
* Ash field- Cabarita Ash field- Enfield - Bur wood- Cabarita
* Rock dale- Brighton-Le-Sands Rock dale- Brighton-Le-Sands
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Old April 19th, 2015, 05:52 PM   #383
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Here's a short clip about the old tram network. Note that the network's patronage in 1945, when the city was less than a third of its current population, was higher than entire Sydney Trains network of today.

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Old May 6th, 2015, 10:54 PM   #384
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Arncliffe Station upgrade to start this year

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance has today announced work to install four new lifts for customers at Arncliffe Station will start this year.

The upgrade will also provide two family accessible toilets, two new accessible parking spaces, upgraded CCTV and an improved transport interchange on Firth Street with sheltered bus stops and a new kiss and ride zone.



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New Opal card only ticket gates have been installed at Olympic Park station and are now active. They would seem to be Cubic's E2 gates and will be rolled out across the network in time:

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...with sheltered bus stops and a new kiss and ride zone.
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"Drop off zone". Where you can be dropped off by car to take public transport. You have them in the UK, too and they are also being termed "kiss and ride" as well in some cases.
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It makes for nice "P+R" and "K+R" roadsigns.
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From Railway Gazette:

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Sydney Trains sets Mousetrap to catch vandals
10 May 2015



AUSTRALIA: Sydney Trains is testing Mousetrap, an electronic sensor which can detect vapour from spray paint and permanent markers pens to provide a real-time alert when a graffiti attack is underway. Live CCTV images are streamed to control staff, and police officers can be dispatched to catch the vandals.

An undisclosed number of trains have been fitted with Mousetrap, which has so far led to the arrest of more than 30 offenders. ‘Vandals won’t know where and they won’t know when we’re watching’, said New South Wales Minister for Transport & Infrastructure Andrew Constance

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Wynyard Walk

Pedestrian tunnel extension from Wynyard Station to Napoleon Plaza at Barangaroo due to open next year.









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Sydney LRT construction to start in October
Thursday, May 28, 2015



THE detailed construction schedule for Sydney's CBD and South East light rail line was released on May 28, with major city centre works on the 12km route scheduled to start on October 23

On completion, services will operate from Circular Quay to both Randwick and Kingsford, operating every four minutes during peak hours on the shared section, providing an eight-minute interval service on the branches. Alstom will supply a fleet of 30 Citadis X05 low-floor LRVs, which will accommodate up to 450 passengers, the equivalent of nine standard buses. Deliveries will start in September 2017

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The construction schedule as posted in the Ozscrapers section:

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From the media release (http://www.sydneylightrail.transport...tober-2015.pdf)

Key major construction dates include:
 September 2015, construction access for Moore Park West Corridor
 October 2015, CBD works start
 January 2016 start of Randwick branch
 February 2016, start of Kingsford branch
 August 2016 start of work in Surry Hills
September 2016, completion of the first pedestrian zone block in George Street
 May 2017 completion of final pedestrian zone block in George Street
 September 2017, start of the final work zone along the route
(Elizabeth St to Chalmers St)
 September 2017, arrival of light rail vehicles
 April 2018, completion of major civil construction; ongoing works continue to finalise the
installation of electronic systems and construction of platforms
 June 2018, testing commences

Good to see we will get to enjoy part of the pedestrian zone next year..
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From King to Market Street opens 12 Aug 2016
From Margaret to Park opens 16 Oct 2016
From Park to Bathurst 31 Oct 2016

and then Hunter to King opens 14 Apr 2017

So the pedestrian block near the center of the city opens in Aug 2016, the rest of the southern end of the pedestrian zone opens soon after. And then we have to wait till the next April to see the northern bit of the pedestrian zone completed.

So it looks that by late next year most of the pedestrianised section of George st will be open
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The Sydney Rapid Transit project - now rebranded again as 'Sydney Metro', is one step closer after the main source of funding for the project, the $20 billion dollar sale of half the state's electricity assets was passed at parliament yesterday:

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Community consultation has started on Sydney's second harbour rail crossing with Premier Mike Baird saying the mammoth project is "well and truly underway" after the partial privatisation of the state's electricity network was given the green light.

The crossing would see a new line extend under the harbour and city, connecting to the existing rail system at Chatswood on the northern side and Sydenham on the southern, where trains will then connect to an upgraded Bankstown Line.

"Last night we got the green light to commence the transaction. The great news about that is that it is a green light on every infrastructure project that we committed to in the lead up to the election," Mr Baird said at a press conference on Thursday morning.



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Totalling 66 kilometres in length it's a transformative project for the city's rail network since combined with the Western Sydney Rail Upgrade program (which includes introducing ATO and ATCS to the T1 lines on the existing system), it clears bottlenecks and allows for a huge increase in capacity across the entire network and also lays the foundation for future growth and expansion. Construction on the 'Sydney Metro Northwest' section from Cudgegong Road to Chatswood (formerly the North West Rail Link) is already underway and is expected to open in 2019, and construction on the rest of the line is now expected to begin in 2017 with the whole project operational by 2024.
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CBD & South East Light Rail

Updated flythrough video.


Timelapse showing investigation work on George Street.


Video showing a map with the construction schedule.
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And in the west, it is looking likely that the first stage of a new light rail network centred around Parramatta will be a line from Westmead through Parramatta to Strathfield via Olympic Park, with a branch heading to the growth areas of Rhodes and Wentworth Point.


Sydney Olympic Park light rail project promises long-overdue ‘linking up’ of infrastructure
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A $1 BILLION light rail network linking Parramatta and Strathfield via Sydney Olympic Park is set to be approved, turbocharging the city’s sports and *entertainment mecca.

The new light-rail service would fuel billions of dollars in housing and job-creating projects along its route, including a $1 billion town centre with shops, restaurants and offices on 5ha in the heart of the Olympic precinct.

The move would shore up the future of ANZ Stadium, with long-term plans being drawn up to convert the former Sydney Olympics venue into a permanent rectangular colosseum with every seat moved at least 20m closer to the action.

High-level government sources said the Parramatta to Strathfield route had become the “frontrunner” among the four light-rail routes short-listed last October.

Premier Mike Baird is likely to announce the selected route before the NSW Budget is delivered on June 23. “It’s a no-brainer and will be a catalyst for activity right through the Olympic corridor,’’ a government source said.

The selected route would link Parramatta’s fast-growing CBD with the Australian Turf Club’s Rosehill racing and convention centre, move across the Camellia peninsula to Sydney Olympic Park then on to Strathfield. Until now, the favoured route for the first stage of Parramatta’s light rail link was to Macquarie Park via Carlingford.

But a push by a consortium of 20 high-profile businesses, who have formed the West Line Alliance lobby group, has convinced senior Treasury and transport bureaucrats to back the Olympic corridor route.

West Line Alliance spokesman Christopher Brown said a recent Deloitte report found that businesses would pour $1.1 billion into the government’s coffers through “voluntary planning arrangement” to help pay for key infrastructure.

He said the money would also help clean up the industrial wastelands at Camellia around the Shell refinery and former James Hardie asbestos plant, enabling 21,000 new homes to be built over the next 20 years.

“This is the one place in Sydney where a planning minister or mayor won’t be burnt in effigy by the Nimbys,’’ he said. “This is truly transformational and it’s about creating the high-tech manufacturing jobs for tomorrow.’’

He said up to 108,000 jobs could be created across the Olympic corridor — more than Barangaroo, Green Square, the Bays Precinct and the Central-to-Eveleigh projects combined.

Sydney Business Chamber Western Sydney director David Borger said the light rail project could also link in the Westmead medical precinct and University of Western Sydney campuses.

“This is a game changer and would also resurrect the Olympic legacy, bringing more activity and energy to the park,’’ he said.

GPT, one of the nation’s biggest property developers, has drawn-up plans for a Sydney Olympic Park town centre, incorporating commercial, retail, education and residential uses.

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With the monorail gone into the history books, another slightly unconventional idea is now being explored - a cable car linking Barangaroo with the west through Pyrmont near the Star Casino then to an area known as the 'Bays Precinct', which currently houses a cruise ship terminal and other maritime facilities but is slated for massive urban renewal over the next two decades. It would seem that it's intended to be used by commuters as well as tourists.

Harbour’s cable car plan aims high with Barangaroo, cruise and casino connections
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SYDNEY business leaders are backing a proposal to build a fast cable car across Sydney Harbour which could transport people from Balmain’s White Bay through Pyrmont to Barangaroo in less than five minutes.

Key businesses, including cruise line Carnival Australia and Pyrmont’s The Star casino owner Echo Entertainment, have joined the Sydney Business Chamber and Committee for Sydney in calling on the Baird government to seriously consider the project’s merits.

The chief executive of the government’s development arm, UrbanGrowth NSW, David Pitchford, also offered preliminary support yesterday, saying the proposal was “a perfect example of the innovation and entrepreneurship we want to introduce into the transformation of the Bays precinct’’.

Under the Harbour Skylink plan, a 3.4km cable system would be built from Rozelle Bay, with stations at the White Bay Power Station, White Bay Cruise Terminal, Pyrmont and Barangaroo.

Harbour Skylink deputy chairwoman Melissa Cuturich, who will present details to the Committee for Sydney today, said it would only take 4.5 minutes to travel from the cruise terminal to Barangaroo compared to the present travel time of 30 minutes.

She said the project, using high-tech cabins capable of transporting commuters with bicycles and luggage, would be privately funded but would need access to some government controlled property.

It is understood Echo Entertainment has been involved in discussions to site the Pyrmont station on top of The Star casino.

Carnival Australia chief executive Ann Sherry recently said better transport options were needed to service the White Bay terminal, as buses were often caught in heavy congestion on the Anzac Bridge. “We agree that transport options including potentially innovative ones need to be considered,’’ a spokesman said yesterday.

With transport around the fast-growing Western Harbour precinct emerging as a major problem, an Echo spokesman said, “Any initiative that could contribute to improving connectivity to and around such an important precinct is worth looking at.”

About 24,000 people will be working in the three new commercial towers being built at Barangaroo South and the Harbour Skylink team believes a cable car system could be built within 18 months, far more quickly than road and tunnel projects.

Committee for Sydney chief executive Tim Williams said the project could be utilised by everyday commuters as well as become as big a tourism drawcard as the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb or the London Eye ferris wheel.

“Sydney needs projects as imaginative as this: a project with sky high ambitions for our global city,’’ he said.

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Sydney to sell Variotram LRV fleet
Thursday, June 18, 2015



TRANSPORT for NSW, which operates the Sydney light rail network, is seeking a buyer for its fleet of six Variotram LRVs which are being replaced by new vehicles supplied by CAF, Spain

The Variotram LRVs were manufactured by Adtranz in Dandenong, Victoria, in 1996 and entered service in Sydney in 1997 with the opening of the Sydney light rail system.
The bidirectional vehicles are 29m long and 2.65m wide with a cab at each end and can accommodate 217 passengers, with 74 seated. The low-floor vehicles have an access height of 290mm above the rail

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