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Old March 5th, 2014, 06:45 AM   #3281
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possibly.

But I doubt they would do it in such a highly visible spot. Teams could still get their experience if it was parked on the line between the bridge and the depot.... away from prying eyes and cameras... being such a highly visible and populated place, it makes you think there IS an issue.
Might be the slope which is part of the scenario. Are there many sloped segments of the routes that is not in the middle of the road?
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Old March 5th, 2014, 09:03 AM   #3282
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Might be the slope which is part of the scenario. Are there many sloped segments of the routes that is not in the middle of the road?
Not really. The most "interesting" terrain grade-wise is along Queen Street where it gets a bit San Francisco-like due to the road undulating up and down, but in the road reserve.

If this was training, I'd say the fact this is up the northern end of the system and on the other side of the depot from most of the current operating corridor is probably the main concern. No effect on operations elsewhere.

If this isn't just training - given the system is 3 months or so away from opening, all 14 trams are now here and the OHW is energised for the whole length, there will probably be more scope for bugs. That's why they are testing the buggery out of everything first.
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Old March 5th, 2014, 03:47 PM   #3283
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Shocking discovery: issue identified during routine testing. News at 11!

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Old March 7th, 2014, 07:39 AM   #3284
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Is it true that testing will extend to Broadbeach by the end of March?
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Old March 7th, 2014, 08:55 AM   #3285
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Old March 7th, 2014, 09:02 AM   #3286
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Elderly woman injured after walking into bus at Southport



http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/...-1226848311334

AN elderly woman has minor injuries are she walked into a moving bus at Southport this afternoon.

It is believed the woman accidentally walked into the back of the Surfside bus as it was turning on the corner of Scarborough and Short Streets.

Passers-by rushed to the aid of the woman who suffered a suspected fractured elbow.

A witness from the scene, who wouldn’t be named, said the bus driver was very upset.

“he was very shaken up, but it wasn’t his fault, it was just an accident,” she said.

The woman declined to be taken to hospital and was looked at by paramedics on scene.

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stahp da buzes! how long until some body is killed by a BUS? ! This is the first of MANY!!!
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Old March 7th, 2014, 09:06 AM   #3287
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I attribute this to the lack of trees and/or architecturally designed staunchions.

A grassed road surface would also have cushioned her fall.
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Old March 7th, 2014, 10:21 AM   #3288
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A grassed road surface would also have cushioned her fall.
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Old March 7th, 2014, 10:59 AM   #3289
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But then you'd have to worry about the straying cows..
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Old March 7th, 2014, 02:40 PM   #3290
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Or the retirees having a picnic...
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Old March 7th, 2014, 03:03 PM   #3291
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If this is going on, light rail construction would seem a minor concern for business.
Well its not like they are savagely beating up poor Indian students like in Melbourne.

Shocking! What a decaying city.
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Old March 7th, 2014, 03:28 PM   #3292
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In other headline breaking news on the Gold Coast today: Bus turns around corner. OMG!

Bus-ted! Surfside drivers going around difficult bend on the wrong side of the road
ANDREW POTTS • Gold Coast Bulletin • March 07, 2014 5:31AM
http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/...-1226847598100


TransLink has recently changed the bus route around Ashmore, making buses turn tightly onto Yarren Drive from Girral Avenue Source: Supplied

TRANSLINK has defended a Surfside bus driver’s decision to drive up the wrong side of a suburban Ashmore Road that was impossible for it to navigate.

A Yarran Drive resident this week snapped a shot of the vehicle bypassing a traffic island and driving up the oncoming lane of the road.

Some say they fear for the safety of their children.

“I have got a grandson who runs around the front yard when he’s here and the drivers are on a tight schedule, so they are not taking it easy at all,” said John Judge, who has lived on the street for more than 22 years. “I am worried about the distance it would take them to stop in case of an emergency.”


A Surfside bus takes on the tricky corner. Picture: Brendan Radke. Source: News Corp Australia

Buses have also been photographed struggling to navigate the turn from Girral Avenue to Yarran Drive.

A TransLink spokesman said the situation was being reviewed. “On Monday 3 March, a driver reported over the radio that a truck and a ute parked near the intersection of Yarran Drive caused the bus to be unable to make the turn safely,” he said.

“TransLink and Surfside are working together with Gold Coast City Council to discuss options such as the possibility of installing a ‘yellow line’ for the kerb on either side of the traffic island, which would stop cars illegally parking too close to the intersection, or removing the traffic island altogether, to allow buses to negotiate the corner safely.”


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Old March 7th, 2014, 04:49 PM   #3293
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Also many of us would not have purchased properties this close to a busy bus line which operates 7 days a week from early morning to late evenings and is causing distress to people in many different ways.
Oh....dear...

Yeah, not like people use it or anything.
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Old March 8th, 2014, 12:13 AM   #3294
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There's nothing wrong with that turn, only with people who park right at the intersection blocking the lane. Competent bus drivers would not have any issues and most Surfside drivers are these days.
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Old March 8th, 2014, 10:17 AM   #3295
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I thought Sodom and Gommorah was such a paradise that everybody lived in blissful happiness and peace? All that angst over buses turning a corner omg! Stress city.

I like the guy who suggested they blame it on the tram.
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Old March 8th, 2014, 05:51 PM   #3296
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Is it true that testing will extend to Broadbeach by the end of March?
The information office told me it would start the week beginning March 10.

So I took the chance to inspect the line yesterday to see how ready it is for tram testing.

There's only a plastic barrier remaining at Staghorn Ave


Fencing removed from Cypress Avenue station. Also removed from Surfers and Northcliffe.


Still plenty of temporary fencing through Surfers, like here at View Ave


Watering or washing the tracks near Elkhorn Ave


Cavill Avenue is the best indicator, as there's a bit of work near the tracks to do.


I'd guess they might start testing this part on Wednesday night, provided some work get done at Cavill Ave and no other issues arise.

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Old March 8th, 2014, 06:06 PM   #3297
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Further south, there a little more to do at Broadbeach. More likely testing on Sunday night or later.


The station is largely complete. The passenger info displays here are running Firefox for surfing the web.


Some wiring and other hazards on the site have to be cleared before the fencing can be removed.


A lot of fencing. This will be a tricky intersection to open.


I wonder when they will test the buses.


End of the Line. Concrete obstacles to stop runaway trams getting to Mermaid Beach.



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Old March 8th, 2014, 10:28 PM   #3298
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^ I think they have set up Broadbeach similar to GCUH (ie that last photo is the stabling road).
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Old March 9th, 2014, 05:41 AM   #3299
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^ I think they have set up Broadbeach similar to GCUH (ie that last photo is the stabling road).
I was at pacific fair one hour ago no sign of tram wear on tracks equipment everywhere no chance of one coming
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Old March 9th, 2014, 10:48 AM   #3300
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I suspect they will be out by the end of the month but there is no risk of them appearing tomorrow. All of the signalling appears to be active but there are barriers and heavy equipment all over the line, some 'tram only' and intersection marking still to be placed etc. Looks like 1-2 weeks work easily.

Didn't go along the corridor through Surfers today, only passed through by bus, so don't know what it currently looks like between the Staghorn Ave terminus and Northcliffe.
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