Sydney: World's best city
I am glad that I did a photowalk around Mascot Station and it was nothing but dead quiet. It is pure common sense to remove the access fee for Mascot and Green Square.
I love the logic in this one - the timetable was reworked to improve reliability, so there must be some slack to shove more express services in.The Liberals want to introduce an extra 135 weekly express services to serve outer suburbs and the Central Coast if elected next month according to todays edition of The Sun Herald (19/2/2011).
More details here: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/state-election-2011/ofarrell-express-to-victory-20110219-1b099.html
Presumably the finance companies supporting both the previous and current ownership entities are politically well connected. All the debacle of Sydney Airport is down to corruption and influence among the well connected and the NSWALP (insert NSW Liberal Party when time comes).Compare it with most airports overseas: they have regular fare services and premium services. Tokyo Narita, Heathrow and some others even have 3 tiers of service: regular fare/service, express, and super duper express. The super-express in Tokyo would cover AirportLink 5km journey from domestic in 2.3 minutes, and actually costs much less per km, and much more comfortable. Meanwhile the regular service in Tokyo, still faster than AirportLink costs only 1,100 yen for a 70 km journey. In Europe many airports like Frankfurt, Schiphol and Zurich are like hubs in a vast rail network and normal fares apply like any other station. Most airports in the United States have a reasonable bus services, with same service and fares as bus services in other parts of those cities (even if PT in general seems poor), in addition to their ubiquitous shuttles.
Why are Australian cities so different? Maybe Sydney is a 'poor' city, with too few people or airport users so it couldn't afford that or maybe bad government decisions that the public dont challenge? Maybe buying a bankrupt AirportLink wouldve been a good idea, and slugging the owners with massive utility, rates and land tax hikes (like they do the rest of the population) would get the operators to simply give away Mascot and Green Square.
Nice idea - the problem is, the thieves who run the airport also charge for the luggage trolleys hno:Also, Australian airports are practically unique in that they charge for getting from one terminal to another in the same airport. I wish Sydney users would learn to protest this by all pushing their luggage on trolleys along Airport Drive. Im sure Melbourne would also charge to get between terminals if they could.
I've used the airport line for years. It was built in part, for the Olympics and as a cheap relief line for sector 2. I don't mind using it paying the extra few dollars as it's far easier to use than driving and parking. I worked at T2 today.I am glad that I did a photowalk around Mascot Station and it was nothing but dead quiet. It is pure common sense to remove the access fee for Mascot and Green Square.
And longer stops at stations. Some trains at Hurstville are often forced to stay there for up to three minutes.I love the logic in this one - the timetable was reworked to improve reliability, so there must be some slack to shove more express services in.
Of course this won't affect reliability.......
not long after that they started protesting about parking meters, lack of parking spaces and too much trafficHow sad is this.......... The Carr Govenment listened to the NIMBY voices of only 2000 and decided not to proceed. This is the problem for Sydney, the minority voicing their concern and a weak Governemnt.
Bondi Locals Shout Down Rail Link
Bondi residents turned out in force at Bondi Beach on Sunday 26/4/98 to protest against the proposed CityRail extension from Bondi Junction to the beach.
The crowd, estimated at about 2000 people, was led by singer Kate Ceberano and actor Michael Caton.
Since the environmental impact statement for the proposed link started, hundreds of locals have been out to stop it, including a group called "Save Bondi Beach".
You can contact "Save Bondi Beach" at:
Save Bondi Beach
Locked Bag 7000
Bondi Beach NSW 2026
Oh is it that time again? Must be all of four months since we went through this.I remember those NIMBY campaigns against the Eastern Suburbs line extension to Bondi Beach. Really stupid of them and a lost opportunity to provide a rail link a major tourist destination and beach.