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There's not that many people who would choose not to work from home, if they have the option.

Unfortunately there's a lot of managers out there who still during these times prefer people coming in to the office when it's not entirely nessecary.
 

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There's not that many people who would choose not to work from home, if they have the option.

Unfortunately there's a lot of managers out there who still during these times prefer people coming in to the office when it's not entirely nessecary.
Tell me about it. I am in that exact situation.

For some reason my manager has asked we come back, today was my first day actually but all the other teams are still mostly working from home. It was like a ghost town.

And what I did today is the same as what I’ve been doing at home since mid March.
 

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The latest version of the health regulations say that employers are required to let staff work from home where it is possible. This was a new one as far as I know.


Public Health (COVID-19 Restrictions on Gathering and Movement) Order (No 2) 2020directs employers to allow employees to work from home if this is reasonably practicable. The order removes the previous stay at home requirement. People can participate in gatherings in a public place of not more than 10 people. The order also requires certain premises to be closed to the public and places limits on the number of people in certain premises.
The order commenced 15 May 2020.
 

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The latest version of the health regulations say that employers are required to let staff work from home where it is possible. This was a new one as far as I know.
You don't tend to get very far in most workplaces by being that one person that continually mentions government regulations & laws, and brings up a vanity threat to go to Fair Work Australia every time they don't get what they want.

Also, the discretion of "reasonably possible" comes down to your employer's discretion, not yours. They could simply turn around and say that your team is working on an important project and it's not practical to have all of your collaborations and meetings using Skype for Business.
 

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On a more positive note, electric services between Mount Victoria and Lithgow are resuming from the first service on Saturday 23rd May, for the first time since trains were suspended due to the approaching Gospers Mountain fire on December 18th 2019.

From June 1st you'll legally be allowed to go for a ride on one, if your reason for going to Lithgow is non-essential ;)
 

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Don't think it's been posted here:

Transport Minister Andrew Constance said the major milestone will result in the creation of hundreds of jobs for the NSW economy to deliver essential upgrades to rail infrastructure including stabling yards, signalling, track, station platforms and power supply at key locations between Central, the T8 Airport Line tunnel and the South Coast.

The infrastructure upgrades, which form part of the NSW Government’s $4.3 billion More Trains, More Services program, will be delivered as two separate packages of work, each worth around $300 million.

The Next Rail partnership comprising of John Holland & Jacobs will deliver all projects from Central to Hurstville, while the Transport for Tomorrow partnership comprising of Laing O’Rourke & KBR will deliver all projects between Mortdale and Kiama.

Construction for the rail upgrades will begin in the middle of this year and be completed in advance of the service improvements, which are planned for late 2022.

Further improvements will be delivered for customers in 2024, including on the T4, T8 and South Coast Lines, as part of the More Trains, More Services Program to effectively integrate Sydney Metro City and Southwest.


KEY SERVICE IMPROVEMENTS FOR CUSTOMERS

T4 Illawarra Line
  • A 20 per cent increase in peak services on the T4 Illawarra Line. This includes an extra three services an hour in the peak for key hubs like Hurstville and Sutherland
  • Additional capacity to carry 3,600 more customers in the peak
T8 Airport Line
  • More services for the T8 Airport Line, including a 60 per cent increase at the International, Domestic, Mascot and Green Square stations during the morning peak, meaning trains on average every three to four minutes instead of every six minutes today
  • Additional capacity to carry 2,400 more customers in the peak
South Coast Line
  • During peak times, all New Intercity Fleet trains will operate as 10 car trains instead of eight, proving a new level of comfort, convenience and reliability for customers
  • An extra off peak service each hour between Wollongong and the Sydney CBD, meaning a train every 30 minutes on average
Current projects include:
Central-Hurstville


Mortdale-Kiama

 

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Construction for the rail upgrades will begin in the middle of this year and be completed in advance of the service improvements, which are planned for late 2022.
What's the latest time frame set for T3 to no longer run Sydenham-Erskineville?
It's reliant on the "Illawarra Locals" pair of tracks to be freed up, so South Coast can use it for the 10-car trains through to Central (above ground) thus freeing slots on the Illawarra Main & ESR tracks for the extra T4 trains.

No mention is made though, of a connection from the "Illawarra Locals" pair onto the Illawarra Dive tracks, north of Erskineville.
Unless the plan is to squeeze South Coast together with the T4 increases onto the Illawarra Main in 2022, then build the above mentioned connection to the dive between 2022-2024 (once T3 is removed) thus enabling the next phase:
"Further improvements will be delivered for customers in 2024, including on the T4, T8 and South Coast Lines, as part of the More Trains, More Services Program to effectively integrate Sydney Metro City and Southwest"
 

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For a 400+ pg doc it's short on renders





On the T4 line -
Transport for NSW is investigating options for developing the land to the east of Redfern Station, above the underground T4 Eastern Suburbs and Illawarra Lines, including the site that is currently the car park off Marian Street. These investigations include improving access to the underground Platforms 11 and 12, which would make Redfern Station fully accessible. The temporary use of the site will not preclude plans to develop the site and provide improved access to Platforms 11 and 12.
 

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For a 400+ pg doc it's short on renders

That's because the renders they've got, fulfill all the necessary requirements:
  • Lollipop "T" sign
  • Cyclists
  • Person in wheelchair
  • Parent with pram
  • Person walking dog
  • Chick wearing short dress
Although it is missing all the luggage trolleys as seen in the Central Station animations.
 

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This is the wrong location. They should do the longer route directly to Wilson/Ivy Sts.
 

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ie. where the old bridge was? Yes, it would probably provide and easier route for Sydney Uni students, but less so for Redfern residents, unless it ran diagonally across and joined Marion St. The old bridge was straight across from Ivy St (effectively), and is a reason those long pathways extend south from platforms 2-10
 

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The temporary use of the site will not preclude plans to develop the site and provide improved access to Platforms 11 and 12.
Interesting - but I don't know if that's politically realistic. A high rise in that area will ruffle a few NIMBY feathers.

It might have been better to do it as part of this project, and wrap it up as one big station improvement sales pitch.
 
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