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Rail may be light on target

A TRANSPORT lobby group campaign to convert the Liverpool-Parramatta Transitway into a light rail system (trams) could receive some high-ranking assistance from Czech and Slovak Federal Republic consulate-general Peter Darmovzal.

Blacktown Transport Coalition secretary John Edward Harrington said the lobby group believed light rail was the most efficient and eco-friendly mode of public transport and had fired letters to Liverpool Council administrator Gabrielle Kibble, NSW Premier Morris Iemma and Transport Minister John Watkins this month alerting them of Eastern Europe's leading tramcar builders, Inekon-Skoda.

The Prague company is reported to have become interested in a Public Private Partnership finance option where it would run the system for 30-40 years, then hand it over to government.

''Comfort-wise, light rail is better,'' Mr Harrington said. ''It has a greater passenger capacity, it is better environmentally, there is no exhaust, it is silent, there is no need for sound barrier walls, it can use up to five different types of renewable energy including solar, wind, and wave, and stops allow curb-side loading and goods delivery parking, which satisfies shopkeepers.''
A spokeswoman for the Transport Minister said the Government would continue to look at all public transport options for Sydney but was committed to a three-year $135 million bus priority program, which began in 2005-06 ''to provide traffic priority for buses on key strategic corridors and further enhance T-way services''.

Sydney City Council recently announced its preliminary feasibility studies had found light rail a viable option for connecting the CBD, central and East Darling Harbour.

Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore said: ''The Government continues to stick its head in the sand over the future of Sydney's overwhelmed transport system  even in the face of more than 50 reports advocating light rail and expert advice from the City of Sydney. ''Ignoring light rail is inexplicable. The CBD is already overwhelmed by buses and providing more buses or making people stand on buses to increase capacity is not an acceptable answer.''
 

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Rail may be light on target

A TRANSPORT lobby group campaign to convert the Liverpool-Parramatta Transitway into a light rail system (trams) could receive some high-ranking assistance from Czech and Slovak Federal Republic consulate-general Peter Darmovzal.
This got picked up on another forum as a typically awful piece oflocal journalism. Let's fix it:

A TRANSPORT lobby group campaign to convert the Liverpool-Parramatta Transitway into a light rail system (trams) could receive some high-ranking assistance from Czech and Slovak Federal Republic consulate-general Peter Darmovzal.
Apparently two countries got merged into one and a high ranking diplomat became his office...

As for the actual proposal: stupid. The road is only five years old. Gonna be 15 before the infrastructure is sufficiently amortised to consider light rail conversion. Besides any of that, patronage is still low - quarter hourly service in the day, twice that in peak.
 
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