NSW Government steals Western Sydney’s future with over-priced light rail

EcoTransit Sydney – Media Release: NSW Government steals Western Sydney’s future with over-priced light rail (8 December 2015)

Ecotransit Sydney today welcomed the government building one quarter of the Parramatta light rail network. However the community is staggered by the massive cost of such a small start. With a massive initial estimate and so little detail, taxpayers are left concerned that this is yet another open ended honey pot for the construction industry.

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A mystery leaflet spruiking the Waterloo station option.
Closures: Be prepared for another weekend of buses replacing trains.

Rail shutdowns under question

Closures: Be prepared for another weekend of buses replacing trains.

Closures: Be prepared for another weekend of buses replacing trains.

St George & Sunderland Leader: Rail shutdowns under question By Murray Trembath Sept. 17, 2015

The  T4 Illawarra rail line will be closed again this weekend amid continuing questions about the frequency of the shutdowns. Continue reading “Rail shutdowns under question” »

Go slow over Hawkesbury Rail Bridge

HawkesburyBridgeABC NSW: Go slow over Hawkesbury Rail Bridge By Mary-Louise Vince (15 September 2015)

Public transport advocacy group, Ecotransit Sydney says rail travel times between Newcastle and Sydney are already too slow without safety concerns along the Hawkesbury River bridge on the New South Wales Central Coast. Continue reading “Go slow over Hawkesbury Rail Bridge” »

Save Newtown from WestCONnex meeting – Mat Hounsell

Save Newtown from WestCONnex meeting – Mat Hounsell (part 4 of 12) Video by Andrew Chuter (10 August 2015) On 10 Aug 2015, Save Newtown from WestCONnex hosted a public meeting in the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre. Speakers: Jenny Leong MP, Celia Morris, Mathew Hounsell, Professor Paul Torzillo, Mark Ely

Friends of Erskineville president Darren Jenkins said locals are often unsure if they will be able to board overcrowded trains at peak periods. Source: Ryan Quinn

Bypassing Erskineville

Friends of Erskineville president Darren Jenkins said locals are often unsure if they will be able to board overcrowded trains at peak periods. Source: Ryan Quinn

Friends of Erskineville president Darren Jenkins said locals are often unsure if they will be able to board overcrowded trains at peak periods. Source: Ryan Quinn

Inner West Independent: Bypassing Erskineville July 23, 2015

More than 100 angered Erskineville residents have united at the suburb’s town hall to end uncertainty over the future of trains to Erskineville and St Peters stations. Continue reading “Bypassing Erskineville” »

Under way: Work has been undertaken to stabilise the rail embankment. Picture: Jessica Christodoulou

$17 million cost of Arncliffe pedestrian tunnel ‘shocks’ country cousins

Under way: Work has been undertaken to stabilise the rail embankment. Picture: Jessica Christodoulou

Under way: Work has been undertaken to stabilise the rail embankment. Picture: Jessica Christodoulou

St George and Sutherland Shire Leader: $17 million cost of Arncliffe pedestrian tunnel ‘shocks’ country cousins By Murray Trembath June 19, 2015

Roads and Infrastructure Minister Duncan Gay has defended the staggering $17 million cost of the Arncliffe pedestrian tunnel, saying comparisons with other projects are ‘‘simplistic’’. Continue reading “$17 million cost of Arncliffe pedestrian tunnel ‘shocks’ country cousins” »

The Cable car at Taronga Zoo, Sydney. Source: sydney.com

Locals slam cable car system

The Cable car at Taronga Zoo, Sydney. Source: sydney.com

The Cable car at Taronga Zoo, Sydney. Source: sydney.com

AltMedia: Locals slam cable car system June 18, 2015

Locals have criticised the proposal for a cable car system across Sydney Harbour as an ineffective plan to ease traffic in the Bays Precinct and city. The proposed 3.4 kilometre cable system would transport commuters to stations at Rozelle Bay, White Bay Power Station, White Bay cruise terminal, Pyrmont and Barangaroo in under five minutes. Continue reading “Locals slam cable car system” »

An artist's impression of the Newcastle light rail

Newcastle and UrbanGrowth NSW to sign MOU on urban renewal

An artist's impression of the Newcastle light rail

An artist’s impression of the Newcastle light rail

The Fifth Estate: Newcastle and UrbanGrowth NSW to sign MOU on urban renewal (2 June 2015)

The City of Newcastle will sign a memorandum of understanding with UrbanGrowth NSW that acknowledges the council’s role in the urban renewal of Newcastle and defines how the two bodies will work to implement the state government’s controversial Newcastle Urban Transformation and Transport program. Continue reading “Newcastle and UrbanGrowth NSW to sign MOU on urban renewal” »

Saving Wolli Creek trailer

The Wolli Creek Valley is inner south-west Sydney’s environmental gem but might have been an 8-lane freeway. It was saved by Sydney’s longest conservation fight. For 40 years a struggle over Sydney’s future has been fought out here, a struggle that isn’t yet over. It’s been a battle between freeways and public transport; between open Read more about Saving Wolli Creek trailer[…]

rAlien – North West Rail Link

The O’Farrell government intends to build the  with 15 kilometres of double small-diameter tunnels (around 6m). These will fit only single-deck metro-style rolling stock. Compared to the standard-sized tunnels of the Epping-Chatswood line, which have walkways 850mm wide, the NWRL’s planned narrow tunnel size allows only very narrow and height-constrained escape walkways. They will be Read more about rAlien – North West Rail Link[…]

Bankstown state Labor MP Tania Mihailuk at Chester Hill train station with angry commuters, protesting the Sydney Trains cuts to train timetables. Picture: Timothy Clapin

Light rail link from Bankstown to Parramatta would boost jobs but will WestConnex swallow all funds?

Bankstown state Labor MP Tania Mihailuk at Chester Hill train station with angry commuters, protesting the Sydney Trains cuts to train timetables. Picture: Timothy Clapin

Bankstown state Labor MP Tania Mihailuk at Chester Hill train station with angry commuters, protesting the Sydney Trains cuts to train timetables. Picture: Timothy Clapin

Canterbury-Bankstown Express: Light rail link from Bankstown to Parramatta would boost jobs but will WestConnex swallow all funds? James Beech (April 27, 2015)

More than 16,000 people who commute from Bankstown to Parramatta each day would benefit from light rail linking the two regions. Continue reading “Light rail link from Bankstown to Parramatta would boost jobs but will WestConnex swallow all funds?” »

Premier Baird announcing the plan.

Baird’s new harbour crossing plan under fire

Premier Baird announcing the plan.

Premier Baird announcing the plan.

AltMedia: Baird’s new harbour crossing plan under fire. By Joe Bourke (April 16, 2015)

Co-convenor of EcoTransit Sydney, Gavin Gatenby has attacked Mike Baird’s plan for a second harbour rail crossing, calling the government’s recent announcement that drilling has begun on the project a “stunt”. Continue reading “Baird’s new harbour crossing plan under fire” »

The transport system we really need

South Sydney Herald: The transport system we really need (15 March 2015)

Every time you walk around the “hood” you may very well meet one of the 50,000 new residents moving to southern Sydney. The newly planned Southern Growth Area is loosely defined from the Eastern Distributor to the Southern Railway and from Cleveland Street to Gardeners Road. The City is being redrawn dramatically, with the old Waterloo Swamp now transforming into the dense heart of the city. This ambitious venture deserves all the attention it can get from the community. Continue reading “The transport system we really need” »

Rockdale Residents Unite: No WestConnex Meeting

Rockdale Residents Unite: No WestConnex Meeting – Tuesday 25 November 2014 Michelle Zeibots, Research Principal at the Institute for a Sustainable Future at UTS, outlines why WestConnex is NOT the solution to Sydney’s transport problems.

Freeways contribute to the Los Anglisation of Sydney.

Westconnex latest attempt to ram through a thoroughly discredited freeway scheme

Freeways contribute to the Los Anglisation of Sydney.

Freeways contribute to the Los Anglisation of Sydney.

SMH: Westconnex latest attempt to ram through a thoroughly discredited freeway scheme Gavin Gatenby. (November 24, 2014)

Duncan Gay should get out more if he really believes Sydneysiders are overjoyed about WestConnex and that “our city is on the cusp of another quantum leap in growth” and that in the face of this “we can be crippled by timidity or inspired by action”. Continue reading “Westconnex latest attempt to ram through a thoroughly discredited freeway scheme” »

Prime Minister Tony Abbott – Liberal-Nationals Coalition

It gives us no pleasure to say this, but the Prime Minister of the Liberal-Nationals Government – Mr Tony Abbott has repeatedly and emphatically restated that his government would not fund public transport. Moreover he has committed $1.5 billion dollars to build the WestConnex Motorway without even a completed concept or a thorough economic assessment. Read more about Prime Minister Tony Abbott – Liberal-Nationals Coalition[…]

Save Newcastle Rail!

A video record of a Save Our Rail demonstration outside NSW Parliament House on 28 May 2014 against the proposed truncation of the intercity rail line currently terminating at historic Newcastle Station in the heart of the city’s historic core.