Rail Against Rail Cuts meeting with Mathew Hounsell

Friends of Erskineville: Rail Against Rail Cuts meeting with Mathew Hounsell (14 July 2015) Mathew explains issues facing Sydney public transport, major land use rezoning via urban activation, Metro faction vs CityRail faction, Rodd Staples,  North West Rail Link and behind story the push for driverless trains.

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[…]

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” »

Sydney North West rail link ‘unfit for purpose’

The planned single-deck line would be the start of the privatisation of the city's rail system.

The planned single-deck line would be the start of the privatisation of the city’s rail system.

Green Left Weekly: Sydney North West rail link ‘unfit for purpose’ (July 7, 2014)

The planned single-deck line would be the start of the privatisation of the city’s rail system.

The NSW Coalition government’s proposed private North West rail link, from Chatswood to Rouse Hill, will be “unfit for the purpose” it is intended for, according to Gavin Gatenby, co-convener of EcoTransit Sydney.

Instead of being a more efficient mode of mass commuter transport, the planned single-deck line would be an “entry wedge for the privatisation of the city’s rail system”.

The central plank on the NSW budget, released on June 17, was a plan to sell-off the state’s electricity infrastructure, the “poles and wires”, in order to fund large-scale transport projects — principally the $13 billion WestConnex private motorway, and the private North West rail line, intended to be later extended through the Sydney CBD to Bankstown, at an estimated cost of $10 billion. Continue reading “Sydney North West rail link ‘unfit for purpose’” »

Unfit for purpose

In 2012 NSW’s O’Farrell Government announced that Sydney’s long-awaited North West Rail Link would proceed, but only as a metro-style, privatised operation. In addition, the Epping-Chatswood tunnel and its stations would be modified so that it could not be used by modern double-deck suburban trains. Continue reading “Unfit for purpose” »