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Media Release: NSW Government steals Western Sydney’s future with over-priced light rail
8 December 2015: EcoTransit Sydney today condemned the governments reported plans for the Parramatta light rail network. The reports in the Daily Telegraph indicate the government plans to close the Carlingford line to convert it to light rail and build just one of the Parramatta light rail lines to Stratfield.
A PEOPLE’S NEW M5 EIS
The New M5 EIS was released on November 26. Submissions can be made until the end of January 2016. This means that councils, community organisations such as parents and citizens associations of affected schools and members of the public only have until the end of the summer holiday period to submit responses. The People’s New M5 EIS considers this to be unacceptable and has joined calls for an extension until the end of February.
READ: ECOTRANSIT Sydney NEWSLETTER: $15 BILLION DOWN A HOLE
If it were ever completed, WestConnex would be the biggest underground motorway system anywhere in the world, and certainly, per kilometre, the most expensive. It will suck public funds out of vital public transport projects and much needed regional infrastructure.
What is EcoTransit Sydney?
EcoTransit Sydney advocates improving Sydney’s local environment by shifting transport from invasive modes like the private motor car that produce high levels of air, noise and water pollution to the less polluting public transport modes. We are also dedicated to the preservation of Sydney’s natural environment and heritage areas. EcoTransit Sydney members are consultants, academics, trainspotters, bus drivers, commuters, cyclists, engineers, planners and combinations of all of the above. See our posts and videos to get a close look at what interests us.
Latest EcoTransit Sydney news
EcoTransit has a monthly meeting usually on the first Saturday of the month close to Central Station. But the existing cafe venue for meetings has rather a lot of background noise which makes it difficult for members with any hearing problems. It is also a 7-8 minute walk from Central Station. So, this Saturday we Read more about Eternity Cafe at Sydney Central Station[…]
John Austen First published by John Menadue 22-mar-2019 Readers of Pearls and Irritations may have followed the transport infrastructure fiasco in NSW under conservative governments led first by Mr O’Farrell, then Mr Baird and now by one-time Transport Minister and Treasurer, Ms Berejiklian. Several reports last week put an exclamation mark to the debacle and Read more about NSW infrastructure: who is fit to govern?[…]
Roydon Ng Originally published at http://www.altmedia.net.au/upgrade-dumped-for-westconnex-tolls/137857 As the State Government pushes ahead with the controversial toll-road, despite community opposition, WestConnex is likely to become a lasting reminder of how good public transport was sidelined. With Western Sydney’s growing population there was no question that something had to be done to improve transport to and Read more about Western line upgrade dumped in favour of WestConnex Tolls[…]
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced on Friday 12-mar-2019 that, if re-elected on 23 March 2019, her government would continue the dismemberment and privatisation of Sydney’s rail system by building yet more Metro lines using driverless, single deck trains. Her proposed service for Western Sydney Airport, at Badgerys Creek, would force people to change trains at St Marys Read more about Dharawal Line – a better rail solution for Western Sydney Airport[…]
Privatising WestConnex is biggest waste of public funds in Australian history This article was originally published at https://www.michaelwest.com.au/privatising-westconnex-is-biggest-waste-of-public-funds-in-australian-history/ on 27-sep-2018. (Image courtesy of https://www.westconnexactiongroup.org.au) Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email On any measure, the WestConnex sale is not in the public interest. University of Sydney’s Transport Analyst, Christopher Standen, argues that the billions of dollars Read more about Privatising WestConnex[…]
As a resident of Mosman for the past 35 years I have been angered by the support of the sitting Federal Liberal MPs for Mackellar and Warringah for the NSW Govt’s Beaches Link proposal for yet another tolled motorway from the northern beaches to North Sydney and the WestCONnex at Rozelle, via the proposed Western Tunnel under Sydney Harbour. The NSW Read more about Proposed Garigal Line from Dee Why to Chatswood[…]
It has been obvious for several years now that the big decisions on the routes and nodes of major new public transport infrastructure are not being made by the Premier the Cabinet alone. The Premiers’ puppet masters were working out what decisions would maximise the profit potential for their corporations and then leave Read more about WHO IS REALLY MAKING THE BIG DECISIONS ABOUT METRO WEST?[…]
Now LNP governments in NSW has rarely felt the pressure to release a Business and ROI justification for its major infrastructure projects during the past 8 years can see why, yet again! https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/with-costs-climbing-to-20b-metro-west-business-case-runs-behind-20181228-p50olv.html John Young Director Strategy 2-jan-2019
EcoTransit Sydney welcomes the NSW Government’s announcement that they have adopted a policy to build High Speed Rail. We can only hope that it is not just a pre-election ploy to garner votes and distract from their failures such as the implementation of the Sydney and SE Light Rail. High Speed Rail is long overdue on Read more about High Speed Rail in NSW[…]
The Fifth Estate: The top 10 TFE articles of 2015 (22 December 2015)
2015 has been a huge year for The Fifth Estate. Reader numbers continued to grow; we clocked up our most read, commented upon and shared story in TFE history; and the number of special projects, events and ebooks we took on seemed to grow exponentially.
Following the success of COP21 and a renewed focus on cities from our federal government and indeed the world, we leave the year hopeful for an even bigger 2016 – hopeful that our leaders now finally understand the importance of a sector we’ve been talking about for close to seven years now, and hopeful that they will now implement some concrete actions to improve its sustainability.
As we head off for the Christmas break, we’ll leave you with the top 10 stories of 2015 – there’s some scandal, some hope, some “how-to”s and a little bit of old-fashioned sustainability ingenuity to boot. See you in 2016!
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.
SMH: Sydney Metro: Mysterious flyer pushes for new rail station at Waterloo, not Sydney University. Jacob Saulwick November 30, 2015
A University of Sydney animation shows a proposed $1.5 billion ‘knowledge hub’ and a new train station for a metro line through the city. Continue reading “Sydney Metro: Mysterious flyer pushes for new rail station at Waterloo, not Sydney University” »
State Government business case reveals increased traffic congestion on roads that are already struggling to cope
Inner West Courier: State Government business case reveals increased traffic congestion on roads that are already struggling to cope. Deborah FitzGerald November 24, 2015
There are likely to be an extra 20,000 cars on weekdays on the Anzac Bridge when WestConnex is built. Continue reading “State Government business case reveals increased traffic congestion on roads that are already struggling to cope” »
No WestConnex Public Transport: Media Release 20 November 2015
The “Strategic” Business Case for the 35-kilometre series of WestConnex Tollways has finally been released. It has no attributed author. The total cost is now predicted to be $16.8 billion. When it was announced in October 2012, the original cost of WestConnex was $10 billion. How high will these costs go? Continue reading “WestConnex Business Case Just One Big Con” »
Green Left Weekly: WestConnex will worsen traffic problems. Friday, October 23, 2015 By Jim McIlroy
Rather than reducing traffic congestion in Sydney, a report commissioned by the Leichhardt Council has found that the giant WestConnex tollway project will increase traffic problems in the city’s inner west. Continue reading “WestConnex will worsen traffic problems” »
AltMedia: Transport Forum in Alexandria calls for urgent solutions to burdened system By Kenji Sato (October 22, 2015)
Local Alexandria residents have raised concerns that the state government is not doing enough to address the increasing burden on Sydney’s transport networks. Continue reading “Transport Forum in Alexandria calls for urgent solutions to burdened system” »
EcoTransit News: WestConnex – $15 billion down a hole! (October 2015) If it were ever completed, WestConnex would be the biggest underground motorway system anywhere in the world, and certainly, per kilometre, the most expensive. This gigantic project, which would take at least 10 years to finish, is being forced on the NSW taxpayer at a time when the Read more about EcoTransit News: WestConnex – $15 billion down a hole![…]
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” »
ABC 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” »