NSW infrastructure: who is fit to govern?

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?[…]

Western line upgrade dumped in favour of WestConnex Tolls

  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[…]

Dharawal Line – a better rail solution for Western Sydney Airport

  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

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[…]

Proposed Garigal Line from Dee Why to Chatswood

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[…]

The Fifth Estate: The top 10 TFE articles of 2015

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!

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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.
There are likely to be an extra 20,000 cars on weekdays on the Anzac Bridge when WestConnex is built.

WestConnex Business Case Just One Big Con

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” »

WestConnex will worsen traffic problems

p8_trafficGreen 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” »

EcoTransit News: WestConnex – $15 billion down a hole!

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![…]

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” »

New pedestrian bridge for Moore Park

An artist's rendering of the Albert Tibby Cotter bridge

An artist’s rendering of the Albert Tibby Cotter bridge

AltMedia: New pedestrian bridge for Moore Park by Christopher Harris August 27, 2015

Plans to build another pedestrian bridge just a few hundred metres from the controversial Tibby Cotter Bridge near Moore Park have been slammed by transport lobbyists Ecotransit. Continue reading “New pedestrian bridge for Moore Park” »

A public meeting at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre held by the Westconnex Action Group on Monday night. Photo: Lorrie Graham

Westconnex clearways could turn King Street into Parramatta road: Plibersek

A public meeting at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre held by the Westconnex Action Group on Monday night. Photo: Lorrie Graham

A public meeting at the Newtown Neighbourhood Centre held by the Westconnex Action Group on Monday night. Photo: Lorrie Graham

Inner West Independent: Westconnex clearways could turn King Street into Parramatta road: Plibersek  by Alexander Lewis August 13, 2015

Federal deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek has joined an accelerating campaign to put the brakes on WestConnex. Continue reading “Westconnex clearways could turn King Street into Parramatta road: Plibersek” »