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.

First dingo on the tram

Apart from guide dogs for the blind (and “seizure response dogs”) dogs haven’t been allowed on trains or trams in New South Wales, Australia, for decades. But suddenly and unexpectedly, since the opening of Sydney’s Dulwich Hill light rail extension, dogs are being allowed on the tram. It’s a beautiful thing. This is a video Read more about First dingo on the tram[…]

Dulwich Hill light rail – the opening

A record of the first services on, and official opening of, the extension of Sydney’s light rail service from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill on 27 March 2014. The extension resulted from a community campaign led by EcoTransit Sydney that began in May 2008. It pitted light rail supporters from across the political spectrum against the Read more about Dulwich Hill light rail – the opening[…]

SMH Letter to the Editor: Spending $2 billion on south-west rail link is a rip-off

SMH Letter to the Editor: Spending $2 billion on south-west rail link is a rip-off (9 October 2013) So Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian thinks it’s good news that the south-west rail link will be open a year ahead of schedule and $100 million less than the predicted $2.1 billion (”South-west railway a year ahead of Read more about SMH Letter to the Editor: Spending $2 billion on south-west rail link is a rip-off[…]

WestConnex: Greiner’s folly Part 3 – East-west axis – the problem & the solutions

Nick Greiner’s WestConnex proposal would cost at least $15 billion and take more than a decade to complete. In this video series EcoTransit Sydney will show that that would be time and money tragically wasted. Part 3 looks at Sydney’s east-west axis, whose major roads are the M4 and Parramatta Road. Modifications and additions to Read more about WestConnex: Greiner’s folly Part 3 – East-west axis – the problem & the solutions[…]

An artist's impression of light rail on Oxford St

Fresh impetus for Oxford St light rail

An artist's impression of light rail on Oxford St

An artist’s impression of light rail on Oxford St

AltMedia: Fresh impetus for Oxford St light rail April 25, 2013 

Local political and business leaders have vowed to continue the fight for light rail along Oxford St, despite the State Government’s decision to build Sydney’s first new light rail lines since the year 2000 on Devonshire St instead of Oxford St. Continue reading “Fresh impetus for Oxford St light rail” »

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” »

WasteConnex – Infrastructure NSW’s highest priority project

WasteConnex is THE highest priority project for construction, consulting and finance. Thirty-three kilometres of tollways will transform tollway revenue collection and provide vital state support for Leightons Lend Lease, Evans & Peck, Transurban and Macquarie Bank. WestConnex will suck $10 billion out of public transport and freight rail projects and deliver it to big construction, Read more about WasteConnex – Infrastructure NSW’s highest priority project[…]

Parramatta Road plan kicks buses to the kerb

Artist Impression of Parramatta Road Light Rail

Artist Impression of Parramatta Road Light Rail

SMH: Parramatta Road plan kicks buses to the kerb Jacob Saulwick August 23, 2012

Trams would be returned to Parramatta Road, running from Broadway as far west as Strathfield under a proposal from a public transport advocacy group.

The proposal, from EcoTransit, comes amid renewed interest in transport options for the inner west, with the state government also set to consider motorway options for the struggling arterial corridor. Continue reading “Parramatta Road plan kicks buses to the kerb” »

Two more tracks: How to boost Sydney’s commuter rail capacity

Sydneysiders are trying to get out of their cars and onto public transport but the city’s most important public transport system is at capacity. Two additional tracks across the Harbour Bridge and under the CBD will boost capacity by 50 per cent. The cheapest, quickest, simplest solution is to restore the two rail tracks that were Read more about Two more tracks: How to boost Sydney’s commuter rail capacity[…]

The Sydney rail costs rip-off

Radio 2UE’s Stuart Bocking talks to EcoTransit Sydney Convenor Gavin Gatenby on 19 June 2012 about overcosting of rail projects in NSW. The interview covers the South West Rail Link and North West Rail Link projects and compares them to other notable rail projects. Media coverage continues with Elizabeth Farrelly covering the overcosting issue SMH: Read more about The Sydney rail costs rip-off[…]

Let’s get the fast train to Newcastle

The ability to travel seamlessly from Sydney’s CBD right into Newcastle’s historic business, retail, and entertainment precinct is a priceless advantage that should be the making of Newcastle. Unfortunately, the Baird Government is insanely determined to rip up the last, vital, 2.5 km of track and sell the land to their developer mates. By best Read more about Let’s get the fast train to Newcastle[…]

The great rail infrastructure rip-off

EcoTransit Sydney’s Gavin Gatenby shows that new rail infrastructure costs in New South Wales have spiralled out of control over the last decade … to the point where prices are several times greater in NSW than they are elsewhere in Australia and internationally.

Tickets sales rocket on airport line as prices plunge

SMH: Tickets sales rocket on airport line as prices plunge Jacob Saulwick (June 9, 2011)

It was once unloved and unused. But patronage on Sydney’s Airport Line, which has the only privately owned stations on the CityRail network, has exploded since the former Labor government started subsidising fares on two stations. Continue reading “Tickets sales rocket on airport line as prices plunge” »