Fix N.S.W. Transport!

The government of New South Wales (Australia) has made some very short-sighted transport decisions which will cause serious disruption to established public transport services. Help us put pressure on the Premier (Gladys Berejiklian) and the Minister for Transport (Andrew Constance) to Fix NSW Transport.

1. The CBD and south-east light rail, to be built from Circular Quay to Randwick, will be extremely disruptive and will not have the capacity required for peak-hour loadsLearn more ...

2. The existing railway into Newcastle, a vital piece of transport infrastructure for over 100 years, was closed permanently in December 2014 and its land is to be handed over to developers. Learn more ...

3. The railway between Epping and Chatswood, opened in 2009, is to be cut back to a shuttle for four months then closed for seven months for modifications required by the new small metro trains on the North West Rail Link to Rouse Hill. Learn more ...

4. The authorities are developing a project called Sydney Metro, extending the north-west rail link under the harbour and the CBD to the southern suburbs. They seem to be intent on minimising the number of stations for the inner suburbs. Learn more ...

5. The NSW government wants to order four ferries ("River Kittens") for the Parramatta River services. They are too small for the job. Learn more...
Meanwhile, new vessels ordered for inner-harbour Sydney Ferries runs have been delayed for months. Learn more...

6. The NSW government wants to build more roads through and around the inner west in a project called Westconnex. Every few weeks someone dreams up another bypass or tunnel or road amplification somewhere and adds it to Westconnex so it's difficult to keep up. Learn more ...

Some smaller items

7. There is a so-called "Bus Priority Program" busily removing handy stops from Sydney bus routes. Learn more...

8. You've heard stories about people badly delayed in traffic around Sydney Airport and missing their flights. What should be done about it? Learn more...

9. Many buses and trams around Sydney (and some train windows) are wrapped in a skin of perforated plastic with advertising printed on the outside. Good or bad? Learn more ...

10. Are you tired of graffiti in your train or around the stations and track? Learn more ...

11. How long since you've been on a country train? They're getting a bit run-down. What should be done to improve them? Learn more ... How about the Northern Rivers trains?

12. Inner west bus services are to be privatised. Others may well follow. Is this good or bad? Learn more ...

13. There is to be a very expensive 9km road tunnel under Pennant Hills Road called NorthConnex. Public money is being pumped into the project without proper justification. Learn more ...

Also,

14. WESTCONNEX SATELLITES:

The Government wants to build another expensive motorway tunnel, this one crossing Middle Harbour and perhaps eventually connecting with Westconnex via a new road tunnel under Sydney Harbour. Who will pay for it? Learn more...

The NSW government is accelerating the proposed F6 extension "Southconnex" between St Peters and Waterfall. Learn more...

A study called "Alexandria to Moore Park Connectivity Upgrade" recommends a complete reconstruction of the Dacey-Alison-Anzac intersection. It wouldn't have been needed until Westconnex and CBD&S-E light rail came along! It's nothing to do with connectivity - it's CAPACITY. Simply, there are too many cars!

There should be business cases for all these roads, prepared to a high professional standard and accepted by Infrastructure Australia. In the absence of published business cases or any hint that they're coming, we can only assume that major decisions are made by ministerial whim.

15. There is a plan to add forty thousand new home units to Parramatta Road, stretching roughly between Camperdown and Granville. Yet no transport plan exists to provide an essential service to the area. Learn more ...

16. No plan exists to charge motorists for using busy roads at peak hours, despite numerous examples of it in other cities and at least one careful inquiry into the matter. However, the NSW government frequently invokes the cost of traffic congestion as a reason for huge road projects such as Westconnex. Are they serious? Learn more ...

The NSW government protests in each case that the decisions were made after extensive public consultation. It would be more truthful to say the decisions were made DESPITE the consultation.

Learn more about public consultation.

17. A footbridge across Anzac Parade at Moore Park was rushed through the approval process. Learn more ...

18. North Sydney council very reasonably wants express northern beaches buses to serve its business district. Learn more ...

19. The election of Malcom Turnbull as Prime Minister opens real possibilities for Federal funding of public transport around Sydney. Learn more ...

20. There is a "Western Sydney Infrastructure Plan" ... exclusively for road expansion. What happened to public transport? Learn more...

21. Sydney's existing Inner West Light Rail is often overcrowded. Can the service be improved? Learn more...

22. The proposed Parramatta light rail network should be extended to make it more useful. An obvious improvement would be an Epping connection, which would help rail passengers from the north-west get to Parramatta. Learn more...

23. There are good reasons for planning transport and land-use together. That's not what happens in New South Wales. Learn more ...

24. Bus changes in the northern suburbs from 5 September 2016 saw many passengers' bus services worsen. Why did the changes happen? Learn more ...

25. It was announced on 17 August 2016 that a large batch of double-deck intercity train carriages is to be manufactured overseas. The seats in the upper and lower compartments will be fixed, so half the seats in each compartment will face the back of the train. Learn more ...

26. The free bus 55 which loops around much of Wollongong is to charge fares from January 2018. Learn more...

27. You've seen the huge T B F or L coloured lollipops around public transit stops. What are they for? Learn more :...

Generally,

Where could money come from to build desirable transport projects? NSW should of course cancel undesirable projects like Westconnex, freeing billions for essential rail improvements. Further funds should be borrowed. Learn more about Borrow & Build.

Including transport and other issues, how might the NSW coalition government fare in the 2019 state election? Learn more...


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