Monday, May 31, 2010

Australian Public Transport: Fail

We can dream can't we? London, nay, even England, is constantly upgrading, extending and improving their rail systems. Why can't we? Train to the airport, high speed trains to regional cities, mega fast train to Sydney, suburban trains to Doncaster, Rowville, to the west and north west. This freeway building business is just not working at all. These are not a wish list, they are a must do list, and the time is right. We in Australia are just not getting it at all, whereas so many other places are.


East London Line - open for business

Doncaster Line - open for business


The East London Line is fully open for business this Sunday (23 May), following a month's preview of the Dalston Junction to New Cross Gate section. The full service takes in New Cross, West Croydon and Crystal Palace and will see trains run from around 5.40am to midnight on weekdays and Saturdays, and from around 7am on Sundays.

The Doncaster Line is fully open for business this Sunday (23 May), following a month's preview of the Victoria Park to Doncaster section. The full service takes in Kew, Far Kew East, Balwyn and North Balwyn and will see trains run from around 5.40am to midnight on weekdays and Saturdays, and from around 7am on Sundays.

The £1 billion upgrade includes new air-conditioned trains, four new and 14 refurbished stations, 3.5 km of new track and bridges (and renewal of older track and bridges), and a new maintenance depot. Around 100,000 commuters are expected to use the new London Overground route per day in 2011 (rising to 120,000 by 2016), compared to 30,000 per day on its Tube predecessor.

The $2 billion upgrade includes new air-conditioned trains, five new stations, several km of new track and bridges , and a new maintenance depot. Around 100,000 commuters are expected to use the new Doncaster line per day in 2011 (rising to 120,000 by 2016), compared to 3,000 per day on its bus predecessor.

Keen to publicise the opening, TfL are giving 10,000 free tickets away across the line on Sunday. Early birds can take in the new line from the following times:

Keen to publicise the opening, Metro are giving 10,000 free tickets away across the line on Sunday. Early birds can take in the new line from the following times:

14 comments:

  1. *sob*
    The dream seemed oh so real....
    until you cut off your pony tail :P

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  2. Hi Andrew

    As a former very long-term Londoner I have to tell you that the public transport system in that city has been through some very tough times. Its current efficiency owes everything to Ken Livingstone, who made transport his priority over a thirty-year period. The bendy-buses were a folly but mostly it just kept getting better and better after he regained power.


    Economies of scale are the most important thing in public transport ecomonics. Britain is a small country with lots of people in it. They have been conditioned to travelling together in confined carriages over many centuries. Australia is the opposite of this model in every respect.

    I know you are a transport professional and it must irk you enormously that Australia has such a problem with getting this right but I can assure you, because I lived through how bad it all was in Europe in the 80s, that is really all about the numbers.

    xxx


    Pants

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  4. A clever post Andrew. Extending / reinstating sections of the rail network should be a priority of government.It is annoying that the pollies in this country prefer we all drive cars along tolled freeways. What's climate change?

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  5. '...upgrading, extending and improving...rail systems...'

    I don't understand. What do those words mean? Please explain.

    Oh, that's right, I live in NSW and our state doesn't do those things.

    :-(

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  6. Very prosaic Jayne.

    Thanks Pants. I believe we do now have the numbers for all of the projects I mentioned. As they are finding out about light rail both here and overseas, build it and they will come, unlike tolled roads and tunnels. Livingston is a bit of a hero of mine! I think the bendy buses have gone now, or are about to. They seemed very large for narrow streets. I watched them being skillfully manoeuvred along Praed Street in Paddo.

    Thanks for the endorsement LiD. Does autumn seem very late this year to you? It does to me. I think we are seeing climate change before our eyes.

    It has in the past Victor, and I am sure it will happen again. We here are very much in the same boat.

    RH, I have given you a very reasonable run. I asked you to be nice to me and other commenters. You were not. I now keep everything you say or email and the file is building, whether you delete it or not. You are not welcome anymore, no matter how interesting what you say is. It makes me a little sad that it has turned out like this, but I'll live. See you around on other people's bogs, but not mine. As you once said, The End.

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  9. Anonymous9:58 pm

    Nah, your just shitty cause its better than ours (and yes, I have used it)
    Michael.

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  10. I am not getting this comment Michael, but it must be time to clean this post up, so I am deleting.

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  11. Anonymous2:44 pm

    Andrew - sorry, its my black humour - I would be envious of ANY public transport system that runs better than ours..
    Michael.

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  12. Okies, get it now. I liked it, except for the heat underground.

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  13. Anonymous7:21 pm

    Yep. Being a Bogan does make communication difficult at times, I mean no offense to anyone, far from it.
    Michael.

    We used the underground for a few weeks, off peak, all day card (from a person) for a pound, and if it got munched or broken and the scanner wouldn't read it, there were LOTS of friendly staff around to help.

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  14. I expect I responded when it was late at night. Upon review, I can't see why I did not get your comment. We had no real interaction with staff, but I complaints from locals there about them. But it is always easier for staff to deal with happy tourists than grumpy locals.

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