Sunday, May 23, 2010

Close George Street

This is exciting stuff. The Central to Lilyfield tram light rail line is being extended to Dulwich Hill. Even more exciting is the suggestion that George Street in Sydney may be closed to motor cars and the tram extended via George Street to Circular Quay. Perhaps it will go on to The Rocks and then to the ghastly proposed Barangaroo. The idea has been mooted. Go for broke and make that Darling harbour and we have a loop.

One thing I am sure of, if there is a tram along George Street from Central to the Quay, the tram will be so overwhelmed with passengers, that new trams will have to be quickly ordered and the service interval reduced. Better that they initially order very big trams.

As an occasional visitor to Sydney, I have no idea about north south buses in the city. I either walk or use the underground train or sometimes the monorail. I won't live to be old enough to understand how buses in Sydney city work. But I know how trams work and if I see a track, I can see where the tram is going. I read that bus congestion is a problem in George Street. Nothing new there. Tram congestion used to be a problem in Sydney city. But they used to think laterally and do something about it.

One small step for mankind, the next step, a tram along Anzac Parade and Oxford Street and the eastern suburbs train line extended to Bondi Beach and then along the coast to Coogee. By running it along the coast, it will alleviate worries about the train pouring people into Bondi Beach. People will go on to other beaches. I feel sorry for locals who live at Bondi Beach and have to put up with the transfer from the train at Bondi Junction to a bus, among hordes of tourists.

10 comments:

  1. mmm ... the centre of Sydney - geographically and demographically - is Parramatta. So the train/tram thingo to the east is not a goer. The tram down George to CQ may be a goer but would need to have the flow of traffic for the entire CBD synchronised. Around via Barangaroo and DH would not be viable. Let the people walk - it is good for them. NO new routes through/under/over The Rocks. I have a design plan for CQ sometime in the past which looks stupendously good. Will try to post it this week and get your opinion.

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  2. I agree Julie, I don't think the eastern subs railway will ever be extended, but I still like my idea. The only reason the Lilyfield tram is being extended is because the goods line train reservation is there. City traffic will have to have a complete rethink. They have done it before, as I am sure you know. Love to see your idea for the Quay. It is pretty confusing for tourists catching a bus to begin with.

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  3. When I was last in Sydney I noticed there is now a free CBD shuttle bus. It runs in a loop between Central Station and Circular Quay Via George and Elizabeth Streets. Seems to run more or less to one of the proposed light rail routes.

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  4. Indeed there is Ben. Did I recently read that there were two different free city route buses? Thanks for the link to the clear map. I see a lot of bus sitting in traffic.

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  5. Anonymous9:40 am

    I will believe it when I see it....

    Clover Moore is more interested in building bike lanes, that the cyclists don't use.

    Public transport to Sydney's newer suburbs is needed more desperately then extending the Eastern Suburbs rail line.

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  6. Sydney, like Melbourne has areas that don't have trains but desperately need them. Disgraceful.

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  7. One downside of David Campbell's fall from grace as a closet gay or bisexual is that he (apparently) was an advocate for light rail and according to the Premier it was he who broke down the long running Government and Public Service resistance to light rail in Sydney.

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  8. That is unfortunate Victor. NSW pollies should visit Adelaide and see how welcome their revitalisation of their tram line has become.

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  9. Anonymous6:44 pm

    Andrew, I went on the Sydney tram yesterday. A bit like going on the Port Melbourne/St Kilda light rail, but there was nothing to see at the other end. Friends in Dulwich Hill are excited about the prospect of it extending to their suburb.

    Cheers, Walker

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  10. As did we last year Walker. We went up in the lift at Lilyfield, looked around at nothing and then back down again for the next tram back. I recall that it wasn't too far to walk to Norton Street, a famous tram street, which is kind of like Lygon Street.

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