I never liked that Greiner bloke when he was Premier of New South Wales but he has a plan. A plan to relieve Sydney's chronic traffic and transport problems.
It is no surprise to me that he comes up with a solution of building more freeways, or in this case, probably tollways that can earn money for his him and his rich mates. Even someone with the dimmest of intellects now knows what happens when you build more freeways. Unsurprisingly they fill up with traffic. I have seen this happen so many times. I recall arriving in Sydney by car on a Friday night around 2000, using the M5 and South Dowling Street. At one point, I almost gave up and headed back to Melbourne. On another visit, I recall the being in a tunnel of the same M5 and almost choking to death on engine fumes. I feel sorry for the locals who must put up with such conditions all the time.
What else did Greiner come up with? Well, he did not come up with any new train lines, a sure way to ease traffic problems.
A second harbour rail crossing? Nah, we won't do that. Stick an impossibly expensive construction figure on that and no one will want it.
I have hard that in the worst case, it can take fifty minutes to travel from Central in the south of the city to the Quay in the north. It is not so far, yet the sheer number of cars and buses makes it an incredibly slow trip. So how about one street closed to traffic with a light rail connecting the two? One tram can replace three buses or more and are so much more comfortable. Greiner says no.
Greiner is not totally against trams. He wouldn't mind one running from the University of New South Wales to Central. Well, is that where everyone along the way wants to go? Many would no doubt, but at best it would only service two city railway stations, when there are about half a dozen. Run it on from Central to the Quay, and it is starting to look really useful. On to The Rocks, Barangaroo and Darling Harbour and the crowds will flock to it. How many buses would that remove from city streets? A lot. If built as I suggest, it would be so successful from day one, it would have to be expanded.
Greiner does have a plan for buses though. Put them in tunnels underground at a cost of $2 billlion or more. Ah, Melbourne had such a plan for trams many years ago. The stupidity of the idea was noticed before anything was seriously done.
Greiner is a tosser.