Saturday, November 27, 2021

Oh Dear

New South Wales has four public transport light rail tram lines. 

Sydney's L1 line has been suspended for up to 18 months because of defective trams. 

Newcastle's (upon Hunter) single tram line has been closed indefinitely 'for operational issues'. 

Sydney's L2 and L3 lines within the city between the busiest train station Central and the busy ferry terminal Circular Quay right through the heart of the city will be closed for maintenance from Friday night until Monday morning.

Two of the lines are suspended and the other two partly suspended. 

Nice work, Transport for New South Wales.

25 comments:

  1. It is gobsmackingly awful isn't it? I am so grateful that I am not in Sydney and dependent on public transport. I suspect short cuts were taken and (false) economies made.

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    1. EC, cheap off the shelf trams are the real problem, unsuited to local conditions. It rather depends on who ends up footing the bill for the rectification of Sydney trams, the government or the manufacturer CAF. However, the inconvenience to the public is massive. Your trams are a newer version of the same tram and I am sure they are now being carefully checked for the same faults.

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  2. None of us pay enough tax. Too much of what we do pay is wasted or siphoned off by so-called consultants.

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    1. Tasker, don't get me started on incompetent grifters described as consultants. Experienced staff do a much better job. I am happy to pay my tax but I don't think I should pay more to feed pigs at the trough.

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  3. Perhaps NSW should sign you up as their new transport supremo! Then everything would run like clockwork and your wages would arrive in wheelbarrows.

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    1. YP, at times you can be very sensible. I'll get the trains to run on time. Btw, my paternal grandmother had an Italian nee name that began with M.

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  4. Is problem lack of tax dollars and or mismangement.
    Coffee is on and stay safe

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    1. Dora, no shortage of money. It is purely mismanagement by those in charge, who politicians believe without question.

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  5. The buses there are going to be very crowded, taxis will be overworked and people will all walk around looking frowny.
    Or they may all just stay home. I would.

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    1. Unfortunately River, so many people rely on the Sydney L1 tram, including students sitting exams. The replacement bus service seems to take twice as long. Yeah, stay at home.

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  6. I have always been impressed with Sydney's PT but then I only took trains from the airport and up to Hornsby or Woy Woy. I wonder how far ahead people actually think when planning these things. The next election?

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    1. Caro, generally I think it is pretty good too, and we have used it quite a bit over the years. I would have to take a look at electorates to see if there is a political effect. I think Woy Woy is a long way north?

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    2. It's on the Central Coast where my son lives

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  7. Oh brother what a mess.

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    1. It is Strayer, and as I previously said, such things are happening around the world. Trains and trams used to be so reliable.

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  8. Good grief I bet many won't be happy about that.

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    1. Margaret, I would not be happy, but then I am not happy about anti vaxxers demonstrating every weekend and stopping our trams in the city.

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  9. Do you think it is a right wing state government who is simply not supporting public transport?

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    1. I'd love to say yes Hels, but the former NSW Labor government was as bad, if not worse. It was Gladys who got the two new trams up and running, even if the building of them was disastrous. The real problem is the bureaucracy with little experience advising ministers when very clever marketers push their inferior products.

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  10. Oh my! The DC metro is now saying the first of the year to return to "normal service" we are at about 40%, still trying to sort out the wheel issue on all of the new cars (about 60% of the rolling stock)

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    1. We can shake our heads in despair TP.

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  11. I love it when there is a problem on our subway and the announcer ways "shuttle buses will be running between A and B". In all my years here I have never managed to get on a shuttle bus! I don't believe they even exist!

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    1. Exactly the same here Jackie. Practically though, there can't be bus drivers sitting around just in case.

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  12. Sounds like someone didn't plan very well!

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    1. They certainly did not Steve.

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