Decision on light rail postponed until next week

Posted: December 6, 2012 in Transport
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The Daily Telegraph reports that cabinet is expected to make a decision on light rail when it meets next week. The light rail issue had already been before cabinet twice before heading into a cabinet meeting again last week. Light rail is expected to be split into two stages: stage one from the University of NSW to Central Station, and stage two from Central Station to Circular Quay via George Street.

Stage one of the light rail extension will go from the University of NSW and head North to Central Station. Then, if it goes ahead, stage two will continue North from Central Station through to Circular Quay. Click on image for higher resolution. (Source: Transport Master Plan, page 155.)

Stage one of the light rail extension will go from the University of NSW and head North to Central Station. Then, if it goes ahead, stage two will continue North from Central Station through to Circular Quay. Click on image for higher resolution. (Source: Transport Master Plan, page 155.)

Stage one has been almost a certainty ever since it received the endorsement of both Transport for NSW and Infrastructure NSW, and will be built first.

There remains some uncertainty over whether or even when stage two, the George St light rail, will be built, though the Telegraph states that the Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian “is understood to be winning the argument” on building light rail between Central and Circular Quay. The two major arguments made against stage two have been the cost and the disruption to CBD streets during the construction phase. The latter was particularly problematic given that the disruption would occur at the height of the next state election, and it is for this reason that construction of light rail on George St will not begin until after the 2015 election.

The final version of the transport masterplan is to be released this month, in which all the recommendations from Infrastructure NSW will have been considered and then either adopted or rejected. Other things to look out for when this report is released are the fates of the BRT tunnel under the CBD and a second Harbour rail crossing.

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Comments
  1. SimonL says:

    Postponed? When was it due?

  2. According to the Daily Telegraph (see second link), cabinet was to make a final decision at a cabinet meeting last week. It now claims that this decision will be made at a cabinet meeting next week. Given the Transport Masterplan is set to be finalised this month, a decision can’t be put off much longer. Though I wouldn’t be surprised if cabinet says “we’ll build light rail on George St if/when we get the money”.

  3. Shaun says:

    Listen nothing’s gonna happen people. The unsw light rail will start being built after studies blablabla and by the time the studies are completed well have a new government and the process will start again from scratch. If light rail or in fact any transport system was going to be built, it would have already happened years ago. The solution s simply drive your car as much as possible.

  4. Shaun says:

    There’s a difference between a plan and action. The libs have been in power for almost two years and still haven’t got a final plan. Face it – nothing’s gonna happen

  5. That’s just factually incorrect. Just on light rail the current government has integrated the fare system into myZone and purchased the private company that owns the current light rail line, which avoids having to re-negotiate the contract in order to extend the network.

    Meanwhile, construction has begun on the extension of the existing Inner West line from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill (which had already been extended by the previous government) and an order has been placed to buy new rolling stock for the line. Both Transport for NSW and Infrastructure NSW have endorsed light rail between Central and the University of NSW, and no one in cabinet is speaking against that project so it is all but ready to go ahead.

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