Changes to light rail sees additional parking, but objections remain

Posted: March 14, 2014 in Transport
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Planned changes to the CBD and South East Light Rail (CSELR) project between Circular Quay and Randwick will result in additional on street parking for some residents along its route, but falls short of requests by Randwick Council for a stop directly next to the Prince of Wales Hospital which would allow the full retention of High Cross Park in Randwick. The Randwick light rail interchange is currently set to be built in High Cross Park, which would lose about half of its grass surface to the interchange.

The revised Randwick light rail interchange features 3 times as much green space as originally proposed, but this is still half as much as is currently there. Click to enlarge. (Source: CSELR Submissions Report, p. 6-65)

The revised Randwick light rail interchange features 3 times as much green space as originally proposed, but this is still half as much as it currently contains. Click to enlarge. (Source: CSELR Submissions Report, p. 6-65.)

The changes are part of Transport for NSW’s responses to the 487 submissions to the project’s Environmental Impact Statement. Additional parking on Wansey Road in Randwick, which was to have its parking spaces removed in the original project design, would instead become a one way street in order to retain an unspecified number of on street parking spots. Current plans would see almost 900 on street parking spaces lost along the full 12km alignment in order to accommodate light rail. Both light rail stops along Wansey Road will also be shifted off Wansey Road, onto Alison Road and High Street. Meanwhile, 5 parking spaces would be removed adjacent to High Cross Park in order to maintain additional green space in the park, which will now keep about half of its green space, three times as much as originally proposed.

The Chalmers Street stop adjacent to Central Station is now planned to also be a pedestrianised zone. Click to enlarge. (Source: CSELR Submissions Report, p. 6-18.)

The Chalmers Street stop adjacent to Central Station is now planned to also be a pedestrianised zone. Click to enlarge. (Source: CSELR Submissions Report, p. 6-18.)

Other changes include a movement of the Moore Park stop South to be adjacent to Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls High Schools as well as a pedestrian bridge to link the stop to the schools across Anzac Parade. It will also see the overhead wire free zone restricted to the pedestrian only portion of George St, meaning that overhead wires will be imposed between Wynyard and Circular Quay. Special event platforms at Central and Moore Park will be removed, with turnbacks near each stop deemed sufficient to turn trams around at each stop during special events, while the Central Station stop at Chalmers Street will be pedestrianised, with no vehicles allowed between Eddy Avenue and Devonshire Street. The UNSW stop, which was previously proposed to be on UNSW property, will now be located in the median of Anzac Parade, requiring students to cross half the road, but reducing traffic impacts.

The Moore Park stop will now feature a pedestrian bridge to replace the current signalised pedestrian crossing. Click to enlarge. (Source: CSELR Submissions Report, p. 6-40.)

The Moore Park stop will now feature a pedestrian bridge to replace the current signalised pedestrian crossing. Click to enlarge. (Source: CSELR Submissions Report, p. 6-40.)

The biggest point of contention appears to be with High Cross Park. Murray Matson, a Greens Councillor on Randwick City Council, opposes a stop on High Cross Park, saying that “while I supported the light rail project in general I could not see how the loss of any of the park area could be justified while High Street is an option”. Geoff Stevenson, a Labor Councillor, went as far as to suggest a completely new alignment through Randwick Racecourse terminating at Prince of Wales Hospital that would replace the current branch structure that splits out to both Randwick and Kingsford.

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Comments
  1. Lachlan says:

    The pedestrian bridge would be a big win for Sydney High. They’ve been fighting for it for over 15 years.

  2. Matthew says:

    The rest of the changes appear to make it even harder for the service to actually work. The UNSW stop could actually be dangerous given the extreme loads at that location.

    They will be hard pressed to turn back special event trams fast enough too. They seem to be assuming near instant ‘change ends’.

    The only good thing is less of this wirefree nonsense. Another feature to slow down and decrease reliability of the service.

    They seem to be combining the worst aspects of a tramway (street running) and a metro (small carriages and small centre platforms)

    The fact that the side the doors open changes several times along the trip means people can’t stand in the opposite doorway out of the way, as the side the doors open will alternate during the trip. That will increase dwell times.

    We are people getting so worked up about High Cross Park ? – it appears to be a small triangle of land surrounded by busy streets. As a park it’s amenity seems suspect.

    Like the NW Metro, they seem to be setting it up to fail.

  3. TandemTrainRider says:

    Don’t fancy being a cyclist making the left from Avoca onto High St where those tram rails are located – not much chance of avoiding a crash there!

  4. JC says:

    @Matthew: Pity they dodn’t get rid of the wirefree nonsence completely!

    But let’s hope they get on with it. We need to make sure the best (i.e. my opinions) don’t become the enemy of the good.

  5. Sam says:

    Connections between stops and pedestrian crossings do not look as direct as they could be at quite a few locations.

    High Cross Park I thought was going to act as an interchange for buses coming from Coogee and Maroubra and for passengers to change. The connections look poor. I can’t see how the buses can stop anywhere near the tram stop.

  6. peterhines604902902 says:

    Hi, The opal card will be active at Villawood station next Friday 28th March, also eftpos was installed on the TVM as this Monday plus the EFTPOS terminal at the ticket window now has A tap and go reader added to it.

    Seems to be all happening on the bankstown line

    Kind Regards Peter H

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

  7. resident says:

    it’s a sham, a waste of public money which could be better spent on public hospital/schools. Liberals have disappointed the community and will pay at the next election!

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