This week in transport (15 June 2014)

Posted: June 15, 2014 in Transport
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Monday: Opal expands to Forest Coach Lines routes in Northern Sydney

Around 100 buses operated by Forest Coach Lines in Northern Sydney have been Opal enabled. Opal is now available on 47 bus routes around Sydney, with 300,000 Opal cards currently in circulation.

Tuesday: Second Harbour Crossing and WestConnex extensions announced

An under the Harbour rail crossing and Northern plus Southern extension to WestConnex would be the major infrastructure projects funded by selling a 49% stake in the NSW electricity distribution network, often referred to as the “poles and wires”. The new rail crossing would form the spine of a future Sydney Rapid Transit network, featuring single deck trains running from Rouse Hill in Sydney’s North West to Bankstown in Sydney’s South West via the Sydney CBD. Funding would also be included for improvements to the T1 Western Line; including improved signalling, track amplifications, and additional stabling.

Proposed Sydney Rapid Transit network. Click to enlarge. (Source: Transport for NSW, Sydney Rapid Transit, p. 1)

Proposed Sydney Rapid Transit network. Click to enlarge. (Source: Transport for NSW, Sydney Rapid Transit, p. 1)

Friday: Almost 500 pedestrians fined for jaywalking

495 fines were handed out by police in Sydney and Parramatta for jaywalking during as 12 hour period. The blitz was an attempt to reduce risky pedestrian behaviour. 29 pedestrians have been killed so far this year.

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Comments
  1. Alex says:

    Thanks Bambul for another update.

    I like the way that the Sydney Rapid Transit map includes the ECRL as being “under construction” as part of the NWRL. What the map should really say about the ECRL section is “constructed fairly recently at enormous expense as a public infrastructure asset and now working OK as a heavy rail link but about to be shut for six months or so to be converted to single deck operation prior to being handed over to a private operator” – or something like that.

    Incidentally does anyone know what “The package of works also includes […] building additional
    track to enable express trains to pass all-stops services…” from the Sydney Rapid Transit “Fact Sheet 3” really means? Assuming we’re talking about the main west line, I would have thought the only place this would be applicable is the section between St Marys and Penrith, or am I missing something?

  2. @Alex –

    I would say quadruplication of track between St Marys and Penrith would be the most likely. It could mirror large parts of the Western Express plans that the former Labor Government had while John Robertson was Transport Minister.

    Alternatively, ‘T1’ and ‘Western Sydney’ could be interpreted as meaning that the lower Northern Line is also included, in which case it could also be a full quad between Strathfield and Epping.

    I wrote more on this at ATDB (it’s a bit more technical than what I usually post here, and I’m not sure if it will ever make it onto the blog). It’s mostly me speculating and thinking out loud. Link below.

    http://www.busaustralia.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=68072&start=625#p920254

  3. michblogs says:

    4000 new car parks . Really. Who wrote this. Kerry Ann Kennerly ?

  4. Tandem Train Rider says:

    > Incidentally does anyone know what “The package of works also includes […] building additional
    > track to enable express trains to pass all-stops services…” from the Sydney Rapid Transit “Fact
    > Sheet 3″ really means?

    Not a clue.

    @Bambul, the 20tph on the Inner Western line (and Airport Line) is a corrollory of the Illawarra locals going to Rapid Transit. It is left as the only track pair feeding the western arm of the City Circle. They put it as “Inner West to get more services” rather than “Liverpool Trains to stop all stations” :-).

    That said, I rather the concept of fully utilising these track pairs. The issue is the 19th century station placement east of Strathfield is unsuitable for trains ex Leppington.

    My inference from the size of the new interurban order is the Western Line (west of St Marys/Blacktown) and/or the Richmond line will be shifted to Tier 3 and terminate at Central to interchange for the new metro and/or light rail.

    More pure speculation here, but if they are going to split the main west into 3 sectors, that presents a bit of a problem west of Strathfield. So perhaps they are thinking they need to sextup from Strathfield to Granville. If so, this might explain the cutting of the RT at Bankstown so they would only need to sextup from Homebush to Lidcombe (a fair chunk of which partially exists already).

  5. Alex says:

    @TTR, as you say we can only speculate at this stage but there is a certain logic in what you suggest (even if I don’t agree with it).

    I suppose the rationale is for a combination of quadruplication between St Marys and Penrith and the introduction of shiny new double-deck intercity trains for services west of Blacktown to be provided in exchange for all these services terminating at Central and passengers being shifted onto the light rail or in particular the metro, thus boosting the patronage of the latter.

    It is all speculation, especially given the way the plans for the metro/RT keep changing and the fact that the whole lot hangs off getting the electricity assets sale through parliament (and the next election). In any case it will be left to the politicians and bureaucrats of the 2020s to sort this lot out.

  6. QPP says:

    I loathe jaywalking laws….any jurisdiction that enforces them has got its priorities all wrong IMO. Of all the countries I’ve lived/worked in or visited, those that were keenest on enforcing such laws were Eastern European ones in communist days. Says it all ;-)

  7. Simon says:

    > Incidentally does anyone know what “The package of works also includes […] building additional
    track to enable express trains to pass all-stops services…” from the Sydney Rapid Transit “Fact Sheet 3″ really means?

    I took it as a politician rambling about stuff which might possibly happen at some point in the future, and dismissed it.

  8. XP says:

    Babul: in relation to your question about whether Sydney terminal can handle 20tph, the answer is yes it can handle much more than that… the bottleneck is Redfern… see this PhD thesis:

    https://www.be.unsw.edu.au/sites/default/files/upload/…/5A4_15.pdf

    The other consideration is that what role the 200m length platforms will play in boosting Western line capacity … it is possible they will use 10 carriage trains to carry 25% more passengers.

  9. Tandem Train Rider says:

    >I took it as a politician rambling about stuff which might possibly happen at some point in the
    > future, and dismissed it.

    Come on, it’s clearly drafted by the Pollie’s PR consultant/media manager. Everything in it bar the (alleged) amplification were previously announced in Sydney’s Rail Future, hence Alex’s question.

    I’m actually a bit more pesimistic about the final outcome pof this project that you Simon. The big difference between the previous government and this one is the last lot would make their big highly flawed announcement, do the detailed analysis work subsequently then back out as all the problems.

    The current lot have learned from that mistake, and they are pushing on with a “no surrender” approach. Once they’ve made a decision they are going to stick with it, however stupid. The latest announcement is the subset to Sydney’s Rail Future that reasonably possible (however pointless) to deliver.

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