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Traders railroaded by trams

BY ALEC SMART After months of delays and a $1.3 billion cost overrun, Sydney’s L2 tram line extension, the CBD and South East Light Rail from Circular Quay to Randwick via Surry Hills and Moore Park, will open to the public at 11am on Saturday December 14. It will be the first time since 1961 […]

Light rail traders railroaded

by JOHN MOYLE Just as Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) had finished crowing about settling a $1.1billion light rail legal claim for the bargain amount of $576million they are preparing to defend a new $400 million claim. The class action set down for a hearing on July 1 next year is being brought by […]

THE NAKED CITY – THE MUSEUM OF OLD AND NEW TRAINS

During the recent Federal Election, noises were made by both the major parties as to plans for a high-speed rail system along the Eastern Coast. Labor seemed to be more committed to the idea, promising to buy up the real estate needed before it became too expensive. It’s a project of course that has been […]

Rally cry for public transport

BY JOSHUA KINDL Disgruntled NSW residents and commuters gathered in the Sydney CBD last Saturday to protest recent transport decisions made by Gladys Berejiklian’s state government. Approximately 1000 individuals marched together through the Sydney CBD, commencing at Hyde Park and finishing at Martin Place, as a demonstration of concern and frustration with the NSW State […]

Transport Forum in Alexandria calls for urgent solutions to burdened system

By KENJI SATO Local Alexandria residents have raised concerns that the state government is not doing enough to address the increasing burden on Sydney’s transport networks. The queries were raised at a Transport and Traffic Forum held by the Alexandria Residents Action Group last Thursday, October 15. Ben Aveling, the group’s co-convenor, said that the increased […]

Federal budget: Abbott’s “infrastructure fail”

By Emily Contador-Kelsall   Public transport was largely left out of the recently announced federal budget, casting doubt over Sydney’s future transport solutions. Current transport projects in Sydney including WestConnex and the CBD and South East Light Rail have been criticised for being inappropriate transport solutions for the city. The City of Sydney commissioned and […]

Universities’ privacy concerns over Student Opal Cards

By Raveena Grover Student Concession Opal Cards will be made available to tertiary students in February, but concerns over privacy and access to student data may effect the release date. More than 250, 000 students will be eligible for the concession Opal card next month, however many New South Wales universities are still hesitant to […]

Students and seniors unhappy with Opal

Students and pensioners have hit out against the NSW Government for the lack of a concession option for the new Opal cards. Over 700,000 Opal cards have been issued with approximately 3 million journeys taken each week on Opal cards. Following the September 1 retirement of 14 paper ticket types, Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian […]

Road closures yield a quieter Kings Cross

By Myles Stedman Kings Cross is again the centre of attention as the government trials the closure of Bayswater Road to private transport on Saturday nights. The trial began last weekend and will continue on March 29 and April 5. Between the hours of 9pm on Saturday and 6am on Sunday, the busy thoroughfare will […]

This tram’s been a long time coming

Sydneysider: A personal journey They’ll be opening the Dulwich Hill light rail extension any month now. It was supposed to be opened on February 1, but the long-awaited day came and went because the whole job is being done in John Holland’s own sweet time – like some builder’s personal vanity project; the showcase home […]