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THE NAKED CITY – FUTURE SHOCK!

You have to hand it to the visionaries in the City Of Sydney Council and various architectural firms around town. They seem determined to transform vast areas of the city into huge paved plazas, despite the pain and suffering often associated with this kind of urban renewal and beautification. We have all seen the turmoil […]

Eastern Suburbs bus routes removed from Sunday to increase use of “slow” and “unreliable” Light Rail

By EVA BAXTER From this Sunday December 5th the contested South East Sydney integrated transport network will be introduced. 22 Eastern Suburbs bus routes will be modified, with a further 24 ceasing to run. These include the 300, 301, 302, 309X, 314, 316, 317, 338, 353, 357, 376, 377, 391, 393, 394, 395, 400, 400N, […]

THE NAKED CITY – JET POWER TO THE RESCUE!

Back in August of 2020 Gladys Berejiklian told a Sydney media conference that “Australia and New South Wales are not good at building trains, that's why we have to purchase them." She conveniently overlooked that Victoria has been building its very successful suburban fleet for many years. In fact the Victorian Government has invested in […]

Light Rail collision brings Surry Hills to stand still

By ALLISON HORE A driver had a lucky escape following a head on-collision with a tram in Surry Hills yesterday. The collision occurred outside the Shakespeare Hotel on Devonshire Street just before 4:30pm yesterday afternoon. Witnesses on the scene say the car was travelling down the light rail tracks in the opposite direction at a […]

Sydney transport: trams halted, buses ‘hacked’

By ALEC SMART In a series of incidents that impacted Sydney’s central public transport network, the light rail service was halted following a ‘fire alarm’ incident, and the state-run bus network experienced a computer outage blamed on ‘hackers’. A mysterious fire alarm at the Randwick depot caused the suspension of Sydney’s new light rail service […]

A light rail ramble

Opinion by JACKSON SIMON There has been withering criticism of Sydney’s new light rail line from Randwick to Circular Quay. Many claim that it’s too slow and unreliable, so Jackson Simon travelled on the service to find out more. Trams -v- busses The journey from Randwick to Circular Quay typically takes around 38 minutes by […]

THE NAKED CITY – WELCOME TO THE APOCALYPSE!

Full of homegrown tourists and international travellers the Indian Pacific makes its way into Sydney past the dilapidated, graffiti scrawled landscape of the old Redfern railway yards. As the train slows and snakes its way into Central Station the choking bushfire smoke has all but obscured the view from the carriage windows. “Where are we?” […]

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 heavy fail of the light rail

By John Moyle Last Sunday, at around 14.30, a crowded Inner West light rail tram heading to Central broke down at Convention, stranding its passengers in the sweltering heat. “We were travelling along, it was really crowded, and then it suddenly stopped,” John Webber, passenger, said. “The delays were caused by a light rail vehicle […]