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Borderline: New South Wales study on trams from Gold Coast to Tweed Heads.
Gold Coast Bulletin February 24, 2017.
A MULTIMILLION-DOLLAR study is looking at extending the Gold Coast light rail network south into the Tweed.
The study will plot the best cross-border route from Coolangatta and is being funded by the NSW Government under a deal agreed to by that state’s Transport Minister Andrew Constance.
The Gold Coast City Council is finalising the proposed stage three tram route from Broadbeach to Coolangatta via Gold Coast Airport.
G-link trams at the Cypress Avenue station. Picture: Tim Marsden.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest said he would meet Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to discuss the link-up but interstate negotiations have been ongoing since last year when the council endorsed plans to take trams to the border.
Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate met a NSW Government delegation early last month to discuss the project with the cross-border commissioner.
The meeting focused on how to proceed with the Coast’s third stage and how it would integrate with any NSW extension.
Among the major challenges is how the Queensland-based GoCard System, used on buses and trams, would be used within NSW which has a different system.
Mr Provest said 20,000 new homes were set to be approved in the region and there was a dire need for public transport infrastructure.
MP Geoff Provest pictured in Tumbulgum. Picture: Mike Batterham.
“It’s crucial. Our front door is Queensland and our back door is NSW,” he said.
“It’s our growth corridor and public transport is the go.
“(The Minister) agreed to fund a planning study to identify a route ... probably down the coastal route along the side of the M1.
“In my view, I think (the route should be) initially down to Tweed City (Shopping Centre).”
Mr Provest said with NSW Government support the project should be more likely to attract Federal Government funding.
New Gold Coast City art work on the G:link tram at Southport. Photo: Steve Holland.
“The more people use it … the more economically viable,” he said.
Tweed Shire councillors would back a proposal to extend the light rail over the border and say there could be potential to take the line as far as Byron Bay.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk with Mayor Tom Tate on the Gold Coast. Picture: Richard Gosling
Deputy Mayor Chris Cherry and councillor Warren Pol­glase said there was strong political support for the light rail to stretch south of the border.
“We’re interested in light rail coming south into Tweed,” Cr Polglase said.
“That’s probably the natural progression … but it’s a long way out.”
New Gold Coast City art work on the G:link tram at Southport. Photo: Steve Holland.
Gold Coast Airport chief operating officer Marion Charlton said a southern route would boost tourism.
“In the 12 months to March 2016, more than 227,000 international passengers who flew into Gold Coast Airport visited northern New South Wales,” she said.
Byron Shire Mayor Simon Richardson urged the NSW Government to include Byron Bay in the study.
Mayor Barry Longland on a bike on old train tracks. Picture: File
“With strong visitation numbers from southeast Queensland into Byron, we could welcome the million visitors into Byron without their cars,” he said.
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* Stage was budgeted to cost $420 million for 7 kms. That included 4 new trams and 300 carparks at Napper Rd.
It was the cheapest way to go as it did not involve replacing expensive underground infrastructure..
It is also built on and across the Intra Regional Transport Corridor which will make building the second M1 a major problem for future Governments.
Don't how that budget is going, with the massive earthworks that have been taking place.
The tram to Tweed City is a possibility, but further south across the flood plains is just a pipe dream.
GC Airport figures of 622 people per day visiting NSW is no justification for light rail line.
How far into NSW do the 622 per day go?
Heavy rail from Brisbane to Tweed is a far better proposition as long term infrastructure.
* Build it stop talking, it's obvious the whole coast likes trams not buses.
* Not easy to see why.. the buses have never run to schedule.
* Security is the biggest risk in this situation. South east queensland has a small team of transport law enforcement officers but northern nsw has nothing to stop the bogan fare evaders, drunks and druggies that use public transport like its their right without any thoughts for other transport users, especially the elderly who I have witnessed being at risk and in danger. This is one area to look at otherwise it will become a free for all.
* Light Rail should run from Coolangatta to Tweed Heads Hospital and Tweed City shopping centre. There has been a lot of discussion about taking the Light Rail up to Point Danger like a San Francisco style attraction.Mayor Tate you will have a lot more opportunity to advance your Light Rail dream if you include NSW for Federal funding, no brainer.! Heavy rail from Varsity Lakes to Gold Coast Aiport and south down to Byron.
* Great idea but a tram to Byron would take ages...Rail makes more sense from Byron -Tweed - Cooly.
* Firstly. 20,000 homes in the "region" and a need for infrastructure. Absolutely, the only thing is the fastest growing area is the northern GC, not the South. So that is a bit of spin.
Secondly. There is already a rail cutting to take the tram from Coolangatta Rd in Kirra into Coolangatta. There you go saved the council some money on working out which route. What the South needs and Northern NSW is heavy rail.
Thirdly Love to see it go to Byron but you'd be smokin some of the local stuff if you thought that would be feasible with the cost and difficulty of the terrain.
Finally given the tram is sooooo sloooow between Broadbeach and Southport, it will take a tourist the best part of their holiday just to get to Surfers. I can't see it being any quicker than the 777.
Built the heavy rail to Cooly and the tram to supplement running from the rail stations, as stage 2 is doing from Hvale.
* I still ask the question regarding the 777 fancy double decker express bus that runs from the airport about every 15 minutes that hardly has any passengers. As this is the case Where is the justification for spending $3 billion of our money on a shiny tram? Oh that's right, it allows the powers to be to put high rises 800 metres either side of the route. So high rises from Tweed City to Helensvale. Is this the city you want?
* Nobody likes taking a bus, everyone will use the Tram.
* There is no basis whatsoever for saying there is no demand for public transport on that corridor as it is the busiest bus corridor in Queensland outside of Brisbane.
Total patronage on the GC Hwy corridor bus routes south of Broadbeach (in particular the 700, 765 and 777) is somewhere between 3-4 million trips per annum, which means it accounts for around a quarter to a third of the system total. The light rail displaced only a slightly larger number of bus trips when it opened in 2014, and it replaced them with about 50% more than were displaced.
TransLink have all the patronage figures and I suspect those are rather more reliable than anecdotal observations.
* 3-4 Million trips per year, what rubbish. At 4M, that's an AVERAGE of 11K trips per day for 365 days, which would require 157 FULL buses per day @ 70 passengers per bus. I'll rely on simple mathematics rather than Translink patronage figures
* The bus service is very good from the southern end. I use it regularly and see at least 4. 777's go past each day. No bus is ever full and the most people I have seen on 777 is 10.
* Check the timetables - there are 481 services on those 3 routes every day, and the total patronage is around 3.1m. That requires an average occupancy of 17 per trip across the entire day, and if you ever catch a bus you would see that figure is regularly exceeded.
* There were at least 25-30 on the 777 I caught yesterday. Patronage is also growing very strongly. Gold Coast doesn't work like other cities - you don't have huge patronage in traditional peak hours, you have consistent moderate patronage all day long. Buses do not have to be packed to the brim to be doing their job.

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Would extending rail across the border be a good federal infrastructure project?

Also it would be interesting to see trams using the old rail cutting at Coolangatta.

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Apparently the NSW Government hasn't previously agreed to cross border ticketing for buses. So it's currently "all out, all change" at Tweed?

Maybe it's time to move the border? Or do away with states all together :idea: ?
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Your last sentence,Boronia,would save a lot of money and make things work much better.

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Surfers paradise to Byron Bay is 93 km. Would that be the longest Light Rail run in the world? As most trams are designed for urban use, what changes would they need to speed them up?

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I think some of the American interurban lines in the past were longer.

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Byron seems a bit far, but down into Banora Point or even Chindera could have good potential.
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Byron Bay is far enough away to be served by heavy rail not light rail, would be a very long trip by light rail
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Gold Coast Bulletin --> Gold Coast light rail Stage 3B: Study backs Palm Beach to Gold Coast Airport tram route
THE State Government will end years of debate today by announcing the last stage of the light rail will run along the coast to the airport.
A two-year study by international consulting firm Jacobs Engineering has found the controversial coastal route from Burleigh through Palm Beach is the preferred option to complete the tram system’s north-south link.
The State Government-commissioned study supports several other major projects, including:

* An oceanway pedestrian path along the beachfront.
* An animal crossing overpass between the headland and Burleigh National Park.
* New pedestrian and light rail bridges over Tallebudgera Creek.

Transport Minister Mark Bailey said the study’s results showed a direct route down the Gold Coast Highway to the airport at Coolangatta was the best way forward.
Other routes considered in the study included a line west to connect with heavy rail at Varsity Lakes and south through Palm Beach’s suburban streets. The coastal line was selected because it would be cheaper to build than other routes and deliver the most economic uplift, the Government said.

“The conversation about the southern Gold Coast light rail extension from Burleigh to the Gold Coast Airport needs to start now,” Mr Bailey said.
“A two-year study has identified the Gold Coast Highway between Burleigh and the airport as the most logical route for that future stage of light rail.
“The study concludes that route will best support local transport needs as well as jobs and economic development on the Southern Gold Coast.

“Now it’s time for us to hear what the people of the Gold Coast have to say, so they can help us plan the next major projects that will support local jobs and better connect the Coast.”
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk will unveil the study’s results this morning but the Government is yet to commit to funding the link, which will also require significant contributions from the Federal Government and Gold Coast City Council.
A timeline is yet to be proposed, but work is expected to begin once the $709 million Stage 3A from Broadbeach to Burleigh Heads is completed.

Early works and surveying is already underway with major construction set to begin later this year. It is scheduled to be running in 2023.
Some resumptions are expected to occur as part of construction for Stage 3B, but the size and scope of this will not be known until a detailed business case is completed.
The study also suggests the completion of the $1 billion M1 upgrade between Varsity Lakes and Tugun, which includes new service roads, would reduce traffic on the Gold Coast Hwy.

Community consultation will begin later this month on the proposed route.
Ms Palaszczuk said the Gold Coast was a “global city” that could not afford to lose momentum as it grows.
“We are building better transport for residents and planning so that the Gold Coast’s transport network evolves to meet the demands of future,” she said.

“I want the southern Gold Coast to benefit from light rail just as the northern Gold Coast has.
“Connecting light rail to the airport is also really important for a 2032 Olympics bid.”

Currumbin Labor candidate Kaylee Campradt urged residents to take part in the community consultation.
“The voices of local people must be heard when it comes to future transport planning,” she said.
“On the southern Coast, we need to always make sure the Government listens to us about how we best improve our roads, rail and walkways so we can have more time with our families doing the things we love.”
The light rail’s southern extension has proved highly contentious, receiving strong opposition from area councillor Daphne McDonald and some Palm Beach residents who fear the potential for increased development in the area.

Burleigh MP Michael Hart has long advocated for the trams to turn west from Burleigh Heads and link up with heavy rail.
Mayor Tom Tate has staunchly backed the coastal route and previously warned it would run express through Palm Beach without stations if some residents continued to oppose it.
Cr Tate yesterday said: “This is great news confirming what we already knew and what the community has told us they want. Congratulations to the State Government for undertaking this work now so that detailed planning can get underway as soon as possible.

“I look forward to all tiers of government working together again, to get us all the way to the Gold Coast Airport.”
Gold Coast Light Rail Business Advisory Group chairman Stephen Harrison said he was excited by several of the Government’s proposals, including the Oceanway expansion.

The Oceanway runs along the foreshore between Main Beach and Bilinga, but several gaps remain where no concrete path has been built – including parts of Palm Beach and Currumbin.
“For the first time in the Gold Coast’s history we will have a transport network which works and this will comprehensively address the current transport requirements as well as cater for growth,” Mr Harrison said.
“This is a really exciting opportunity and the Oceanway will be tremendous to have it completed through the south.
“Will there be opposition to this? Yes, but this will mostly be from private land owners.”
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Premier and Minister for Trade
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk

Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey

http://statements.qld.gov.au/Statement/ ... gold-coast

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Next stage of Light Rail part of vision for the Southern Gold Coast

A transport vision for the Southern Gold Coast has been released today revealing new opportunities to plan future stages for light rail, heavy rail and further reduce road congestion.

Speaking at Gold Coast Airport this morning, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the comprehensive, two-year study identifies a range of potential transport options including the preferred extension route of the next stage of light rail from Burleigh to Tugun, travelling along the Gold Coast Highway to the Airport.

The study also suggests that, once completed, the M1 upgrade between Varsity Lakes and Tugun could reduce traffic on the Gold Coast Highway, presenting new opportunities for pedestrian and bike-friendly boulevards at Palm Beach, Currumbin and Burleigh.

The Premier said the findings set the focus for the next phase of her Government’s record infrastructure investment on the Gold Coast, which has included major M1 upgrades and the transformational Gold Coast Light Rail project.
“There is $2.3 billion worth of upgrades happening on the M1 right now supporting 2000 local tradie jobs. We’re moving ahead with the second M1 and we’ve connected light rail to heavy rail at Helensvale,” the Premier said.
“We’ve done so much but there is more work to come.
“We’re building better transport for residents now and planning so that the Gold Coast’s transport network evolves to meet the demands of future.
“I want the Southern Gold Coast to benefit from light rail just as the Northern Gold Coast has.

“Connecting light rail to the airport is also really important for a 2032 Olympics bid.”
Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said the highway route for the next stage of Gold Coast Light Rail would simplify planning for future heavy rail extensions on the Gold Coast between Varsity Lakes and the airport.

“The current preserved width of the heavy rail corridor next to the M1 means we can’t accommodate future extensions of both light rail and heavy rail along that route,” Mr Bailey said.
“Directing light rail along the highway protects the M1 rail corridor for its principal use as a future heavy rail connection to the airport.

“The Gold Coast Highway route would travel close to where people already live, work and go to the beach and service popular destinations including the Burleigh Heads village, Palm Beach village, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Southern Cross University, Tugun, Bilinga and importantly the Gold Coast Airport.

“The ideas and opportunities this study has identified will be subject to thorough community consultation which starts this month.”
Queensland Airports Limited CEO Chris Mills welcomed news of the likely light rail alignment along the Gold Coast Highway, which would benefit visitors to the city traveling through Gold Coast Airport and residents.

“We have long advocated for the light rail to the airport and our preference has been for it to follow the Gold Coast Highway. We are pleased to hear that is the direction that has been recommended by this study,” he said.
“About 6.5 million people come through Gold Coast Airport each year and the vast percentage are leisure travellers, so we need an efficient and easy public transport linkage that accommodates visitors to the city and local residents well into the future.”

The Premier said since coming to Government, she’s made it her mission to invest in the Gold Coast’s public transport and roads network. To generate jobs, strengthen the local economy and make the region even more liveable.
“When I was elected, my government inherited a situation on the Gold Coast where the LNP had failed to invest a single new dollar in upgrading the M1,” the Premier said.
“Fast-forward five years and we’ve successfully worked with the Federal Government to lock in $2.3 billion in joint funding for the M1 and shovels are in the ground.

“These upgrades will transform the region when they’re done.
“Two of them will finish in the next few months, so we’re making good progress on what we said we would deliver.”

The Gold Coast Highway (Burleigh Heads to Tugun) Multi-modal Corridor Study identified the following opportunities:
Improved Palm Beach Avenue precinct Transform the intersection of Palm Beach Avenue, Gold Coast Hwy and Cypress Ave into a pedestrian-friendly precinct with street dining, shopping and urban renewal.

Improved connectivity to the M1 Potential new service road through a widened M1 overpass at 19th Avenue, as part of the M1 (Varsity Lakes to Tugun) upgrade, improving access to Palm Beach
Bike riding/pedestrian New bridges for bikes and pedestrians across Tallebudgera and Currumbin creeks

Oceanway A beachfront Oceanway cycling and walking path along the full length of Palm Beach
Toolona Street Improve the Gold Coast Highway and Toolona Street intersection by providing alternate access points and reducing traffic movements
Burleigh Heads National Park Improve bike riding, pedestrian, light rail and vehicle access to the southern entrance of Burleigh Heads National Park
Connectivity to Burleigh Ridge Park A land bridge connecting Burleigh Heads National Park and Burleigh Ridge Park to help protect wildlife and improve bike riding and bushwalking connections

For more details, visit http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/goldcoasthwymultimodalstudy


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Gold Coast Bulletin --> Gold Coast light rail Stage 3B: Gold Coasters urged to have their say
SOUTHERN Gold Coasters are being urged to have their say after the fourth and final light rail extension from Burleigh to Tugun was announced this morning.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has met with transport minister Mark Bailey, at the Gold Coast Airport today to discuss the proposed fourth light rail extension 3B.

The Bulletin revealed in today’s paper the state government ended years of debate by announcing the last stage of the light rail will run along the coast to the airport.

The decision was made after a two-year study by international consulting firm Jacobs Engineering, which found the controversial coastal route from Burleigh through Palm Beach was the preferred option to complete the tram system’s north-south link.

“Today is a really great day for the Gold Coast. Today we see the release of the designs for community consultations for the final stage of the Gold Coast light rail linking Burleigh to Tugun,” Palaszczuk said.

“I really want the community to have their say. There’s a lot of opportunities here for the continuation of the light rail here to the Gold Coast Airport. It’s absolutely important for this southern end.

“The southern end of the Gold Coast is booming. There is so much happening down here. And we are seeing more and more people loving the Gold Coast light rail.

“Transport is crucial for connectivity. We’re not only taking about creating extra jobs but how important it is for families, businesses, (the) community, and tourists visiting the Gold Coast.”

Asked Premier Palaszczuk if she would be taking into consideration the feelings of those living in Palm Beach, who are fearsome the light rail will “destroy” the suburb.

She said “absolutely”.

“I was the transport minister when we did stage 1. There was a lot of concern initially about that and now people embrace it,” Palaszczuk said.

“We saw how tourists embraced it, the community embraced it. It was utilised extensively for the Commonwealth Games.

“I think we need to levitate those concerns by actually talking to people.

“I think it’s really important the Palm Beach residents have their say.

“There’s options there for promenades, cafe increasings, and I think that’s what the Palm Beach residents will really enjoy.

“We need to make sure we get the community consultation right.

“Please, if you’re living on the southern end here, have your say.”

Transport minister Mark Bailey said the two year study was “a deep dive and very thorough”.

“The Palaszczuk government has invested heavily in infrastructure on the Gold Coast,” he said.

“Light rail stage 2 is done, stage 3 is about to start, two M1 upgrades and a lot of road upgrades for the Commonwealth Games as well.

“What it identifies is the logical place for the light rail to continue past Burleigh and go directly to the airport along the Gold Coast Highway.

“That has the most benefits for Gold Coast residents.

“It also provides tremendous other opportunities as well to develop boulevarding and little local villages along the route, active transport with new cycle pathways.

“This is a very logical and thorough piece of work.”

Among the biggest supporters of the southern light rail is Queensland Airports boss Chris Mills who welcomed the news, saying it would have many benefits.

“We have long advocated for the light rail to the airport and our preference has been for it to follow the Gold Coast Highway, so we are pleased to hear that is the direction that has been recommended by this study,” he said.

“About 6.5 million people come through Gold Coast Airport each year and the vast percentage are leisure travellers, so we need an efficient and easy public transport linkage that accommodates visitors to the city and local residents well into the future.”

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MyGC---->Light rail line between Tweed and Coolangatta a step closer

Light rail line between Tweed and Coolangatta a step closer
February 19, 2019 2:34 pm in Gold Coast, Tweed by Matt McDonald
A cross-border light rail line could soon become a reality with ambitious plans to eventually connect it up to the G:Link.

The New South Wales Government has today pledged to spend $1 million on the strategic planning of a route from the Tweed to Gold Coast Airport if it wins the March state election.

A recent feasibility study identified two potential routes, one from the Airport to Tweed North, and the second from the Airport to Tweed South.

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New South Wales Transport Minister Andrew Constance was on the Tweed for the announcement, saying it will improve transport links between the Tweed and Coolangatta.

“There are some 30,000 trips made every day between Tweed and Coolangatta and most of these are made by car,” Mr Constance said.
“We know light rail would be game-changing for the area and it should not miss out on it because there is a state border between the towns.”
Mr Constance said the line could potentially integrate into the Gold Coast’s light rail network.
“Both routes would link the two centres and potentially further north with Gold Coast City Council planning to extend its light rail line to Burleigh and Coolangatta Airport in the future.”

Tweed MP Geoff Provest says the light-rail line would be a huge boost to the community on both sides of the border.
“This project will deliver huge benefits for the Tweed and I look forward to seeing improved cross-border connections,” Mr Provest said.

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^^Maybe someone can hold Andrew Constance to his words last year and to get cracking on LRT from Tweed City to OOL. [emoji106]

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The Gold Coast is a step closer to having a light rail link connecting Surfers Paradise to Coolangatta Airport. https://t.co/OyAjjYbB1y @DeonSav #7NEWS https://t.co/0qlCuX3AkF

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verbatim9 wrote:^^Maybe someone can hold Andrew Constance to his words last year and to get cracking on LRT from Tweed City to OOL. [emoji106]
What does have to do with him? He is not the minster for regional transport.

Just noticed the date February 19, 2019 2:34 pm in Gold Coast, Tweed by Matt McDonald so over 12 months old.
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Fleet Lists wrote:
verbatim9 wrote:^^Maybe someone can hold Andrew Constance to his words last year and to get cracking on LRT from Tweed City to OOL. [emoji106]
What does have to do with him? He is not the minster for regional transport.

Just noticed the date February 19, 2019 2:34 pm in Gold Coast, Tweed by Matt McDonald so over 12 months old.
^°That's right, they have a plan to run light rail to the Gold Coast Airport from the South Tweed. Even though the article is 1 year old is still valid and current. Andrew Constance is the minister of Transport in NSW.
There has been nothing to the contrary since this announcement.

Now that Qld Minister has announced the preferred route to OOL; The NSW Transport minister should live up to his pledge from last year.

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Andrew Constance is now the minister of Transport and Roads covering Sydney Metropolitan Area, Newcastle, Central Coast and Wollongong and nothing else while Paul Toole is minister for Regional Roads and Transport since 2 April 2019 so he would now be responsible for that.
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At Fleet Lists, if it's got nothing to do with Andrew CONstance, then WHY DID HE GO THERE TO PULL A POLITICAL STUNT?
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Because at the time he was - it all changed in April 2019 as I said.
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howlerbus wrote:Byron Bay is far enough away to be served by heavy rail not light rail, would be a very long trip by light rail
There may be not enough demand for heavy rail. If the current tram can do 100km/h in speed that should be fine. Not sure tho
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howlerbus wrote:Byron Bay is far enough away to be served by heavy rail not light rail, would be a very long trip by light rail
There may be not enough demand for heavy rail. If the current tram can do 100km/h in speed that should be fine. Not sure tho
I doubt those trams would be stable on the tracks above 80. And the seating is not really suitable for long distances. A lightweight rail-car on bogies would be a better choice. It would need proper platforms for DDA compliance.
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