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by Transtopic
Tue Sep 15, 2020 12:37 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5401
Views: 831975

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

Must be due to Parramatta City Council taking over the Eastern side of Epping from Hornsby Shire Council. Tut tut!! This probably isn't the place to continue this discussion, but to put the record straight, the State Government was responsible for the new planning controls in Epping which was desig...
by Transtopic
Tue Sep 15, 2020 8:51 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5401
Views: 831975

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

I just don't get this pathological hatred of tall buildings. If they're in an appropriate location, such as shopping centres around major transport nodes, then I can see nothing wrong with them. It's not as though they're building them on every residential street corner. As a resident of Epping you...
by Transtopic
Mon Sep 14, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: WS Airport Metro
Replies: 98
Views: 6582

Re: WS Airport Metro

Exactly Tony. Disappointing to see this described above as absurd - I'd call it highly desirable! Perhaps I didn't express myself clearly enough. The point I was trying to make is the absurdity of the SWRL extension terminating at the Aerotropolis short of the Airport, requiring interchange to go o...
by Transtopic
Mon Sep 14, 2020 9:11 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: CBD & South East Light Rail
Replies: 5401
Views: 831975

Re: CBD & South East Light Rail

The hatred for tall buildings is understandable. They overshadow existing structures, and they bring a lot of additional residents to an area that strains infrastructure. Dense development needs to be accompanied by investment in not just public transport, but other community infrastructure like pa...
by Transtopic
Sun Sep 13, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: WS Airport Metro
Replies: 98
Views: 6582

Re: WS Airport Metro

Probably underground, like KSA That's correct. The Airport station box will have provision for 4 platforms, as will the Aerotropolis station. The Airport station will accommodate the metro line from the Aerotropolis, and its future extension from Macarthur, to St Marys and its future extension to S...
by Transtopic
Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 363
Views: 59279

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

so there goes the fine looks of that sandstone building niether building compliments each other. why could they not use the empty underground station of the ESR at central???? I think that has been sacrificed for the new entrance on the east side of Chalmers St. There might be problems getting the ...
by Transtopic
Mon Sep 07, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 363
Views: 59279

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

Exactly. The only real problem is in the pm peak from Central. Seats would be distributed between Suburban and Intercity passengers until the Suburban passengers alight after 20 mins or so. When you refer to available space after Epping, I assume you mean on the inbound trips in the morning peak. N...
by Transtopic
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:55 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 363
Views: 59279

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

For citybound trains, another issue to consider is timetabling rather than seating. Most weekday off-peak citybound CCN trains depart Epping 3 min after the suburban train and overtakes it between Epping and West Ryde. Adding Eastwood as a stop for the CCN train would delay the suburban train by an...
by Transtopic
Mon Sep 07, 2020 8:40 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 363
Views: 59279

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

Unless people are boarding at Central Coast stations and alighting at Eastwood, then there is no justification for those trains to be stopping there. Another stop that could be debated is Blacktown for Blue Mountains services, as whilst it is a major centre and an interchange, it doesn't appear to ...
by Transtopic
Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:20 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New Intercity Fleet Purchases/Observation
Replies: 779
Views: 202862

Re: New Intercity Fleet Purchases/Observation

When I say to be used on the suburban system, the interurbans share key stops with the suburban operation and having matching door spacings and other dimensions with suburban trains is critical to this. It's funny the subtle ways that TfNSW and the government is now trying to paint the Vs as grungy...
by Transtopic
Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:10 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: NSW Railway Observations 2020
Replies: 363
Views: 59279

Re: NSW Railway Observations 2020

There's a campaign underway by Eastwood Chamber of Commerce and Ryde Council for the previous CCN Intercity stop at Eastwood to be reinstated. Eastwood lost these services (4tph) when they were replaced by the peak hour semi-express T9 services from Hornsby to Sydney Terminal. It now has 8tph in the...
by Transtopic
Sat Sep 05, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New Intercity Fleet Purchases/Observation
Replies: 779
Views: 202862

Re: New Intercity Fleet Purchases/Observation

It's very much a compromise design, which has its obvious benefits for the operator, but not for the passenger. I suspect TfNSW is already aware of the compromise in seating capacity as they have dropped the idea of operating 8 car sets and all will be 10 car, as I understand. Much of the public co...
by Transtopic
Fri Sep 04, 2020 2:16 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New Intercity Fleet Purchases/Observation
Replies: 779
Views: 202862

Re: New Intercity Fleet Purchases/Observation

I feel like you could slip a ‘yet’ in there somewhere... Too true! It's typical of TfNSW in drip feeding us limited information, without explaining how things fit into the bigger picture. They could have expanded on their comments to explain how the higher speed potential will be utilised when ATO ...
by Transtopic
Fri Sep 04, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: $1.7 billion order for new Waratah trains signed
Replies: 467
Views: 118016

Re: $1.7 billion order for new Waratah trains signed

For Central Coast, I don't think there are purely suburban rosters for H sets. They may make an inter-peak suburban run to/from daytime stabling but it's difficult to reallocate them to take over V set rosters. In a previous timetable, they operated North Sydney to Penrith/Emu between peaks.You cou...
by Transtopic
Wed Sep 02, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Other rail possibilties
Replies: 85
Views: 3249

Re: Other rail possibilties

The planning for a lot of Labor's ideas started in the 1980s and 1990s. They merely picked them up from Dept if Planning and ran with them or modified them. The SE will have some three times the population of Manly Warringah because there is much more developable land, so it gets first priority for...
by Transtopic
Wed Sep 02, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Other rail possibilties
Replies: 85
Views: 3249

Re: Other rail possibilties

Did politicians in 1988 think of Sydney 2020? You were lucky they thought of Sydney 1991 back then. Why this ambitious long term thinking now? In terms of transport, the subsequent Labor government focussed on roads, the present government has taken more holistic action. That's a bit harsh Tony. La...
by Transtopic
Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New Intercity Fleet Purchases/Observation
Replies: 779
Views: 202862

Re: New Intercity Fleet Purchases/Observation

I keep reading complaints in the media like "the government ordered new trains from Korea that are too wide for the (BMT) tracks. Should have had them built in Newcastle", etc. No one has twigged yet that nearly every train built in Newcastle in the last 40 years has been too wide to use the BMT tr...
by Transtopic
Wed Sep 02, 2020 9:41 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Other rail possibilties
Replies: 85
Views: 3249

Re: Other rail possibilties

One of the major omissions in the rail network planning, conspicuous by its absence, is providing for a future rail link to the Northern Beaches, whereas the South-East will be well catered for. The Northern Beaches represents a significant chunk of the Sydney Region and together with the high densi...
by Transtopic
Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:17 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Other rail possibilties
Replies: 85
Views: 3249

Re: Other rail possibilties

I think a lot of people forget that there are 2 to 2.5 million people west, NW and SW of Parramatta. That's like a city the size of Perth or Brisbane. That's simply not viable as merely a passive dormitory serving a city way over to the east. The population and geographical centre of Sydney is near...
by Transtopic
Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Other rail possibilties
Replies: 85
Views: 3249

Re: Other rail possibilties

Using the same Land Use Planner and selecting all of the Metropolitan and Strategic Centres (excluding those in the inner city) that are located on the future rail network and employment is projected to reach 796699 in 2056. There is no reason why those jobs can't have a majority PT mode share, par...
by Transtopic
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:34 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: New Intercity Fleet Purchases/Observation
Replies: 779
Views: 202862

Re: New Intercity Fleet Purchases/Observation

One of these new trains was on text in Mt Druitt last night thought it was a freight at first as they are extremely noisy at Speed I could hear it with my noise cancelling headphones on Could be they were testing its maximum speed of 160km/h. Usually they test its maximum service speed up to 10% ab...
by Transtopic
Tue Sep 01, 2020 10:10 am
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown
Replies: 4399
Views: 747395

Re: Sydney Metro - Tallawong to Bankstown

Has anyone noticed that the possible/future Pyrmont station seems to have been eliminated/disappeared from the Metro West route? Here's the link to the Sydney Metro map, if anyone wants more info: https://www.sydneymetro.info/map/sydney-metro-interactive-train-map It's probably because its final lo...
by Transtopic
Mon Aug 31, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Other rail possibilties
Replies: 85
Views: 3249

Re: Other rail possibilties

With the decentralisation strategy, there are many centres - like Burwood - that will need all trains to stop at them in future. So I see that, in the future, many of those semi-express suburban services will have increasing numbers of stops in them. If better performance comes with ATO, then that ...
by Transtopic
Mon Aug 31, 2020 4:11 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Other rail possibilties
Replies: 85
Views: 3249

Re: Other rail possibilties

Something like 20% of jobs are in Sydney CBD. Many more are in other centres, and the remainder are dispersed. That second category (in centres that aren’t the CBD) is the big growth opportunity for PT patronage growth, and is the kind of patronage that a connected, simple, single stopping pattern ...
by Transtopic
Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:30 pm
Forum: Discussion - Sydney / NSW
Topic: Other rail possibilties
Replies: 85
Views: 3249

Re: Other rail possibilties

All of those overseas systems, with the possible exception of Zurich, are based on one city centre. In Sydney there are two, soon to be three: https://future.transport.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/styles/content_desktop_1x/public/media/images/2018/Figure%2039%20city%20shaping%202056.jpg?itok=l-EY...

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