I beg to differ, which I'm sure won't surprise you, in spite of my previous post actually agreeing with you . My comments with regard to Rodd Staples were specifically referring to his influence on the outcome of the original North West Rail Link proposal as an extension of the existing CityRail/Sydney Trains, when it morphed into the current metro line now operating. The earlier metro proposals, including Christie's in 2001, were based on the premise that new metro lines would be completely segregated from the existing network, without any conversions, which IMO was the sensible course of action.tonyp wrote:As I've said before, Staples isn't the instigator of the metro, he's the engineer-bureaucrat implementing it. Proposals for a metro/rapid transit system date back to the Sydney Region Outline Plan of 1968 and have been revived from time to time over the years since, the firmest statement being in the Ron Christie report of 2001 which was buried by the Labor government but then later the metro aspects of it were revived by them a few years later (as I recall, this was the point at which Staples became involved as an engineer). The foundations for the present government's projects were very much laid by Garry Glazebrook's 30 year plan of 2009. All of the proposals since 1968 have involved creating a system that is separate from the suburban rail system.Transtopic wrote:Let's not forget that he was the instigator of the failed North West Metro and CBD to Rozelle Metro under the previous Labor government. I was appalled when he was promoted to Secretary of Transport for NSW, when there were others within the Transport bureaucracy who were better qualified than him. It's like putting Dracular in charge of the blood bank. How can we expect any objective analyse of transport options under his stewardship?
As far as I can tell, there was never any proposal for the North West Rail Link to be built as a metro until it was proposed by the Iemma Labor government as a stand alone metro line, running on a different alignment from Epping to the CBD along the Victoria Rd corridor via Eastwood, Top Ryde, Gladesville and the Inner West, which still to this day doesn't have a rail service. In hindsight, although I've still got reservations about a metro style service being provided to the lower density outer suburban region such as the North West, the North West Metro proposal would have been preferable to what we now have. It would have provided a new rail service, not only to the North West, but also along the Victoria Rd corridor to the CBD, completely separate from the existing network. It would have avoided the duplication, disruption and compromises to existing services in converting the Epping to Chatswood Rail Link and most likely provide a faster route to the CBD without the circuitous route via Macquarie Park and the North Shore.
Commuters from the North West could have interchanged at Epping, which had separate metro platforms, to the then existing ECRL to gain access to Macquarie Park and North Shore destinations. Judging by the previous patronage on the bus services from the North West, they would be in the minority, with the overwhelming bulk of commuters travelling to the CBD. In saying that, I acknowledge that the new line, whether it is part of the existing network or metro, would pick up additional patronage from those from the North West who previously drove to Macquarie Park destinations. Most would still be destined for the CBD. In time, Opal will tell us the real outcome.
Getting back to my original comments re Staples, he was more than just an engineer/bureaucrat as you put it. Here is his resume:-
Secretary, Transport for NSW -
December 2017 - Present
Program Director, Transport for NSW -
June 2015 - Present
Project Director, North West Rail Link -
April 2011 - June 2015
Deputy Director General, Transport Infrastructure, Transport NSW -
June 2010 - March 2011
Chief Executive, Sydney Metro -
January 2009 - June 2010
Director, Centre for Transport Planning, NSW Ministry of Transport -
November 2007 - January 2009
General Manager, Network Development, Railcorp -
October 2005 - November 2007
You can't ignore the fact that he has been a major influence on the direction of the planning for expansion of the Sydney rail network over the last decade, culminating in the current strategy of the "one size fits all" metro strategy, which I don't agree with.