How Sydney Harbour Bridge And Heavy Rail Tunnel Will Work Together

How Sydney Harbour Bridge And Heavy Rail Tunnel Will Work Together

Sets Of Points Key To Bridge And Tunnel Integrating Effectively For Commuters

Victor P Taffa

Sydney Harbour Bridge has had 2 railway tracks traverse the western side of the deck since it opened on 19 March 1932.

2 railway tracks were built on the eastern side of the deck for a Northern Beaches Railway Line that did not proceed. These tracks were used by Trams from 1932-58. By February 1961 the second largest Tramway Network outside of London in the British Empire had been ripped up.

Currently trains that traverse the Sydney Harbour Bridge are

  • Northern Line,
  • Richmond Line,
  • Western Line.

When the Sydney Harbour Rail Tunnel opens along with a North West Line that is under construction this may change.

However with a second city circle Bradfield Line this will also expand rail capacity. This is why a single Heavy Rail Network needs to be maintained.

Capital City-Capital City High Speed Rail (HSR Aka Japan’s Bullet Train) at speeds of 500 km/h can also use the tunnel for services to Brisbane and Gympie in Queensland.

Currently being planned is a Sydney Harbour Rail Tunnel with a railway station at Barangaroo and at Victoria Cross in North Sydney.

Editor Victor P Taffa named a Miller Street Railway Station on his www.isput.com.au website in February 2010.

However Sydney needs a single heavy rail network and not one with 2 rail technologies.

As Heavy Rail, a single technology network will work together that places commuters Front and Centre of Decision Making.

 

Sydney Harbour Heavy Rail Tunnel

Sydney Harbour Heavy Rail Tunnel should have no impact on Luna Park at Milson’s Point.

Sydney Harbour Heavy Rail Tunnel should have new additional below grade island platforms at Milson’s Point and at Miller Street, North Sydney that emerges within the North Shore Line corridor.

  • London-France Rail Tunnel is Heavy Rail.
  • Sydney Harbour Rail Tunnel needs to be Heavy Rail.

 

ISPUT Sydney CBD Lines with Sydney Harbour Rail Tunnel alignment to the Eastern side. Actual Sydney Harbour Rail Tunnel line will align towards western side of Sydney Harbour Bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Shore Line

North Shore Railway Line corridor is wide enough for 4 Tracks. Stations currently with 4 Platforms are as follows:

  • North Sydney,
  • St. Leonards,
  • Chatswood.

North Shore Line services from Wynyard-Hornsby would continue to operate.

 

St. Leonards Railway Station

St. Leonards Railway Station opened on 1 January 1890 as the terminus station of the North Shore Line from Hornsby. On 1 May 1893 the line was extended south to Milsons Point.

In August 1989 the station relocated to a temporary station south of the Pacific Highway to allow the site to be redeveloped.

New Twin Island station was completed in February 2000. Currently 2 of the 4 Platforms at the twin island station are unused.

As one single heavy rail technology the Sydney Harbour Heavy Rail Tunnel emerging within North Shore Railway Line corridor will save the Berejiklian Government many millions of dollars in construction costs while expanding rail capacity and increasing service frequency.

St. Leonards Railway Station currently designed as a 4 Platform Twin Island Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sets Of Points

Similarly at Martin Place Railway Station in the Sydney CBD as Heavy Rail the 2 tracks that feeds through Barangaroo Railway Station heads in an easterly direction then feeds through the 2 Platform Martin Place Railway Station that has sets of points at the eastern end of the station so heavy rail trains can head to either Kings Cross on the Eastern Suburbs Line or head in a southerly direction to Pitt Street, Central and Waterloo Railway Stations.

Beyond Waterloo as Heavy Rail services will integrate effectively with the Western, Bankstown, East Hills and Illawarra Lines.

As a single Heavy Rail Network this places the commuters Front and Centre of Decision Making.

Again as a single Heavy Rail Network trains from Barangaroo Railway Station can via Sets of Points at either end of the station connect with King Street Railway Station on the Bradfield Line.

Bradfield Line

Bradfield Line is named after Dr. John Bradfield who designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge and Railways plus planned many lines that were never built.

Name of Bradfield Line would appear on Railway Maps. Dr. Bradfield planned an Inner Circle line to connect the South Eastern Line to the Western Suburbs Line.

Bradfield Railway Line is a second city circle line that will have a Double Track Direct Connection with the Eastern Suburbs Line.

Platforms and a double track width tunnel are already built which reduces time and costs of construction to build the Bradfield Line.

Bradfield Line will be served by Western Line Trains.

As a single Heavy Rail Network this places the commuters Front and Centre of Decision Making.

 

North West Line

North West Railway Line under construction needs to be Heavy Rail that extends to and beyond the Richmond Line.

 

Ropes Creek Line

As Heavy Rail the North West Line can extend and connect with a rebuilt Ropes Creek Line. Ropes Creek Line was a Branch Line that operated from 1 March 1942-22 March 1986.

Once rebuilt and extended the Ropes Creek Line and North West Line as Heavy Rail can join with each other at Riverstone with a double track overpass and a double track diamond junction.

 

Double Track Sets Of Points at Vineyard enables Richmond Line Trains to serve commuters on North West Line as well as via Western Line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Services

  • Emu Plains-City via North West Line (New Double Track Y Link)
  • Emu Plains-City via Western Line (Serves Bradfield Line)
  • Blacktown-City via North West Line (New Double Track Y Link)
  • St. Mary’s-City via North West Line (New Double Track Y Link)

 

Abolish Printed Train Timetables

Editor Victor P Taffa wrote on Page 14 of 129 in the Detailed Overview PDF dated 30th September 2009 of his ISPUT Website as follows:

Timetabling schedules without a printed version will be as follows:

Sydney Metropolitan Lines:

5 minutes in Peak Hour, 15 minutes in Off-Peak & Weekends.

Newcastle CBD & Hunter Lines:

15 minutes in Peak Hour, 15 minutes in Off-Peak & Weekends.

Illawarra Lines:

15 minutes in Peak Hour, 15 minutes in Off-Peak & Weekends.

Country Lines: 30 minutes on every line.

All lines will have express, intermediate and all station services operating.

Detailed Overview Page Link is as follows: http://www.isput.com.au/plans/detailed-overview/

  • Sydney with 1 single Heavy Rail Network can have this.
  • Sydney can schedule this with 1 Heavy Rail Network.

Extra Tracks on existing corridors and new lines can also accommodate Capital City-Capital City High Speed Rail (HSR Aka Japan’s Bullet Train) at speeds of 500 km/h plus a roll-on roll-off Rail Ferry across Bass Strait.

 

Double Track Diamond Junction

As contained in Editor Victor P Taffa’s Western Sydney Airport EIS Transport Submission North West Line needs a Double Track Diamond Junction at Richmond Line/ North West Line Junction plus a Double Track Rail Overpass.

Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

Sydney Harbour Bridge with multiple uses in 1932 that will integrate well with a Sydney Harbour Heavy Rail Tunnel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change At

Listed below are Change At Railway Stations for different lines that commuters would see on Train Indicator Boards.

As new Railway Lines are built and commence operations new services will enhances those currently existing.

 

Single Heavy Rail Network enables the following services to be introduced:

Waterloo Line

  • Waterloo (Under construction)
  • Central (Existing Station)
  • Pitt Street (Under construction)
  • Martin Place (Existing Station)
  • Barangaroo (Under construction)
  • SYDNEY HARBOUR HEAVY RAIL TUNNEL
  • Milsons Point (New Below Grade Platforms)
  • Miller Street (Under construction)
  • Wollstonecraft (Existing Station)
  • St. Leonards (Existing Station)
  • Artarmon (Existing Station)
  • Chatswood (Existing Station)

Change at Waterloo for Western, Bankstown, East Hills and Illawarra Lines

Change at Martin Place for Eastern Suburbs Line

Change at Barangaroo for Bradfield Line

Change at Chatswood for North West and North Shore Lines

 

North West Line

  • North Sydney (Existing Heavy Rail Station)
  • Waverton (Existing Heavy Rail Station)
  • Wollstonecraft (Existing Heavy Rail Station)
  • St. Leonards (Existing Heavy Rail Station)
  • Artarmon (Existing Heavy Rail Station)
  • Chatswood (Existing Heavy Rail Station)
  • North Ryde (Existing Heavy Rail Station)
  • Macquarie Park (Existing Heavy Rail Station)
  • Macquarie University (Existing Heavy Rail Station)
  • Epping (Existing Heavy Rail Station)
  • Cherrybrook (Heavy Rail Station Under Construction)
  • Castle Hill (Heavy Rail Station Under Construction)
  • Showground (Heavy Rail Station Under Construction)
  • Norwest (Heavy Rail Station Under Construction)
  • Bella Vista (Heavy Rail Station Under Construction)
  • Kellyville (Heavy Rail Station Under Construction)
  • Rouse Hill (Heavy Rail Station Under Construction)
  • Cudgegong Road (Heavy Rail Station Under Construction)
  • DOUBLE TRACK DIAMOND JUNCTION AND RAIL OVERPASS

Change at North Sydney for City Circle Line

Change at Chatswood for North Shore Line

Change at Epping for Northern Line and Carlingford Line

Change at Cudgegong Road for Richmond Line

 

Ropes Creek Line

  • DOUBLE TRACK DIAMOND JUNCTION AND RAIL OVERPASS
  • Riverstone (Interchange Platforms above Surface Station)
  • Schofields West (Surface near Burfitt/ Carnarvon Rd Int.)
  • Marsden Park (Surface near Richmond Rd east of Fulton Rd cul-de-sac)
  • Shalvey (U/G near Luxford Rd/ Emerson Street Int.)
  • Wilmot (U/G near Luxford Rd/ Koomooloo Crescent)
  • Lethbridge Park (U/G near Forrester / Hatherton Rd Int.)
  • Ropes Creek (Rebuilt Railway Station)
  • Cochrane (Rebuilt Railway Station)
  • Dunheved (Rebuilt Railway Station)
  • St. Marys (Existing Station)
  • DOUBLE TRACK Y LINK
  • Werrington (Existing Station)
  • Kingswood (Existing Station)
  • Penrith (Existing Station)
  • Emu Plains (Existing Station)

Change at Riverstone for North West Line

Change at St. Marys for Western Line

Change at Werrington for Western Line

 

Richmond Line

Richmond Line opened in 1864 and requires complete duplication.

  • Richmond (Existing Station)
  • East Richmond (Existing Station)
  • Clarendon (Existing Station)
  • Windsor (Existing Station)
  • Mulgrave (Existing Station)
  • Vineyard (Existing Station)
  • DOUBLE TRACK SETS OF POINTS
  • DOUBLE TRACK DIAMOND JUNCTION AND RAIL OVERPASS
  • Riverstone (Existing Station)
  • Schofields (Existing Station)
  • Quakers Hill (Existing Station)
  • Marayong (Existing Station)
  • Blacktown (Existing Station)

Change at Vineyard for North West Line

Change at Riverstone for North West Line and Ropes Creek Line

St. James Station with Unused Platforms 2 & 3 covered over that can be easily removed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pedestrian Tunnel

A Pedestrian Tunnel would connect Hyde Park Corner Railway Station with Museum Railway Station. When the City-Surf and Mardi Gras events are on, Museum Railway Station is full to overflowing and as such a Pedestrian Tunnel will ensure maximum and a safe flow of passengers at these very busy times.

Railway Station Entrances

Railway Station entrances are to be functionary and not grandiose so as to maintain a uniform appearance and ensure that Taxpayer Dollars are used judiciously thus allowing for additional Railway Lines to be built with only stairways and lifts visible at the street level.

Construction Cost Savings

Construction Cost Savings found by use of:

  • Central Platforms 26 & 27
  • St. James Platforms 2 & 3
  • Macquarie Street Double Track Width Tunnel

 

Bradfield Line

  • Central Platforms 26 & 27 (Already Built)
  • Darling Harbour
  • King Street
  • Bridge Street
  • Parliament
  • St. James Platforms 2 & 3 (Already Built)
  • Hyde Park Corner
  • Central Platforms 26 & 27 (Already Built)

Macquarie Street Double Track width Tunnel already built.

Change at Parliament for Eastern Suburbs Line

London Tube Network has a Station named Hyde Park Corner

 

City Circle Line

  • Central (Existing Station)
  • Town Hall (Existing Station)
  • Wynyard (Existing Station)
  • Circular Quay (Existing Station)
  • St. James (Existing Station)
  • Museum (Existing Station)
  • Central (Existing Station)