Saving $1 Billion For New South Wales Taxpayers Cannot Be Ignored

Saving $1 Billion For New South Wales Taxpayers Cannot Be Ignored

Utilising Existing Unused Railway Infrastructure Saves Many Millions Of Dollars

Victor P Taffa

The proposed Wickham (Newcastle) Transport Interchange resembles nothing more than a sheep shearers shed.

Many people who wish to try to reinvent the wheel in New South Wales are intent on costing New South Wales taxpayers many millions of dollars more than they need to spend simply to glorify their name and pretend to be doing something to justify their existence.

 

 

 

When the Newcastle and Sydney Tramway networks were dismantled and destroyed in the name of ‘progress’ all we got were buses that are now being replaced with light rail vehicles that are simply a low floor version of a Tramcar.

In the name of public policy this is simply a shameful disgrace.

Destroying a heavy railway line in order to build a modern light rail network in Newcastle is not the way to go about good public policy. Many people in Sydney are now saying that we should never have abandoned trams and yet people will say the same thing about heavy rail in Newcastle and Sydney if plans to abandon heavy rail at the expense of light rail or rapid metro transit succeed.

In Newcastle the real reason to destroy the heavy railway line is so that developers can grab their hands on the railway land.

 

Merry Christmas Newcastle From The New South Wales Government

The New South Wales Government has announced 26 December, 2014 as the date in which the Newcastle Railway Line will close. This is a carbon copy announcement of when previous New South Wales Government’s announced the closure of Newcastle and Sydney Tram Lines. The date chosen to close the Newcastle Railway Line is at the time of least resistance. People will be in a good mood from Christmas and not likely to be protesting in the streets. To close the Newcastle Railway Line on 26 December, 2014 is a cowardly act.

To build a Transport Interchange at Wickham and convert the heavy railway line to light rail has been estimated at $600 Million. However the heavy railway line will cease operations at Broadmeadow where some people have wanted to cutback the line. These people have no intention of building light rail.

Transport planners have had at least eight years to design a world class transport interchange for Wickham (Newcastle) and yet they have failed to do so. The heavy railway line should remain open until people can come up with an interchange that does not resemble anything more than a sheep shearers shed.

The people of Newcastle are being lied and conned to. There is NO plan to build light rail in Newcastle.

 

Newcastle Railway Line providing a reliable service since 1857

Newcastle Railway Line providing a reliable service since 1857

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2007 New South Wales State Election

The previous Labor Government also sought to build an interchange at Wickham (Newcastle) which resulted in the expulsion from the Labor Party of then sitting Labor MP Bryce Gaudry and the installation of Jodi Mckay in 2006 on this very issue. Bryce Gaudry was the Labor member for Newcastle from 1991-2007. Bryce Gaudry lost the 2007 State Election to Jodi Mckay. Bryce Gaudry never did anything corrupt except to want to retain the Newcastle Railway Line which is owned by the people of New South Wales.

In year 2014 the New South Wales Government has had at least eight years to plan and show to the world what a heavy rail, light rail and bus interchange would look like and the EIS fails to show such intricate detail.

The people of the Hunter Valley, Central Coast and Newcastle deserves better than to be taken for fools.

The Labor Party was in Government in 2006 when they expelled Bryce Gaudry from its ranks simply because he wanted to retain the Newcastle Railway Line. Did the Labor Party in Government draw up intricate design plans for an interchange? If so will they show them publicly?

Until the New South Wales Government can come up with intricate detailed work of the interchange showing heavy and light rail tracks and platforms, bus bays and road changes people should demand that the heavy railway line remains open well beyond 26 December, 2014.

If there were no prized railway land for development the ICAC (Independent Commission Against Corruption) would not need to be asking questions about such a scam of a deal.

The problem is that the EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) that has come out does not illustrate light rail alignments or any design work of the new Heavy Rail/ Light Rail/ Bus Interchange. The illustration of the so called Interchange is something akin to a giant sheep shearers shed.

 

Wickham (Newcastle) Transport Interchange that resembles nothing more than a sheep shearers shed

Wickham (Newcastle) Transport Interchange that resembles nothing more than a sheep shearers shed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bradfield Line Construction Cost Savings

Rapid Metro Transit is a different technology that does not integrate into the heavy rail network. As with the Newcastle heavy railway line, some small minded people wish to destroy Sydney’s heavy rail network with rapid metro transit or nothing at all.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Treasurer Joe Hockey think that only poor people catch a train. These two people want to destroy the Newcastle and Sydney heavy rail networks. These two people are completely out of touch with ordinary Australians.

While a Sydney Harbour Rail Tunnel is needed, the second city circle Bradfield heavy rail line will save the taxpayers of New South Wales many hundreds of millions of dollars.

Transport officials have said to build a new underground railway station will cost $50 Million. New surface railway stations costs $5 Million.

 

Newcastle Light Rail Plan that retains the heavy rail line

Newcastle Light Rail Plan that retains the heavy rail line

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Save New South Wales Taxpayers $1 Billion

By using Central Platforms 26 & 27 saves $50 Million

By using St. James Platforms 2 & 3 saves $50 Million

By using Macquarie Street Rail Tunnels saves $100 Million

By NOT converting the Epping-Chatswood and Bankstown Lines to Rapid Metro Technology saves $100 Million

Rapid Metro Conversion costs also include Bus replacement services for the conversion duration period.

Rapid Metro Conversion costs also include people not bothering and simply driving instead and never returning to catching a train.

No estimation for the value of these items.

 

Estimated Bradfield Line Construction Cost Savings: $400 Million

The Bradfield Line is to be used by all Western Line trains except Northern and Richmond Lines trains.

This will ease congestion at Town Hall, Wynyard and on tracks across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Estimated conversion cost of converting Newcastle Heavy to Light Rail: $600 Million

 

Total Savings:

Between leaving the Newcastle heavy railway line alone and building the Bradfield line instead of a rapid metro transit line, will result in a saving to taxpayers of $1 Billion

Dr. John Bradfield who designed and built the Sydney Harbour Bridge, City Circle, Metropolitan  and Goods Railways.

Dr. John Bradfield who designed and built the Sydney Harbour Bridge, City Circle, Metropolitan and Goods Railways.