VOTE 1 VICTOR P TAFFA For Second City Circle Heavy Railway Line

VOTE 1 VICTOR P TAFFA For Second City Circle Heavy Railway Line

Victor P Taffa

INDEPENDENT FOR SYDNEY

Building For The Future

Saturday 28 March 2015 New South Wales Election

Victor P Taffa has a 5 Point Plan For Sydney at the 28 March 2015 New South Wales Election and Point 2 is a Second City Circle Heavy Railway Line to be called the Bradfield Line after Dr. John Bradfield who designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge, City Circle Line, Metropolitan Railways and planned Railway Lines to the Northern Beaches, East and South East that have never been built.

This plan has been submitted to the New South Wales Transport and Planning Departments.

 Bradfield Line Railway Stations:

Events such as New Year’s Eve and the Vivid Light Show are examples as to why Sydney needs a second City Circle Heavy Rail Line. The Bradfield Line is to have the following Railway Stations:

  • Central-Utilises Unused Platforms 26 & 27
  • Darling Harbour-Alleviates congestion at Town Hall Station
  • King Street-Alleviates congestion at Wynyard Station
  • Bridge Street-Improves passenger flows at New Year’s Eve and Vivid Light Show
  • Parliament-Utilises Unused Macquarie Street Rail Tunnels
  • St. James-Utilises Unused Platforms 2 & 3
  • Hyde Park Corner-Improves passenger flows at Mardi Gras
  • Central-Utilises Unused Platforms 26 & 27
Dr. John Bradfield

Dr. John Bradfield

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Transport Contract Clauses:

Any contractual clauses with the Eastern Distributor Contracts about conflicting Public Transport would be negated with the Bradfield Line given that the Macquarie Street Rail Tunnels were built long before the Eastern Distributor was built. These tunnels, built by Dr. John Bradfield were used as Air Raid Shelters by General Douglas Macarthur during WWII.

 

Bradfield Line Benefits:

Darling Harbour and King Street Railway Stations eases congestion at Townhall and Wynyard.

Northern & Richmond Line Trains continues to operate via Town Hall, Wynyard and across the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Commuters who board at Blacktown and alight at North Sydney can simply catch a Richmond Line Train.

Commuters who drive to work from Penrith to Sydney CBD will find more seats on Western Line trains.

Western Line Trains will access Central Platforms 26 & 27 via new dual tunnels that commences on the western side of the Cleveland Street Overpass through the Southern overpass portal.

The Bradfield Line will serve the Bankstown, Brookvale, Carlingford, Eastwood, Ermington, Hills, Inner West, North Shore Line Extension, Princes, Richmond Line Extension, South Eastern and Western Lines.

The City Circle Line will serve the Airport, Carlingford, East Hills, Eastern Suburbs, Illawarra, Northern, Northern Beaches, North Shore, North Western and Richmond Lines.

The North Shore Line and Sydney Harbour Bridge will serve the Carlingford, North Western, Northern and Richmond Lines.

High Speed Rail (HSR):

  • Central Platforms 26 & 27 for Bradfield Line and HSR to Canberra, Melbourne
  • Central Platforms 1-15 for Newcastle CBD, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide CBD and Darwin CBD
  • Melbourne-Hobart HSR via Rail Ferry across Bass Strait

Railway Technologies

There are various types of Railway Technologies and while we could spend hours simply discussing this issue alone I will outline briefly the key points of Heavy, Metro and Maglev.

Heavy:

All of Australia’s Railway Tracks are Heavy Rail. The Rail Tunnel between England and France is Heavy Rail. Japan’s Bullet Train is Heavy Rail. The body of a Heavy Rail carriage is heavier than both a Metro Rail and Light Rail/ Tram carriage.

Heavy Rail and Metro Rail operates on different signalling and electrical current. Metro Rail has minimal seating that can best be described as ‘Cattle Class’.

 

Metro Rail Carriage Cattle Class

Metro Rail Carriage Cattle Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Signalling:

Improvements to signalling are being introduced on Victoria’s Regional Rail Line. Signal improvements can save Millions of dollars converting the Bankstown Line to Metro Rail.

 Metro:

Metro Rail such as the London ‘Tube’ has no Train Drivers, Guards or Platform Staff. Metro Rail operates with a Third Live Rail and thus has no overhead wiring.

Maglev:

Maglev means magnetic levitation which is a method of propulsion that uses magnetic levitation to propel vehicles with magnets rather than with wheels, axles and bearings. Maglev trains move more smoothly and somewhat more quietly than wheeled mass transit systems.

For Politicians and Public Officials to try to introduce different Railway Technologies rather than improve signalling and retain the one system is just an excuse to look like you’re doing something. Roads are not ripped up and replaced every time a car manufacturer brings out a more advance motor car. Some time ago Victor had the honour to meet Former Transport Boss Ron Christie and he said that he was impressed with the plans contained in www.isput.com.au

Sydney does not need ‘Cattle Class’ Carriages that have no seats. Given the size of the Sydney Metropolitan Area it was for this reason that Dr. John Bradfield chose single deck carriages that maximised seating capacity.

St. James Railway Station

St. James Railway Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Railway History:

1855:

The Sydney-Parramatta Railway opened on 26 September 1855. Prior to the opening some people urged then Governor Denison to build Horse Drawn Tramways instead of a Heavy Railway.

1863:

The London Metro Tube began on 10 January 1863. To say that Third Live Rail Metro Rail is better or newer for Sydney is untrue.

1890:

The London Metro Tube began electric operations on 18 December 1890. To say that Third Live Rail Metro Rail is better or newer for Sydney is untrue.

1961:

The last Tram ran to La Perouse on 25 February 1961 after 100 years of operations.

The same argument that Trams were too slow, old technology etc… are the same arguments being trotted out to replace Heavy Rail with Third Live Rail Metro Rail.

The Bradfield Line is half built with Platforms at Central and St. James Stations are ready to go and the Macquarie Street Rail Tunnels in place.

Building the Bradfield Line is more cost effective than building a Sydney Harbour Rail Tunnel. The Bradfield Line would be fully funded by the New South Wales Government whereas a Sydney Harbour Rail Tunnel would require Joint State-Federal Funding.

As Town Hall, Wynyard and Tracks across the Sydney Harbour Bridge are at capacity a new City Railway is needed now. There are three options.

  • An expensive Sydney Harbour Rail Tunnel,
  • Re-instate Eastern side Tracks on the Sydney Harbour Bridge ( lanes 7 & 8) or build
  • A new City Circle Heavy Railway.

To join the campaign call Victor on 0416 134 650

 

St. James Station Unused Platforms 2 & 3

St. James Station Unused Platforms 2 & 3