Reducing Wages Bill Is Only Reason To Force Driverless Trains Upon Sydney

Reducing Wages Bill Is Only Reason To Force Driverless Trains Upon Sydney

Driverless Trains Are One Big Yawn

Victor P Taffa

North West Metro rather than North West Heavy Rail Line is simply an exercise is cutting the wages bill. Saving money in not paying a Train Driver and a Guard.

All for pay back from Train Strikes in Sydney during the 1970’s.


Some time ago Railway Planners said that research found that commuters alighting and boarding on the North West Line would be intensive in certain areas along the new North West Line as much as wanting to go into the Sydney CBD.

Improved access to an existing Railway Station is predicated on increased patronage when the line opens.

This has been the excuse to destroy an Olympic size Ice Skating Rink at Macquarie Centre, North Ryde in a city that held the Olympic Games only 19 years ago.

While patronage may exceed expectations in areas such as Castle Hill where the North West Line will be new it is unlikely that existing Epping-Chatswood Railway Stations (3 Railway Stations) will experience an increase in patronage of an exceedingly large nature from current levels.

As previously stated, it is the new North West Line that will experience greater patronage growth rather than the Epping-Chatswood Line stations.


Epping-Chatswood Line Railway Stations:

  • Epping is a Junction Station on the Northern Line.
  • Chatswood is a Junction Station on the North Shore Line.

Opened on 23 February 2009 the Epping-Chatswood Line Platforms were built without any curves, lifts to platforms and level platform access to carriages.

3 Epping-Chatswood Line Railway Stations are as follows:

  • Macquarie University
  • Macquarie Park
  • North Ryde

Given that the Epping-Chatswood Line will re-open you may see only a small increase in patronage.

When the Epping-Chatswood line re-opens there will be the ‘Novelty’ factor that will wear off after a while.

When the North West Line opens there will be a ‘Novelty’ factor and differentiation in patronage.



Macquarie Shopping Centre Olympic Size Ice Skating Rink










Macquarie University Railway Station

For Macquarie Shopping Centre to need a very large new access to the re-opened Railway Station large patronage increase would have to be projected by the State Government.

Bus Feeder services to a re-opened Railway Station will not change very much at all.

State Government would need to release design plans and projected patronage levels at re-opened Macquarie University, Macquarie Park and North Ryde Railway Stations.

Herring Road exit at the Macquarie Shopping Centre will be sufficient where patronage levels do not change greatly.

  • Rolling stock from the new North West Railway Line will only have 30% seating capacity and 70% standing capacity.
  • Rolling stock for other Heavy Rail Lines has 70% seating capacity and 30% standing capacity.

Residents and commuters of the Epping-Chatswood Line have been forced onto Buses just to appease the Road Lobby.

Road Lobby would never put up with major Toll Roads being closed for 6 months and people told to catch a Train instead.

Plans for Driverless Train are to destroy Ice Skating Rinks, Central Station Railway Platforms, Leagues Clubs and a multi-storey retailer just to pretend that this is better than a simple expansion of one of the world’s best Metropolitan Heavy Rail Networks.

It is incumbent upon the State Government to explain why in the future there would be a need to demolish the Ice-Skating Rink as it currently stands.

Second rate planning just to force Driverless Trains upon Sydney. Driverless Trains that have been around for decades are not new.

Woolworths Town Hall Sydney Store










Woolworths Town Hall Store

Sydney City Council has for more than 40 years wanted to create a Public Space on the site of Woolworths Town Hall Store and Victor has opposed that in previous Public Submissions.

Sydney City Council owns the Woolworths Town Hall Store site.

Sounds familiar?

Same excuse for a grandiose new entrance to Macquarie University Railway Station.


Central Railway Station

Similarly, why are Heavy Rail Platforms at Central Station needed to be demolished just to build a new railway line that runs underneath the station in a different direction?

Are we going to renumber every platform in the Southern Hemisphere’s largest Railway Station?

Simply put this is second rate stupidity.


Balmain Leagues Club

Further to this in 2009 the former Labor Government wanted to build the Rozelle Metro. Balmain Leagues Club was closed and sold to the State Government just for a Bus Interchange.

In 2019 the Balmain Leagues Club sits empty and only in recent weeks new hoardings have been placed at the along the part of its front to stop further graffiti and vandalism.

If this were the Roads Department the Roads Lobby would have insisted that the job got done.

One only has to see the pace of construction of WestConnex to appreciate this.

When people are so snobby as to only want their Metro and at the same time pour scorn upon other genuine Heavy Rail improvements just shows how shallow they are on this matter.

Balmain Leagues Club Rozelle before vandals wrecked what was a great Leagues Club








Transport Industry Experience

One of Editor Victor P Taffa’s previous occupations included that as a Taxi Driver in Sydney for nearly 5 years.

For this reason, Victor can comment on possible patronage increases for a Railway Line.

Taxi-Driving is a part of the Transport Industry.


1984 Trip On BART

In 1984 the Cable Car Network in San Francisco, U.S was closed down for the first time in 100 years during renovations. As such out family never got to travel on San Francisco’s world-famous cable cars.

Prior to leaving Travel Agents raved about the BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) in San Francisco. BART is a Driverless Train.

Once onboard the train we were expecting razzle dazzle given the hype from Travel Agents.

Instead we asked each other what was all the fuss about?

Travelling on the BART proved to be one big yawn.


Platform Fences:

During World War II, London Tube Metro Stations were used as air raid shelters. People sat on the tracks and platforms.

In the event of an emergency these platform fences also pose a danger to people in the safe evacuation of a Railway Station.

If electricity fails in the event of an emergency these fences may not open.

Epping-Chatswood Line has been closed just to install faster signalling and stick fences on platforms which has just been a scandalous joke on people.

London Tube Station During World War II

St. Leonards Railway Station with Twin Island 4 Platforms and only 2 Tracks










Victoria Cross Railway Station:

Planning is so poor for this North West Metro that at Victoria Cross Station there is only lift access to the street.

In the event of an emergency this is simply a fire trap and a disaster waiting to happen.


North West Line Railway Stations:

North West Line should be Heavy Rail so it can integrate with the Richmond Line and also extend along the Ropes Creek corridor and connect onto the Western Line at St. Marys.

Cudgegong Road has been renamed Tallawong. Tallawong Railway Station is only 3 Km from Richmond Line. Tallawong should be Interchange Platforms for Vineyard Station on Richmond Line.

North West Line Railway Stations are as follows:

  • Tallawong
  • Rouse Hill
  • Kellyville
  • Bella Vista
  • Norwest
  • Showground
  • Castle Hill
  • Cherrybrook

Epping-Chatswood Line Railway Stations:

Epping-Chatswood Line Railway Stations are as follows:

  • Epping (Junction Station on Northern Line)
  • Macquarie University
  • Macquarie Park
  • North Ryde
  • Chatswood (Junction Station on North Shore Line)

Sydney Harbour Line Railway Stations:

Sydney Harbour Line Railway Stations are as follows:

  • Chatswood
  • Crows Nest
  • Victoria Cross
  • Sydney Harbour Rail Tunnel
  • Barangaroo
  • Martin Place
  • Pitt Street
  • Central
  • Waterloo

Bankstown Line Railway Stations:

Bankstown Line Railway Stations are as follows:

  • Sydenham
  • Marrickville
  • Dulwich Hill
  • Hurlstone Park
  • Canterbury
  • Campsie
  • Belmore
  • Lakemba
  • Wiley Park
  • Punchbowl
  • Bankstown

Terminating trains at Bankstown previously occurred until 1924. People are simply reinventing the wheel.

Sydenham Junction used to be the busiest on the Rail Network until the Airport Line opened in 2000.

People who knows little about trains are just trying to wreck the Heavy Rail Network. Politicians who either prefer Buses or represent electorates that do not have Railway Lines.

Yet from the 1930’s until 1961 some people had the same attitude about Trams in Sydney. Trams were seen as old slow and cumbersome in what was the world’s second largest Tramway Network.

Decades long lack of investment in the Heavy Rail Network and in the Tramway Network either side of World War II. Same boring arguments about Heavy Rail Trains in Sydney.

There is only money for a Metro in Sydney because all Governments have sold everything off bar the Kitchen Sink.