An amatuer’s attempt at transport planning

Perhaps I played too much Sim City over the holiday break. Or perhaps the shemozzle that is transport planning in Sydney has finally gotten to me.

Either way, I’ve spent more hours than I expected putting together this map (thank you Google maps for being intuitive and free). It shows what Sydney’s public transport might look like, if I was able to apply the Sim City mayor functions to Sydney.

Perhaps at some stage I’ll post some of the land use ideas that helped inspire this map. Perhaps not. Anyway, it’s fun to visualise ideas.

The map has been inspired by the following:

A thirty year public transport plan for New South Wales, Gary Glazebrook

City of Sydney Light Rail reports (side note: Why does Clover push for the George St option in spite of Council commissioning reports about LR heading down Castlereagh St?)

SMH campaign and inquiry into public transport

Many hours (over many years) wandering Sydney streets imagining what light rail would look like.

For anyone still reading, here’s some notes on staging:

1. Light rail! Extend the inner west line. Build the Anzac Parade line and city loop at the same time so that the city loop has enough feeder lines to make it worthwhile and concurrently take buses off the roads. Also, take private cars of of George St from Town Hall until Bridge St. This would be to the benefit of buses, taxis and bikes. It would also provide an alternative to buses that currently use Castlereagh St.

2. Start the western metro line, from Five Dock to the CBD. Extend to Strathfield / Homebush as soon as the funds are available.

3. Build rail tunnel from north west to Chatswood. Originally as heavy rail line, as many as six trains an hour could apparently run on the existing network with only minor timetable changes.

4. Build inner south light rail line as Green Square starts filling up with people.

5. Build lower north shore heavy rail by-pass, from St Leonards to North Sydney. This would cut travel time for heavy rail commuters and free up the lower north shore line (Waverton etc) for faster metro rail. The north west rail line can now be converted from heavy rail and run shuttles from Rouse Hill to North Sydney.

6. A harbour crossing either on the east side of the harbour bridge or constructed on the underside should be built concurrently with a metro rail line from Chatswood to Dee Why. This line would share the line from Chatswood to the CBD with the north western line, on to a new CBD line under Pitt St through to the Airport line, which would be converted from heavy rail to metro for this purpose.

7. The northern beaches metro rail would free up traffic along Military road form Mosman into North Sydney. A light rail line should be built along this route before the extra road capacity attracts more congestion, as is inevitable. This line would run from Mosman to the heavy and metro rail lines at North Sydney.

8. Extend the eastern rail line from Bondi Junction to Kingsford via Randwick, to interchange with the anzac light rail line. This would run as heavy rail whilst a final metro line was built from the CBD to Drummoyne, then would convert to metro rail. This line would then be extended north to Epping through Ryde, then finally, from Epping to Parramatta.

All this would require some changes to the Cityrail network, with the intention being to add capacity to that network. But I’m really only assuming, because it’s not my area of expertise and I haven’t looked into it enough. I also haven’t added bu routes to this plan. Mainly because I find them boring as opposed to how important they are. I am a fan of the metro buses though.

The staging would depend on when funding became available, but it’s better to plan ahead for the final result. This would allow for better co-ordinated land use planning and stop the backlash from locals who are “surprised” by suddenly announced train stations next door.

If you are still reading, thank you for indulging me.


4 responses to “An amatuer’s attempt at transport planning

  1. I’m right behind you on point 6. It’s unbelievable that the trains don’t extend to Randwick.

    I must confess I like the plan in today’s Herald more than yours though… mostly because of it’s focus on western Sydney! Very self-centered I know, but after living on the north shore I can’t believe I ever complained about the trains there!

    (Except for all the break-downs on the bridge. Another crossing is waaay overdue.)

    • I have browsed through the preliminary report, which was released over the weekend. There’s a lot of good stuff in there, and quite a few pages I haven’t had time to cover yet.

      The comments on bus improvements are quite illuminating, partly because I haven’t given buses much thought before and they don’t get the media coverage that big capital programs like rail get, except for parochial issues in local rags.

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