Tag Archives: Light Rail

Greenway and Light Rail can and should co-exist: Greens

 

Media release

30 September 2009

The Marrickville Greens councillors today voiced their belief that the old Dulwich Hill goods line corridor has enough room for lightrail, cyclists, pedestrians and nature.

“A combination of light rail, bikes and pedestrians has always been a vision supported by The Greens, Marrickville Council and the surrounding community,” said Marrickville Greens Councillor, Max Phillips.

“Light rail and active pedestrian areas co-exist all over the world, including Melbourne and in Sydney’s China Town.  The Greens want to see these uses co-exist along the Greenway route.

“I think the only impediment to this project being a success for these transport modes is state government funding.”

“Marrickville and other Councils have agreed to part fund a feasibility study and participate in the steering committee, though with the understanding that they were satisfied with the study’s terms of reference.”

“Unfortunately, the study brief was advertised by the State Government without an initial meeting of the steering committee or an opportunity for input into the study brief.

“Any feasibility study should include all configuations for consideration.  It would be silly to discard any particular option before having an objective look at the facts and feasibility.

“We should be looking at maximizing the use of the corridor for both light rail and cycle path and a green link between the Cooks River and Iron Cove.

“The Greens are confident that any compatibility issues between the light rail, bikes and pedestrians can be overcome with engineering or operational solutions.

“The Greens want  to ensure the feasibility study goes ahead with an eye for achieving the best outcome for residents of the Inner West.”

Contact: Councillor Max Phillips 0419 444 916

 

State Treasurer asleep at the wheel on light rail

Greens MP Lee Rhiannon this week asked the state treasurer Eric Roozendaal whether there was any money in the state budget for the extension of light rail from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill. light-rail

As you can see from the Hansard transcript below, the treasurer wasn’t sure.

They’re also pursuing the immature tactic of extracting money from the hard-up local councils before they’ll put in a cent.  A strange tactic given the state government is meant to fund public transport.

NSW LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL – QUESTION TIME

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

Lee RhiannonMs LEE RHIANNON: I direct my question to the Treasurer. Will the Treasurer explain why no specific additional funding has been made available in yesterday’s budget for a study into the extension of light rail from its current terminus in Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill? Is the Treasurer aware of the funding source or mechanism alluded to by the transport Minister, David Campbell, in his media statement yesterday in which he said the Government will fund its own study from the existing budget? Will the Treasurer assure local councils that have agreed to make $60,000 available for planning the extension that the State Government will provide its own contribution for the feasibility study in the coming financial year? Is he aware that the proposal for light rail in this corridor included substantial commitments to cycling and pedestrian facilities, and will the Government ensure that this much-needed active transport infrastructure is fully funded?

Eric RoozendaalThe Hon. ERIC ROOZENDAAL: The honourable member’s question is in relation to light rail and the viability study. From memory, I believe we said if the councils make their contributions available we would match that contribution. I will get some further information on the present position.

UPDATE: The treasurer came back the next day with a more detailed response:

Hansard
18 June 2009
LIGHT RAIL STUDY
Eric RoozendaalThe Hon. ERIC ROOZENDAAL: Yesterday I was asked a question by Ms Lee Rhiannon relating to a study for the proposed extension of the light rail system in Sydney. As many would be aware, there has been community interest in a proposal to extend the current light rail operation to Summer Hill and possibly Dulwich Hill.

The Government will be undertaking an assessment of extending the existing light rail system. The study will look into a range of issues involved in the proposal to expand the light rail, including the costs, the infrastructure requirements and the likely patronage it would attract.

The Minister for Transport advises that many other possible uses will be considered as part of the study, such as cycleway and walking trail options. I understand the Minister has written to the mayors of Leichhardt, Ashfield and Marrickville in this regard. With a firm commitment from those councils the Government will be able to proceed with this study. The Minister advises me he has not received formal responses from the councils at this stage. I am advised the study will take approximately six months to complete.

It’s still not clear if there is any money assigned in the budget for the feasibility study.  However, it is good news that cycling and walking paths will be considered as part of the study.

UPDATE 2: Lee Rhiannon has put this press release out about this issue.

See Eco Transit’s website for more detail about the proposed light rail campaign.

Greens support extension of light rail to Dulwich Hill

25 May 2009

light-railMarrickville Council’s Green Deputy Mayor, Fiona Byrne has again added her support for light rail to be extended to Dulwich Hill.

“The Greens have been determined that the Rozelle goods line corridor be used for light rail and extended to Dulwich Hill.”

“A successful light rail system already operates between Central Station and Lilyfield and extending it further is an obvious next step.”

“The State Government seriously needs to get its act together on public transport,” she said.

“Marrickville, Leichhardt and Ashfield Council have been supporting the use of the Dulwich Hill goods line for “alternative” transport, including light rail, for a long time.”

“A project that delivered light rail from Dulwich Hill and included a cycle way /walkway in the same corridor would be roundly applauded by the community.”

“The ongoing series of State Government public transport failures has knocked community confidence in its abilities to deliver on any initiatives,” she said.

Contact: Clr Fiona Byrne, Marrickville Council, 0401 719 120

For more info on light rail see EcoTransit’s website.

Read the Sydney Morning Herald’s front page story.