Friday, December 16, 2011
The Hills Transport Working Group today issued a ‘please explain’ to the NSW Minister for Transport, Ms Gladys Berejiklian, after a leaked internal memo from Mr. Rob Mason the CEO of RailCorp reveals that “a private sector entity will design, construct, commission, operate and maintain the North West rail link including rail and tunnel systems, track, structures and stations for a period of 20 to 30 years” under an “access model”.
The Hills Transport Working Group has previously warned that an airport link-style private operator and station access model on the North West Rail Link could see North West residents paying as much as $20 extra per trip.
For the full release click here.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
So we do support this transport proposal improvement submitted by Parramatta City Council for Light Rail/Metro Network catering for future of public transport.
7 December 2011
Click for a further details from Parramatta CIty Council Re- Proposed Western Sydney Light Rail
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Claims last night by Channel Nine that up to 10 per cent of reports of crime on the rail system are simply ‘disappearing’ are completely false, the Director of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research said today.
“Police are fully entitled to reject a reported crime if they have reason to believe the report is not genuine (e.g. CCTV footage shows the alleged incident did not take place).”
“The Bureau conducts regular audits of all NSW Police crime data, looking for any evidence that police are improperly rejecting crimes reported to them. The results of these audits are always made public. Click here for the most recent audit findings and our audit processes.
“When Channel Nine’s Kelvin Bissett contacted the Bureau seeking information on crimes on the rail system rejected by police, he was provided with data showing that the overall rejection rate for crimes reported on the rail system was just 3.3 percent.”
“The rejection rate for sexual assault was much higher (15 per cent) but the numbers were quite small; three reports being rejected out of a total of 20 for the entire year.”
“Channel Nine ignored all this and proceeded to make completely unfounded
allegations to the effect that records of crime on the rail system reported to police were being hidden or destroyed.”
“There was and is no evidence that police have been hiding or destroying reports of crime to make the problem of crime on the rail system appear less serious than it is. The story on rail violence by Channel Nine was an example of tabloid journalism at its worst.”
Friday, December 9, 2011
"We've had a letter box drop telling us that we're going to get a bus back commencing 21 December along the same route as before.It'll be the 782E," says local campaigner Patricia Guy.
Click here for the full story.
See the survey here.
One interesting observation is that the Rail Clearways project is 5 years overdue and $700m over budget. This relates to the current Parliamentary Inquiry into rail infrastucture project costings: See here for info about the inquiry.
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Transport planning forums will be held across NSW to ensure customers, businesses and other organisations can have their say on the future of transport in NSW. Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Roads and Ports Duncan Gay today announced the development of a Long Term Transport Master Plan which will involve unprecedented collaboration with those whose livelihood depends on the quality of the transport network - customers.
They confirmed 10 regions outside of Sydney will each host at least one forum where key stakeholders will be consulted by Transport for NSW as part of the 12-month process to develop a NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan.
Consultations will also be held in Sydney.
The forums will be held after the release of a discussion paper in February and the feedback gained will be used to inform development of a draft NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan.
Local groups involved with the WSPTU will be interested to find out more about those consultations.
You can find the full release here.
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The local newspaper, The Hills News, then ran local vox-pops (asking people on the street) what they thought of this idea. Click here to see what they said.
The Sydney Business Park development manager Owen Walsh was then quoted by the Hills Shire Times as advocating for the North West Rail Link to be extended out through Schofields to the new Marsden Park industrial development near Mt Druitt (part of the North West Growth Centre). He also suggested the line could then join into the Western Line via Dunheaved and St Marys using the existing old trainline corridor. See that story here.
Monday, November 28, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Click here to check it out:
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
With this car park so close the Liverpool Hospital and free. I expect most of the car spots to be taken up by hospital staff members. It's already hard to find parking near the hospital and the hospital has expanded. So unfortunately, get there early to find parking in this new car park because I think by about 8.30am, all spots will be taken.
February 22, 2011 3:20 PM
Spend a fortune on a car park to a station they have reduced peak hour afternoon services to , make you get of at cabramatta or liverpool and backtrack, the train stops at every station from the city except warwick farm.
March 2, 2011 3:13 PM
As every spot was taken outside the carpark where I usually park I ventured into the new multi storey free one. Had to go to top floor where there were still no spaces but cars were parking along one side of the one way lanes and we assumed this was OK as it is a free carpark and no lanes were blocked.
I received a fine as did the other cars in the aisles, they have SDRO on them. Any way I can appeal.
November 17, 2011 7:29 PM
Saturday, November 19, 2011
As all participants met members of the NSW Parliament, accompanied by member of the Sydney( from their electoral office) at Penrith Station and from here with a Scottish bagpiper and a traditional Aboriginal smoking welcome ceremony, walking way to the Joan Sutherland Q Theatre. I even spoke to Wayne Purcill City Rail Western Line making connections to improve train infrastructure on the the Western Line.
From here there testimonies of transport issues raise with a nurse at Nepean Hospital and others raise their alarm at similar situation. Individual transport surveys completed by members of the public on trains and before the assembly started Also there was support groups, religious and union who has back the Sydney Alliance Transport formula and finally commitment from the parliamentarians to look at meeting the formula - below is a map of the formula , shown in different diversity of efficient transport around Sydney:
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Here I was on Parramatta Train Station heading home in the afternoon, when I was standing near a pole and a young lady was trying to pass between and the pole to get passed, was undecided which way to go as these was 'chock-a-block' standing commuters everywhere,when all of a sudden she collapsed in front of me and fainted. I called out for medical assistance and one man came - knocked on the platform form of the station and made the station assistant aware of the situation. As I have no first aid experience - people didn't move away from where she was - which was a a common passageway and entrance way to enter trains.
I then left the area as Station Assistants and suddenly, two Transit Officers came to her aid - I moved away allowing clearance and went speaking to a lady I knew - Later I discovered the lady collapsed as she wanted to relief herself and could find the ladies toilets. She was eventually taken away and carried for better medical attention. My question is if this happens how quick would Cityrail First Aid Officers Arrive?
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
There is also another stop for local buses within the shopping village, about 50 metres away, but neither stop has adequate information to indicate which buses stop at which bus stop. This is very difficult for bus users and makes it very easy to miss your bus. There is no information about 131500 on the Woodville Rd stop.
As you can see from the photo, some of the signage is still a bit temporary to help people with the new platform.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Taken from 131500.com.au:
A new station has been built at Schofields as part of the Quakers Hill to Schofields Duplication project and will open on Saturday 29 October 2011.
Customers at Schofields will have access to more frequent services with all trains to and from Richmond stopping at Schofields, and most peak City services that currently start/terminate at Quakers Hill starting/terminating at Schofields. There are 42 additional services per week, including eight extra services to or from the city and an additional service on Saturdays and Sundays.
The T74 bus service (currently Blacktown to the Ponds) will be extended to operate between Riverstone and Blacktown via the new Schofields Station, Stanhope Gardens and Parklea Markets. These services will operate 7 days a week, running every 30 minutes on weekdays and hourly on weekends.
The T-way timetables T70-T75 have also changed by up to 15 minutes with the introduction of the new T74.
Click here for the full story.
For a full description and photos of the project click here.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
I like it and am impressed because this plan covers areas not covered before and would promote more community members to catch buses/public transport - please feel free to leave your comments
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
SYDNEY ALLIANCE TRANSPORT ASSEMBLY
6:30pm-8pm November 17th 2011
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
597 High Street, Penrith
For far too long Sydney’s public transport has been a problem.
It’s broken – now is the time to fix it!
The people of Sydney know what they want from their transport system.
Now is our chance to get the ball rolling to fix public transport for Sydney.
Our Vision is:
Public transport should be within 400 metres
It should only require 1 ticket
Be part of a public discussion: with leading decision makers on how we can all work together to make our vision of better public transport a reality.
Share your ideas, stories & point of view: with people from all over Sydney who are committed to a shared vision of bringing about a world class, sensible transport system for our city.
Register online for this important event:
Monday, October 10, 2011
ONE of Australia's largest bus manufacturers ... believes fully electric buses are the future.
The Perth-based company, BCI, has established a new bus depot at Milperra in Sydney's south-west, and a new $200 million joint venture in east China to manufacture fully electric buses.
BCI spokeswoman Michelle Nazzari said, "While hybrid was a great stepping stone toward electric vehicles, we believe full electric technology is the future, and we have embarked on a push toward it and all our research and development is now directed at it."
Saturday, October 8, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Also checkout the 'Go Catch' website as well:
We will appreciate any or all comments on this issue - I'm sure this will be a transport subject to talk about over dinner!
Thursday, October 6, 2011
A New South Wales Transport officer has advised today of what is happening with State Transit Officers.
That is, currently City Rail Transit officers have mostly been asked to spend more time on train station barriers rather than spending more time looking after revenue offenders and safety on trains. This is come from directions from their superiors.
There are also rumours floating around that their jobs will be replaced by the New South Wales Police. Yet 12 years ago a similar situation happen and as time went by the Police officers on trains were called out to urgent community safety duties and the State Transit officers came back on board!
My question would be, 'Who would replace the New South Wales Police Officers that come off community duty to then do their duty on trains?'
So which protection on public transport would you like?
"But this debate should be aired in public, and fostered by the government. Sydney residents would be better off if they were treated like adults, and allowed to consider the various options for improving the city's transport system, instead of being fed another plan."
Commuters Kept In Dark For Too Long - SMH
SMH - Paris-style Train Plan For City
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Friday October 28, Newtown, Sydney, $200.
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
And while the commitments to make these changes is the follow-through on election commitments, the Minister did have things to say about the Cumberland Line to the people of Liverpool. In November 2010 Minister Berejiklian said;
``I think it’s really sad and very frustrating for consumers that they have fewer services now on the Cumberland line than they did in 2004,’’ Ms Berejiklian said. ``It’s unacceptable in a region of Sydney that’s increasing in growth.’ (see WSPTU blog entry http://wsptu.blogspot.com/2010/12/opposition-responds-to-wsptu-request.html).
It is a long-standing policy position held by the WSPTU that the Cumberland Line should be better used and promoted.
Western Sydney gets an additional 20 rail services on the Western Line and 8 additional services to the Blue Mountains on the weekend as well as 30 additional Nightride bus services and 25 additional ferry services into Parramatta.
South Western Sydney gets an additional 25 Nightride services.
You can find the full media release from the Minister here.
And the new timetables, due to start from Oct 23, here.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Can I have a train with that?
New housing is supplied to house the city’s growing population, that’s great. But what about the other factors involved in taking care of the city’s growing population leading to a sustainable Sydney?Transport, Culture, Design, Environment, Community and Governance.
Governments need to pre-plan public transport. But how do they do that?
See the full article here:
Thursday, September 29, 2011
OMG!! Chaos at Blacktown train station, Lack of signage coming in from city services!! Express service signage does not mean express service. The Poor station staff not given right equipment to manage crowds.... Not very impressed customers.....no wonder people choose their cars.. I feel bad for the people who have no other option...
This inquiry is the biggest victory that was won out of the state election by community groups. We need to make the most of it as there is something rotten in the state of NSW - and changes of govt won't fix that- only public scrutiny and action will fix it.
One of the most significant factors preventing adequate public transport investment in Sydney is the inflated costs of rail projects. There are two basic aspects to this: on the one hand there's the mega-crazy Treasury overestimates designed to kill off rail projects and then there's the gold-plated project factor.
PLEASE MAKE AN EVIDENCE-BASED SUBMISSION BY WEDNESDAY. It only has to be short.
Something has to be done about the number of buses running on the T80 during the morning peak. I feel sorry for all the commuters that have to either stand for the entire journey or watch one full bus after another travel past their stop!
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
We will archive the link to Interchange on our Transport Links menu on the left of this page.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
My comment is that if he goes onto the North West Rail Link website on the following:
he will find there is a closer train station at 'Samantha Riley Drive' nearer to his home.
On this train link, I personally would like to see it linked to Riverstone/ Schofields train stations - so there could be more trains looping around!
Friday, September 9, 2011
$314 million to develop the 23-kilometre North West Rail Link
$292 million to continue the $2.1 billion South West Rail Link
$103 million to expand light rail in central Sydney and the inner west, integrating it with other forms of transport
$51 million to start building the Wynyard Walk
$159 million for the Country Regional Network
$198 million for the Rail Clearways Program
$106 million to improve infrastructure to meet the needs of new Waratah trains
$152 million to buy and upgrade rollingstock
$7.5 million for a new program to boost Easy Access upgrades and $22.5 million on programmed Easy Access station upgrades
$16.9 million as part of an increased commitment to spend $40 million over four years for Park and Travel Safety improvements
$102 million over four years to provide more express rail services
$2 million to conduct a study of North Coast rail services.
purchase 261 new buses, worth $118.8 million
$45 million for new bus depots
$7.6 million over four years to increase Nightride bus services
$9.2 million over four years to continue support for free bus services
$3 million for studies into a bus rapid transit system for the northern beaches.
continuing the Fixing Sydney Ferries program, by franchising Sydney Ferries, restoring and expanding services, upgrading wharves and looking at fleet replacement an additional $7.5 million over four years to improve ferry wharves.
Transport Interchanges and Commuter Car Parks
$76 million on interchanges and car parks.
Ticketing, Concessions and Community Transport
$110 million to deliver a fast, convenient and integrated electronic ticketing system for greater Sydney
providing concession schemes for pensioners, tertiary students, people with disabilities and others using public transport, estimated at $438 million
subsidising travel under the School Student Transport Scheme, estimated at $550 million
an extra $12 million over four years to boost community transport services
$1.6 million over four years to deliver free seniors’ photo cards to eligible Seniors Card holders and older people receiving a disability support pension.
You can find a link to the budget overview here . And for the keen people a link to all the budget papers here.
WSPTU will provide some commentary over the next few weeks.
Monday, September 5, 2011
It is such an easy idea, simple and yet it can work and should work. What the suggestion is will make less commuters bump into each other accidentally. That is, at the barriers on the western side only have one section of barriers "Entering' (left or right side) and the other side for existing.
At present we have sometimes 2 barriers 'Entering' on the right side and the other four to five other barriers going out, in the afternoon. Sometimes one breaks down or one commuters loses ticket in the machine and then they are calling the station assistants to locate them ,we are then down to one barrier. Jeanette's idea is a good idea and a lot of good people from Western Sydney have a lot of good ideas as well.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
You can find a Sydney Morning Herald story about this here.
At this stage, WSPTU is not aware of any public consultation processes (apart from the customer satisfaction survey) that are being undertaken to support the process of renewing the bus contracts. The usual way for the public to make a comment about their bus services is through the 131500 service on the phone or the website.
You can find a full list of the contracted, privately-owned, bus companies from the 131500 website here and the State Transit Authority (STA) here.
You can download a copy of the Service Planning Guidelines here.
You can find the latest Metropolitan Buses Customer Satisfaction Survey for 2010 here.
You can download a useful resource about the provision of bus services in Western Sydney from Western Sydney Community Forum: "Connecting With Buses".
You can read the report from the NSW Auditor General about the measurement of bus contract performance here.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Monday, August 15, 2011
For all the details look at the WSPTU constitution in the 'Who Is The WSPTU' section on this WSPTU blog. If you are interested to attend email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0466 893 480 and leave a message.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Professor Corinne Mulley - Institute of Transport and Logistics
David Borger - Former Minister for Roads and Lord Mayor of Parramatta
Stuart Palmer - Premier Cabs
Amy Williams - Sydney Alliance
Philippa Vale - South West Community Transport
The headline topics are:
Free Shuttle Buses - are they useful and how can people contribute to their evaluation?
Shared Taxis - can shared taxis be used as part of the public transport mix?
Plus the opportunity to meet local people who are interested to improve public transport in their local area. Register now, it's free!
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
It's ironic, then, that getting to the Lidcombe venue from Penrith by public transport also highlights missing links.
Sue Day, of the South Penrith Residents Action Group, who is also a member of the Western Sydney Public Transport Users' steering committee, said connections needed to be improved.
She said if someone wanted to get from Glenmore Park, for example, to Penrith railway station by bus on a weekend then "it's quicker by car — put it that way". "That's where the local transport system isn't really working for us," Mrs Day said.
"Connections don't work."
The Western Sydney Public Transport Users symposium presents an opportunity for residents to have a say about what they see as their transport needs.
The organisation is an umbrella one which supports the work of local transport-user groups and action groups.
Groups from areas such as Penrith, Mount Druitt and Parramatta will be taking part.
Mrs Day said that the forum would help commuters understand how they could work to improve public transport for their community.
After the forum the organisation would form policies so they could lobby collectively, Mrs Day said.
Among the topics to be discussed at the forum would be free shuttle buses. "Ours is not working," Mrs Day said. "No one's using it."
She said it wasn't servicing where people needed to go, pointing out that the government-funded shuttle didn't stop at the library, near the Aldi store on High Street nor at Nepean Hospital.
It's on Saturday, August 13, from 10.30am to 4pm, at the Dooleys Club.
Details, registration: email@example.com or 9633 5068. People who have difficulty getting to the venue can request transport or call Sue, 0411 395 363.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Minister backs the shuttle bus
Have a look at a blog that shows you some patronage figures from Blacktown Free Shuttle Bus - it is available to the public - it is not a big secret as I found out!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Western Sydney Public Transport Users Public Forum
If you've got anything to say, or want to join in with the discussion, please do! It will be great to hear about your public transport experiences. And don't forget to talk about the good things too!
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Monday, July 25, 2011
There is a new station frontage on both sides of the station - this is the Broomfield Street side. The "Easy Access" program is installing new lifts on both sides of the station.
They are building new street-level car parks and there is a plan to build a multi-level carpark across the road where the drive-through bottle shop currently is (and is being used as a carpark). Click here for the detailed plans for the carpark by the Transport Construction Authority.
These are new 'vandalism proof' toilets being installed on the Broomfield Street side.
There seems to be a new track corridor being made, which may be part of the Southern Sydney Freight Line which is going through from Macarthur to Sefton. Click here for a Wikipedia entry on the Southern Sydney Freight Line.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
See the full release for the dates or go to www.northwestrail.com.au
Click here for the full release.
Dear Public Transport Folk,
This comment relates to an academic, who was in the paper yesterday, saying unemployed people should not be allowed to have access to free train fares during the peak time. Boy, what planet are these people on? She's probably never been unemployed in her life. The unemployed need access to free transport during peaK times SO THEY CAN GET TO JOB INTERVIEWS.Fares are too much for job seekers who get no concessions. Also they get taken off benefits if they miss too many appointments.
Its ironic, but sometimes due to trackwork on the weekends, its actually far easier for me to travel to Parramatta Station as the Cumberland Line (Campbelltown to Blacktown - not passing through Granville) is in operation. Unfortunately the $13Million dollar (1991 dollars) Y-Link was built to service Western Sydney and now operates only 5 times a day.
Granville is the place where I and many others do a lot of waiting. Waiting for a train is not always pleasant at Granville. Often the physical environment is grey and old, it could do with a bit of brightening up. Security has improved over the years, which is good to see. The sight of five or so transit officers intimidating persons of interest (potential fare evaders) does not make me feel very secure...these people are usually sitting on the floor until they are dealt with... and what happens to them... people glance and try to not get involved, unless there is shouting.
Platform 4, needs perhaps a facelift (perhaps emphasising the heritage of Granville) and perhaps some painting or artwork to brighten it up. The waiting room is fairly bland - I wonder if there was an opportunity to improve this space - maybe even a tv or book swap place? Perhaps make it a connected space to the recently renovated cafe and open it up so that people could meet and talk whilst waiting for the train or even have some music there?Here is a poem I have written about Granville Station....
Granville Station, Go Easy on the Garlic Sauce
Connections, connecting to where I want to go
Hurry up to wait: platform 2 or 4?
Express train and freight trains,
Smell of the city, smell of charcoal chicken;
Go easy on the garlic sauce, it tastes good now, but keep it to yourself.
The subway on the corner & Bikes chained to the rails
Don’t park your bike here.... or anywhere.
A sense of place, a sense of time and tragedy
The Bold Street Bridge memorial
A day of roses every year
Cumberland line in operation on the weekend
Customer Notice: buses replacing trains
"Alllow extra time for waiting"
He also suggested that graffiti artists that actually ruin trains with their own signature graffiti should be employed by Cityrail to provide beautiful graffiti on outside of trains that the general commuting public would enjoy and like. The idea is probably not new one but can have genuine great results for everyone concerned.. Recognising great graffiti artists, and providing employment for ones that are in needy can bring great community pride, especially when the community enjoying the positive outcomes.
Beautifully graffitied trains - what can you say!
She has noticed that on platform 2 in late pm she used to wait for her train for about 10 minutes but now it has stretched to about half an hour. Her detective work has brought the outcome that that are more Richmond trains on Platform 2 transferred from platform 4, which provided later services for the Western Line & Blue Mountains Line. It appears it could be one addition train for the period of time that waits for the Penrith train.
It has become so drastic that some of her work colleagues hop onto the 'Snail train' on platform 4 that arrives because the arrival of the Penrith train on platform 4. They then hop off at Blacktown , cross over and hop onto the Parramatta platform 4 train when it reaches Blacktown. Sometimes they miss this train. This is what some commuters do to get home as quick as possible!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Click here to read the story from the Blacktown Sun.
There was a young guy on the tram promoting the fact that you can now use your pensioner excursion and mymulti tickets on the tram (without additional charge).