Monday, 2 September 2013

A tram system based on a rank fabrication.

Circular Quay George Street bus terminus
The Deputy Director General of Transport for NSW, Chris Lock, addressed a Randwick Business Breakfast in April. Sorry to keep harking back to this meeting, but it was the last time he was seen in public. He made a blunt assertion to the attendees: "Over the two hours of the AM peak, 1610 buses arrive in the CBD, some 200,000 people rock up into the CBD ... there are 190 individual bus routes that arrive in the CBD. And to put it bluntly, we have run out of real estate".

He added: 'Fortunately I am a simpleton so I will solve this "problem" by halving the amount of real estate!' OK, he did not say that. He is not intelligent enough or self aware enough to make such an observation.

In fact, Transport for NSW is reducing the amount of "real estate" by much more than half. In a transport system "real estate" is curb space, and less than half the curb space available to the George Street and Castlereagh Street bus services is currently being utilised. Bus stops are placed on only the southern side of Alfred Street, with buses using Castlereagh Street turning into Pitt street and George Street buses turning efficiently into George Street. The northern side of Alfred Street is used by taxis waiting for passengers to turn up. Bus stops for the Surry Hills and City Road bus services using Castlereagh Street can be located on the northern side of Alfred Street, and ultimately the taxi ranks can be relocated for more relaxed transfers onto George Street bus services using the same clockwise and anticlockwise arrangements used for the Phillip Street terminus which is much more pressed for "real estate".

The Transport for NSW solution for its declared "CBD bus problem" is to give bus services from southern Maroubra, Malabar and Little Bay, which currently account for a small proportion of the bus services using the northern side of the Phillip Street terminus, all the "real estate" in Alfred Road to the west of the Customs House. We can put figures to this. During the fabled 2 hour AM peak, presumably from 8am to 10am, when we are told 1610 buses arrive in the CBD; 34 buses will be using all the "real estate" to the west of the Customs House to the exclusion of all other services.

Six of the 190 bus services that enter the CBD will have exclusive access to Alfred Street west of the Customs House. All the bus services from Parramatta Road, City Road and South Sydney will be forced into the Phillip Street maelstrom where they will compete for "real estate" with buses from the North Shore and Barangaroo.

The attempts by Transport for NSW to integrate the cattle cars with the bus services are so incompetent, it will be forever thus, particularly when the full horrors inflicted by the trams are evident to all.

The Circular Quay bus terminals have enough "real estate" to deal with the CBD public transport for the foreseeable future. It is possible to reduce the number of buses going all the way to Circular Quay, and the Transport Minister has been informed how to do this. Trams down George Street will in fact make it impossible to do this.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Peter
    Great work, a few mistakes that will be easy to fix.

    Frequency of 2-3 minutes (now they're talking 3 minutes) is at CQ end NOT at Randwick or Kingsford ends. At those ends it was 4-6 minutes in peak and 10-12 in off-peak. Now talking every 6 minutes and 12 minutes respectively.

    No bus routes go down Coogee Bay Rd they turn right into Perouse Rd heading south before turning left either at the first roundabout in Perouse Rd and then go past the Ritz cinema, or continue through the roundabout heading south to several different routes.

    The 220 buses per peak hour 'to be removed from the CBD' between CQ and Central (based on current buses used) have a capacity of between 16,000 and 17,000. Only 4 buses per hour come from Randwick Local Gov Area and go from central to CQ. So the LR with max capacity 9,000/hr with no wheelchairs, prams or crutches etc) will be mostly loaded up with Randwick residents wanting to go to the city and there will be approx 16,000 to 17,000 people trying to join them.

    I've run all the numbers on the project and it is not physically, economically nor socially feasible.


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