|St Andrews Cathedral stop|
Clover Moore has never let such considerations worry her. The State Government spent a lot money and did the sums and told her to get stuffed. She has a whole new relationship with the O'Farrell Government.
When the Minister for Transport told the Community Forum in April that the Liberal Party State Government would take responsibility for the Project Clover Moore's eyes widened and she said nothing. The "community independents" who comprise about half of the City of Sydney councillors have maintained that the route through Surry Hills and the CBD was the choice of the State Government and have not expressed any concern about the consequences to the people who elected them. The only concern expressed by Clover Moore has been about overhead wiring in George Street.
The stop outside the Anglican Cathedral is at the start of the pedestrianised zone and the adjacent stop at Market Street, the "Queen Victoria Building" stop, is the only stop between it and the Wynyard stop, which is just before the tenuous Hunter Street connection with the CBD west of George Street that marks the end of the pedestrianised zone. The QVB stop would be the only stop where this phenomenon would be taking place. O'Farrell is apparently prepared to go to any expense to gratify Clover Moore's obsessions.
Battery operation limits the ability of trams to use regenerative braking where trams are most likely to run down pedestrians. This will be another matter for the PPPPs (Potential Private Public Partners) to decide.
TfNSW is telling people anything it thinks they wish to hear and is asking for an open-ended approval that will allow them to continue to make it up as they go along