|Clisdell Street in the Surry Hills ghetto|
|Clisdell Street at intersection with Devonshire Street|
As you can see every major road accessing Devonshire Street except Elizabeth, Riley and Crown Streets have been closed. You have to wonder why have an eastbound lane at all? The text from Booz & Company titled Functional Changes says it all:
- Closure of a number connecting streets (sic) at the intersection of Devonshire Street, including:
- Buckingham Street
- Holt Street
- Waterloo Street
- High Holborn Street
- Clisdell Street
- No provision for parking provided along Devonshire Street
"The closure treatments will need to provide appropriate turnaround facilities or service road access to adjacent streets".
You can see from the photos that it will be physically impossible to turn around from the lower carriageway to the upper. Which brings us to Butt Street.
|Off-street parking from Butt St|
|Belvoir Street Theatre|
The other consultants refer lyrically to the Surry Hills stop as primarily servicing the local residential, dining and entertainment area, but few businesses will survive the tramway. It is a lot quicker to walk to these venues from the Devonshire Street tunnel exits of the Central rail platforms and from Elizabeth Street bus stops than from the proposed tram stop.
O'Farrell's only concern is with maximizing the profits of the private cattle car company, but he is killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.