|Figure 7-9 AECOM access plan at Central Station|
The three extra bus stops in Pitt Street are a worry as buses using them would have to make a U-turn in the narrow section of Pitt Street - not physically possible. The double-headed orange arrows represent transfers from buses to the privately-operated trams which is all Aecom is interested in.
Whether forcibly-terminated buses are forced to loop through Goulburn Street or Campbell Street to turn right into Castlereagh Street, Booz & Company in the Technical Papers Volume 1 have them making a right-hand turn into Rawson Place into a set-down-only lane then a perilous hairpin right-hand turn into George Street.
|Technical Papers Volume 1|
- Catch a bus terminating at Wynyard Park and traipse to George Street;
- Catch a bus terminating at Druitt Street and walk to the Town Hall or QVB stops (same distance);
- Catch a bus terminating at Railway Square and step across the platform from their exclusive set-down-only stop.
Parsons Brinckerhoff are proud of the design of this stop - it is one of the few indicative plans of stops that it has not revised for the Preferred Infrastructure Report. The plan shows clearly how much of a hairpin bend it will be for buses to turn around into George Street. The dots presumably represent pedestrians who have moved down the platform to the tarmac-level crossing so as to dutifully cross at the lights.
|Alignment Diagram given to Sydney City Council|
The crossing had been deleted from the alignment diagrams inadvertently released by Sydney City Council in their submission to the EIS. This was understandable since the sandstone supports for the overpass almost completely block access to the crossing for bus passengers set down to the east of the overpass - they must cross the tram tracks blindsided to trams zipping through the arches from Chalmers Street.
The revised design replaces the lane used by buses with a two-way cycleway: "key impacts associated with the proposed design changes would include:
- the dual left turn movement from Elizabeth Street into Eddy Avenue would be reduced to a single lane to accommodate the two-way cycleway through the second arch of Eddy Avenue rail bridge
- traffic movements from Elizabeth Street and Foveaux Street into Eddy Avenue would be reduced to a single lane"
The current bus services from the southeastern suburbs to Railway Square connect passengers not only to Central Station but also to Parramatta Road and City Road bus services and they do not impact on congestion in the CBD. The trams that run on empty to Circular Quay after discharging passengers at Chalmers Street do not connect with these bus services unless they are forcibly terminated in Pitt Street and forced through the hairpin left-turn of death at Rawson Place.
Broomstick-eye Computer Graphics simulations of trams swooping along George Street may cause Gladys and Clover to pee their panties but they are very bad news for students and staff at Sydney University and residents of the inner west.
The Manly Connection
|Michael Bruce "Mike" Baird|
|Robin "Robert" Askin|