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Ten Things You Need To Know About Light Rail In Randwick

By Marcus Braid on June 13, 2014 in News

Picture: J.R. Caldwell - www.davidrcaldwell.com

Picture: J.R. Caldwell – www.davidrcaldwell.com

Light rail is coming to town, and it’s coming soon. Construction on the CBD and South East Light Rail Project is expected to commence late 2014, and reach completion in five or six years’ time. The project is expected to cost $1.6 billion.

So what does it mean for Randwick? Here are ten beneficial aspects of the light rail project that you need to know about:

1. The plan to bring light rail to the Eastern Suburbs has the support of Randwick Council. A $68 million funding package has been forwarded by Council, including proposals to build new public plazas around the Kingsford and Randwick interchanges. Funds will also be spent on parking, drainage works, traffic-calming measures and cycle connections.

2. Residents may well have their parking concerns quelled by Council’s proposal to acquire land and construct a multi-storey car park at Kingsford, next to the Kingsford 9-ways roundabout. Council has dedicated $40 million towards parking to offset the loss of spots owing to the impending light rail line. Council owns the land at 13-21 Rainbow Street, Kingsford, and the State Government owns 1-11 Rainbow Street, Kingsford. This proposal to build a multi-storey car park is one way to address the issue of parking.

3. The light rail line could potentially extend to Maroubra Junction. Council is pushing hard for the extension, which would likely correlate in an increase in Maroubra property prices. Maroubra Junction had a tram stop from 1921 to 1961, so wouldn’t it be nostalgic if light rail returned?

4. UNSW needs better transport. It is currently the only university without rail access, and is extremely dependent on the bus network for its 50,000 staff and students. UNSW will have stops at both Anzac Parade and Wansey Road, which should herald in a faster and more reliable transport service for the uni.

5. Light rail is the way of the future. A line from Circular Quay to Central is part of the project, and a line to Bondi is widely touted. The service boasts space for 300 commuters on each light rail service – five times the capacity of a standard bus – and will have ‘turn up and go’ services every two to three minutes in peak times.

6. It makes economic sense. $4 billion worth of benefits have been identified over a 30-year period. Transport for NSW has noted that road users stand to benefit $264 million owing to decongestion, operating savings and road safety improvements. A benefit of $707 million is forecast for public operational savings, including increased revenues and reduced bus operating costs.

7. Light rail is environmentally friendly. It promises to reduce air and noise pollution and improve urban renewal opportunities. A 700,000-tonne reduction of CO² emissions is expected over 30 years. Transport for NSW has forecast environmental and social benefits worth $308 million.

8. More jobs. The project is expected to create over 10,000 direct and indirect jobs from 2014 to 2020. Light rail will support the growth of 4,000 jobs in research, health and education in the Randwick Education and Health Specialised Centre, which employs 37% of the Randwick LGA’s workforce.

9. People will get where they want to go quicker. The service has a carrying capacity of 9,000 passengers per hour, fully integrated ticketing and 97% reliability.

10. Locals can have their say on the project. A website, yoursayrandwick.com.au/lightrail, has been specifically set up to encourage and cater for your concerns and feedback on light rail.

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  1. As news article I feel it necessary to have a balanced and analytical approach to the information presented. While this article says what Transport NSW and the gov’t says, it doesn’t add up.
    The $68 million needed and the rates increase suffered by all Randwick residents is ONLY to try and alleviate this NOT SO WONDERFUL PLAN. the roundabout at 9 ways when removed will make access to this proposed car park unavailable. There will be no right turn from Anzac Pde. coming south and the Rainbow street access is also denied.- Turns to Gardeners and Bunnerong Roads also removed heading south (?? you may well ask!)
    Maroubra Junction has parking ONLY sufficient because of the use it makes of the old tram area. To remove it like the taking of the parking from Anzac Pde. along Kensington and Kingsford The shops and services will die.- This is not spoken of in any cost benefit. Nor the HUGE loss to trade in the CBD itself in tourism and retail sales. Buisness and people can not sustain . The will go broke. gain no fall out from this in an cost benefit. No costing at all. The cost benefit analysis has been denied to the people. You may well ask why?
    While yo ask WHY? you may like to add this…Why would a Gov’t who is so supposedly strapped for cash that is is taking health and education money away spend $2 billion + on a rail (much , much rail spending all round for no improvement in actual function)system that will never be able to carry the cpacitys needed . Our buses in reality carry far more and can be added to in the future. The trams are reigid in ability and VERY limited. Their capacity will be a max . on start up (NB. this included the newly announced 50% increase which put this line at its absolute maximum carriages possible will not meet our needs NOW let alone in the future. The UNSW students who catch the express special buses have not been counted and with the removal of 2 lanes of traffic to try and fit these trams in there is no such thing as an express bus. They may call them specials but they will be stuck in the same traffic we all will be.
    Students that turn up to Go will turn up and wait and wait as the room is just not there. They will be late for classes as will our children. This will undermine the feasibility of the UNSW as a possible destination for the overseas student who help fund out unis. This is not stated in any propaganda . the race course will have these 45metre machines running along side the track – Will this be the end of racing at Randwick. Already they are trying to get the horses out of there???
    Also Don’t be fooled . Our electricity is not CLEAN. We are way behind in our Clean energy. The figures quoted in any of the governments claims have not been substantiated.
    The justification for the rezoning to 20-30 stories (now with no need to allow for cars) is not justified.
    There is an “unfettered discretion” clause loosely written that can be used by the successful private company(Person) to take this line further without objection.??? well you may ask WHAT IS GOING ON.

    Posted by: Margaret Hogg | October 27, 2014, 11:24 AM |

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  2. An open letter to all our local representatives regarding the Light Rail Project:

    I am a local mother of two young boys who attend public school in Randwick. I also work part time in the CBD, commuting by bike and public bus. I write you today with great concern regarding a particular aspect of the proposed light rail system in Sydney. While I understand it would benefit the local population in many ways, I have grave misgivings regarding the route which has been set for the line. Despite claims that the project is being approached with consideration for the environment, the local community, and sustainability, over 400 trees, some over 100 years old, are presently scheduled for removal for the construction of the light rail. In case you were unaware, some benefits presently provided by the trees include: absorption of CO2 from the surrounding air, production of oxygen, shade, cooling of ambient air, not to mention providing a sense of safety, history, and well-being while walking, running, or biking alongside them. I have included a link below for your perusal:

    http://www.arborenvironmentalalliance.com/carbon-tree-facts.asp

    Most of the trees scheduled for removal are very mature and historically significant and all bring considerable benefits to society as they are today. Their removal would certainly not enhance the aim of sustainability claimed by the light rail initiative, but would instead be a great insult to it. The amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere would no doubt increase due to reduced absorption by the trees, and commuters would be less inclined to travel by foot and bike during the summer months without the cooling, protective effect of the trees along the route. In addition, the loss of our connection to early Australian history, when the trees were planted originally, would be tragic. If we could follow the example of many old and touristically attractive cities in Europe by maintaining a balance between history, natural beauty, and modern development, it would bode well for Sydney’s future.

    Therefore I ask you to consider this issue as an important one, whose final outcome which will affect many generations and set a precedence in our local area regarding the way we approach development in future. Please support the consideration of an alternative route for the light rail in order to preserve as many of these precious trees as we can.

    Sincerely,

    Adnil

    Posted by: Adnil | October 29, 2015, 11:09 PM |

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