Response to Gladys Berejiklian Media Release 23 October 2014

The most misleading message is in first paragraph and details right at the end. Media Release is attached below.

“Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced light rail would have 50 per cent more capacity than the 9,000 passengers per hour previously planned, after a preferred bidder was selected to deliver and operate Sydney’s new CBD and South East Light Rail project.”

This is then reworded towards the end to change the meaning remarkably.

Then the 7th paragraph:

““The proposal offers services that from day one carry up to 15 per cent more light rail passengers in peak hours, and 33 per cent more seats across the day.”

and even more pointedly the 9th paragraph:

“The preferred bidder has responded to this challenge with a proposal that ultimately has the potential to carry over 50 per cent more than the 9,000 passengers per hour in each direction previously announced by the government.”

Notice the words “ultimately has the potential”  are very different to ‘will’.

How will this potential be achieved?  Perhaps by spending an additional $420m building flyovers at the 4 greatest choke points as well as building a new additional stabling facility as the Kensington one does not appear to be able to hold more than 30 train sets.

There is a negative reference to the current bus service which is one of the most cost effective in Sydney.

“Ms Berejiklian said the CBD and South East Light Rail is expected to generate over $4 billion in economic benefits to NSW. It will help remove up to 220 buses an hour from CBD streets. 

“Light rail has been selected as the best value for money solution to the crippling congestion reducing Sydney’s productivity which currently costs the NSW economy around $5.1 billion per year and is expected to rise to $8.8 billion by 2021,” she said.”

The new start-up capacity is slated as 15% more, so from 6,000/hr to 6,900. Trouble is that still comes no where near to what just the 610, 891, M10 & M50 currently provide let alone the other 16 routes to be eliminated from the South East to Central or the CBD.

These are the bus routes to be eliminated from the CSELR route:

The 610 from Central to Sydney Boys and Sydney Girls High Schools (22 buses leaving over 42 minutes in morning peak and 21 in afternoon over a 9 minute period). Both standard and articulated buses.
The M10 (6 articulated buses licensed at 115 passengers) – will terminate at city and not come into CSELR route/Eastern Suburbs.
The M50 (6 articulated buses licensed at 115 passengers) – will terminate at city and not come into CSELR route/Eastern suburbs.
891 – max of 71 buses leaving in a 60 minute period in the morning peak (both standard and articulated buses), along with 890, 892 and 895

The other Eastern Suburb routes to be eliminated from the City and Central (coming from Eastern Suburbs but there are others coming into central from other areas that are to be stopped at central):

373 Some of the routes are cancelled out right and others are turned into shuttle buses to the Randwick or Kingsford interchange. So from Maroubra Beach to Kingsford interchange  (source EIS Volume 2 pg 131)

374
376
377
391
392
393
394
L94
395
396
397
399

Audit on Aug 14, 2014:

Route Number Period Current PPH Potential Max PPH
610 22 42 2200 3614
891 71 60 4970 8165
M10 6 60 690 690
M50 6 60 690 690
8550 13159

(1) To convert 22 buses in 42 minutes to an hourly capacity: 22/42*60

(2) Assuming only STA median bus licensed capacity of 70 passengers, source STA Annual Report
(3) M10s and M50s using Articulated buses with licensed capacity of 115 passengers

Then there are the other 13 routes to add on – another peak capacity of 8,610 calculated solely as standard buses. Many of the routes such as 373, 394, L94 use articulated buses but for ease of calculation as TfNSW refuses FOIs for the figures I just used the 70 capacity for the median bus from the STA Annual Report.

Note: 2014 deliveries of standard buses had 82 passenger capacity.

There were numerous 95 passenger capacity standard buses! With 61 seated and 34 standing. For those with the knowledge some of their numbers were : 3415, 3416, 3440, 3445 & 3492. The make appears to be APN. When did they appear?

There were also some 81 passenger standard buses not seen previously

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Thursday 23 October 2014:  Media Release Gladys Berejiklian
HUGE WIN FOR CUSTOMERS AS PREFERRED BIDDER ANNOUNCED FOR CBD AND SOUTH EAST LIGHT RAIL PROJECT
1.Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian today announced light rail would have 50 per cent more capacity than the 9,000 passengers per hour previously planned, after a preferred bidder was selected to deliver and operate Sydney’s new CBD and South East Light Rail project.
2.Ms Berejiklian said the news was a huge win for customers, with the NSW Government future-proofing the light rail network for decades to come, to cater for Sydney’s future economic and population growth.
3.The preferred bidder has also proposed reducing the expected length of time of construction along George Street, with extra support staff on the ground, importantly helping to minimise disruption to the community.
4.“The NSW Government is getting on with the job of building a new light rail network for Sydney and delivering major improvements to public transport,” Ms Berejiklian said.
5.The Connecting Sydney consortium, consisting of Transdev Sydney, Alstom Transport Australia, Acciona Infrastructure Australia and Capella Capital, has late today been advised that it is the preferred bidder to deliver and operate the project.
6.“The preferred bidder’s proposal offers an innovative, world class solution that will deliver a huge win for public transport customers, with reduced crowding on the light rail service and more capacity to cater for future demand,” Ms Berejiklian said.
7.“The proposal offers services that from day one carry up to 15 per cent more light rail passengers in peak hours, and 33 per cent more seats across the day.
8.“As I have said previously, the biggest challenge for this project is meeting the high demand from customers who are expected to choose light rail over buses, private vehicles and other transport options.
9.“The preferred bidder has responded to this challenge with a proposal that ultimately has the potential to carry over 50 per cent more than the 9,000 passengers per hour in each direction previously announced by the government.
10.“As a result of these wins for customers, this will mean an increase in the overall budget of the project, and the NSW Government will now work with the Connecting Sydney consortium over the coming weeks to finalise this major contract.”
11.The NSW Government has always said that construction of the CBD and South East Light Rail in such a busy environment will be extremely challenging and will result in some impacts along the route.
12.Connecting Sydney has responded to this, entering a bid with an earlier end date than expected for construction along George Street, a reduced impact on the community during construction.
13.The preferred team has also proposed using extra construction support staff on the ground, to better manage impacts in the CBD, meaning less disruption for motorists, businesses and CBD workers.
14.The detailed construction program is now subject to further commercial negotiations and once agreed, the project team will ensure communities are well informed along the route.
15.Ms Berejiklian said the extra capacity has been even more important, since the opening of the Inner West Light Rail extension in March this year.
16.“The Inner West Light Rail extension has proven extremely popular from day one. There have been over 2.3 million trips made on the Inner West Light Rail since the extension opened, a 21 per cent increase compared to last year,” she said.
17.“We have seen how popular the Inner West Light Rail extension has been and have decided to deliver additional capacity on the CBD and South East Light Rail to ensure we future-proof the system.”
18.Ms Berejiklian said the CBD and South East Light Rail is expected to generate over $4 billion in economic benefits to NSW. It will help remove up to 220 buses an hour from CBD streets.
19.“Light rail has been selected as the best value for money solution to the crippling congestion reducing Sydney’s productivity which currently costs the NSW economy around $5.1 billion per year and is expected to rise to $8.8 billion by 2021,” she said.
20.Further detail on the successful tender will be released when the contract is awarded by the end of the year.
21. The NSW Government will set light rail fares and enforce financial penalties if the operator does not meet the customer service standards set out in the contract. These will include running services on time and making sure the vehicles are clean.
22. As with other major projects including the North West Rail Link, the design of the CBD and South East Light Rail has evolved during its planning process and the preferred bidder may require some modifications to the project, which are also expected to be announced before the end of 2014.
23.For more information on the project: http://www.sydneylightrail.transport.nsw.gov.au/
Media: Rhys Haynes 0418 517 823
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