Major Concerns on Light Rail: ELTON CONSULTING.

AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL THE PEOPLE SUPPORTING THE CBD AND SOUTH EAST LIGHT RAIL PROJECT:

The Following Is Our Belief Only Without Prejudice

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are wondering if you can tell us where we can find the traffic modelling and analysis for the rezoning of the Randwick Local Government Area? We are also wondering if you are all still all 100% behind the CBD and South East Light Rail Project despite all the negative headlines? The headlines are included below for your reference. Do you also know where we can find the traffic modelling for the Westconnex, and how that will impact the Randwick Local Government Area Traffic Congestion?

The Sydney City Centre Access Strategy of 2013 which ELTON CONSULTING helped prepare, quite clearly states that the CBD and South East Light Rail will provide 220 fewer buses entering the city centre between 8am and 9am which is a capacity of 16,000 passengers an hour as per Transport for NSW. These buses will be replaced with 15 trams with a capacity of only 4,000 passengers an hour or a reduction in transport capacity into the city of 75%. (Unless you can prove otherwise with solid facts. It is feared that this will be much less now the journey times are to be extended.)

ELTON CONSULTING market research also discovered that the following things are most important to customers: Time, Reliability, Efficient Travel, Reassurance, and Comfort. The CBD and South East Light Rail appears to be a complete failure on all of these things.

The journey times will be much, much longer.  It will be unreliable due to no signal priority, and length of trains, it will be inefficient, not reassuring due to the lack of safety measures and will also be uncomfortable. In fact, we challenge you to name one single benefit of the project that you can substantiate with any facts. Not even property investors will benefit as the banks are already blacklisting the urban ghetto suburbs that are being created in Sydney, in particular around the Randwick Local Government Area.

Are you able to provide us with the current planned average journey times for the light rail?

There are about to be thousands of Sydney Shade Trees clear-felled, killed and maimed across Sydney, Australia, These Christmas Holidays, even ones right near the Sydney Opera House at Circular Quay. We would like you to respond to this email by Friday at the latest, as we believe that the information that you will provide will mean that the tree killing and mutilation may have a chance of being postponed pending a full and thorough investigation into this project, until it can be proved beyond reasonable doubt that there is any benefit at all for the people of Sydney to the CBD and South East Light Rail project. Our analysts believe that your analysts believe that it may be more economical for Sydney to break the contracts and restore the city transport to “Business As Usual.” But perhaps you may have a better win win solution for everyone? If so, let us know.

To be clear, could you please respond with the following information by close of business Friday 16th December 2016 at the latest.

1) Confirm the 75% cut to public transport entering the city between 8am and 9am due to changes from the light rail. If not provide hard data.

2) Confirm the current planned journey times for the light rail from Kingsford and Randwick to Circular Quay between 8am and 9am weekdays.

3) Provide the traffic modelling or analysis of that modelling for the CBD and South East Light Rail and Westconnex, including the recent rezoning of the Randwick Local Government Area.

Look forward to hearing from you. Please contact me at any time on 0414 755 621 should you need any further information

best regards,

John Bellamy

Is it worth continuing to waste $2.2 billion taxpayer money to kill and maim over 1500 Sydney Shade Trees, cut public transport capacity by over 75%, and increase economic and environmental congestion and pollution, and for which there are no proven benefits?

Excerpts From the ELTON CONSULTING Website and the CBD access Strategy below.

John Bellamy

0414 755 621

LIGHT RAIL HEADLINES 2016

Berejiklian, Constance keep light rail cost blowout advice under wraps

Cost of running Sydney’s new light-rail line blows out to $938 million

More delays dog Sydney’s $2.1 billion light rail line

Audit report reveals public misled on Sydney’s light rail cost blowout

Baird can make real reforms in response to the light rail saga

More rail problems as tram suspensions roll on

Government appears to be formulating light rail policy on the run

Sydney must learn from planning failures of past

Moore gives Baird a $47m Sydney light rail headache

Haste over light rail could see project run off rails financially

Indigenous artefacts found at Sydney light rail construction site, calls to …

Sydney light rail construction delayed after disused underground …

Sydney light rail: Questions raised over whether trams will solve …

Sydney’s new-look light rail designs revealed after negative feedback …

With light rail, all roads lead back to Sydney | Newcastle Herald

Sydney light rail: NSW government moves to quell capacity concerns …

Audit report reveals public misled on Sydney’s light rail cost blowout …

Light rail construction ends the city’s annual Chinese New Year …

Trams back online after lightning ‘melted’ cables

Call to halt Sydney light rail after massive Indigenous artefact find

Light rail will run behind schedule

Inner West light rail struggling to keep up with peak-hour demand | News Local

Randwick clinics to lose timed parking and drop off zones essential for elderly and wheelchair-bound patients under light rail plans. | News Local

Light rail, big fail | Altmedia

Light rail cost the same as 18,000 Audi A3s: Alistair Coe

WA decision to ditch light rail in favour of buses reverberates in Canberra

Outrage as Randwick’s ‘Tree of Knowledge’ fig gets surprise chop

Moore Park Stadium: scandalous government vandalism

Light rail: $600,000 a metre on a road to nowhere down George Street | Herald Sun

Sydney CBD light rail construction: workers to rip up same stretch of CBD roadway and re-lay it 24 times

Residents disappointed after minister says Devonshire street is locked in for light rail route | dailytelegraph.com.au

Casino Mike’s Sydney: Beautiful One Day, Barangaroo-ed The Next – New Matilda

www.smh.com.au/comment/why-sydneys-weekend-traffic-is-likely-to-get-worse-20160526-gp4v9h.html

Sydney CBD light rail will be $2 billion badly spent, says former NSW treasurer | DailyTelegraph

No light rail at the end of a slow travel tunnel | DailyTelegraph

Randwick Council support for CBD and South East Light Rail runs off track | DailyTelegraph

www.smh.com.au/comment/the-new-light-rail-doesnt-deserve-to-be-called-public-transport-20160518-goxufp.html

A shocking loss of our green heritage

Randwick-Council-TfNSW-FINAL-Light-Rail-Development-Agreement.pdf

Randwick Mayor signs Light Rail Development Agreement – Randwick City Council

Sydney tram plan will produce peak-hour chaos

Lend Lease chief executive Steve McCann reaps multi-million dollar bonus

Priceless Aboriginal Heritage faces destruction from light rail excavation | David Shoebridge

A sad goodby to Randwick heritage trees… – YouTube

Secret report warns of Sydney light rail safety fatality risk

Stop sacrificing fig trees for transport infrastructure on railway to hell

Centennial Park trees: gone but not forgotten

Protestor arrested trying to save a tree – Network Ten

Malcom Turnbull, Prime Minister of Australia speaking out in support of Moore Park in 2010 – YouTube

Sydney light rail construction to make ‘life very difficult’ for commuters

Save our trees | South Sydney Herald South Sydney Herald

Protesters arrested for trying to protect Anzac Parade trees

Fig Trees Continue To Fall In The Name Of Progress – The Beast

Randwick light rail forum rails over a lack of detail | DailyTelegraph

Turnbull government’s plan to make cities cooler and greener

20 Million Trees continues to roll out with $5 million for local planting projects > Greg Hunt MP, Federal Member for Flinders, Minister for the Environment

Trees versus light rail: we need to rethink skewed urban planning values

Getting heavy on Sydney’s light rail | dailytelegraph.com.au

Light rail company has bribery background | DailyTelegraph

Sydney CSELR issues

Randwick councillors walk out of debate on light rail development agreement | DailyTelegraph

Call to halt Sydney light rail after massive Indigenous artefact find

Opposition continues against CBD and South East Light Rail | Altmedia

Significant Tree Register – Randwick City Council

His voters are calling for help but Malcolm Turnbull refuses to enter debate over the Anzac Pde fig trees | DailyTelegraph

ACT government to pitch Canberra light rail to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for federal funding

The plan to turn Sydney’s green space into stadiums and car parks – Background Briefing – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A ‘disturbing lack of facts’ on Canberra’s Capital Metro light rail: experts

Light Rail platforms in Randwick will jeopardise pedestrian safety, says Maroubra resident | dailytelegraph.com.au

Light Rail Is the Wrong Choice for Cities | Cato Institute

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