Will the government finally be required to tell the truth about the journey times and capacity of the Sydney Light Rail?
The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) will decide at the light rail hearing on 21st November 2018. The public are welcome to attend. You are invited to come along to show your support, and please feel free to share this invitation, and the facebook event.
DATE: Wednesday 21st November 2018
PLACE: John Maddison Tower, Level 10, 86-90 Goulburn Street, Sydney.
In December 2016 the following information about the CBD and South East Light Rail (CSELR) was applied for under freedom of information laws:
1. Information revealing:
a. The licensed and forecast average operational loadings for the light rail vehicles in the morning peak hour from 8am-9am on the CSELR.
b. The number of buses to be replaced by the light rail vehicles in the morning peak hour from 8am-9am
c. The licensed and average operational capacities of those buses
2. Documents revealing the details of any traffic modelling undertaken for the CSELR project. In this respect I specifically seek information which is not subject to cabinet-in-confidence provisions, which contains any of the following information:
a. Cost/benefit analysis between light rail and electric buses.
b. Cost/benefit analysis between light rail and business-as-usual (e.g. our current buses)
c. Forecast likely average light rail journey time from Kingsford to the City and Randwick to the City.
The government and Transport for NSW are claiming that the majority of this information is classified as “Cabinet in Confidence” or “Commercial In Confidence.” and are either refusing to release the information, or have released possibly misleading information.
The are refusing to release the updated forecast estimated journey time of the light rail from Kingsford and Randwick to Circular Quay, despite this being one of the main reasons for building the light rail in the first place.
The estimated journey time in 2013 was ‘up to 34 minutes’ and in 2014 was ‘up to 38 minutes’. As a result of this increase in journey time, the supposed benefits of the project reduced from $4 Billion to $3 Billion as per the 2016 Auditor General Report.
That’s a quarter of a billion dollars per minute. If the estimated journey time goes up to one hour, the ‘benefits’ could be minus $5.8 Billion. Who is really benefiting from this project?
PARTIAL RELEASE OF COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE MATERIAL: 5a. CSELR End State SCATSIM Modelling Report (GTA) Aug 2016 – REDACTED – PAGES DELETED
Some of the information has been released, but The Government and Transport for NSW are going to extreme lengths to avoid having to release the information, with massive resources being thrown at this Tribunal Hearing. It’s a David and Goliath battle, and the chances of having the truth released are pretty remote, but its still worth trying.
WILL THE TRUTH BE TOLD?
Shouldn’t the taxpayers of NSW know when the light rail opens in 2020, how long it is going to take them to catch the tram to travel from Kingsford and Randwick to Circular Quay in the morning peak hour?
If you know any more information, or have any enquiries, please contact John Bellamy on 0414 755 621.
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