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WORK UNDERWAY ON $500 MILLION SYDNEY LIGHT RAIL REVOLUTION

29 Aug

Saturday 14 August, 2010

Premier Kristina Keneally today announced the next two stages of the NSW Government’s $500 million delivery of the expanded light rail system.

Work underway in Summer Hill in late August 2010. Note the new concrete sleepers and gravel.

The developments are:

• Major preparation work has now started on the Dulwich Hill to Lilyfield light rail extension; and

• The NSW Government has today called for tenders for a detailed transport and traffic study to identify the preferred route for light rail through the Sydney CBD.
Ms Keneally was joined today in Dulwich Hill by Acting Transport Minister, David Borger, and Deputy Premier and Member for Marrickville, Carmel Tebbutt, to inspect rail work on the Dulwich Hill to Lilyfield Light Rail corridor.
Up to 200 rail workers have been on site from this week, replacing ballast, sleepers and rail along the former freight rail corridor.
The Dulwich Hill extension is the first part of the $500 million light rail network which will be delivered for Sydney under the Metropolitan Transport Plan.
Construction work of the Dulwich Hill link will start in early 2011 after a full assessment by the Department of Planning, including a public exhibition and consultation process.
“Light rail will make it easier to move around the city, reducing vehicle congestion and easing pollution – and today I announce the next two steps,” Ms Keneally said.
“The work we’re doing at Dulwich Hill will mean construction can start quickly after the Department of Planning has completed assessment of the project.
“What we are seeing today is the NSW Government’s $50 billion Metropolitan Transport Plan in action, delivering new transport links and infrastructure for the people of NSW.”

The CBD extension is the second part of the plan for light rail in Sydney, which will see new connections to Haymarket, Barangaroo and Circular Quay.
Ms Keneally today announced the calling of tenders for a detailed transport study which will identify the preferred route for the CBD light rail link. The study will:

• Make a recommendation of the preferred alignment and consider traffic modelling around the preferred route; and

• Consider potential impacts of changing transport patterns across the CBD, including future demand in areas such as Barangaroo and Walsh Bay.
“Introducing a brand new mode of transport in the city centre needs to be done properly with the right consideration of traffic and other implications,” Ms Keneally said.
“This study will help determine the best route for the extension through the CBD from Haymarket to Circular Quay.”
The study will be overseen by the Transport NSW, in conjunction with the City of Sydney, who will work together to determine the best light rail option for the CBD.
Ms Tebbutt said she was pleased the NSW Government is taking the next steps in preparation for a new light rail service.
“The people of Marrickville and Balmain have been calling for light rail for some time, and I am pleased they can already see work underway,” Ms Tebbutt said.
“Within two years, we will have a reliable, safe, comfortable light rail passenger service operating from Dulwich Hill to Central – alongside the new GreenWay.”
Acting Transport Minister, David Borger, said community consultation and input will be central to Sydney’s $500 million light rail program.
“The NSW Government will hold separate community consultation processes about the Dulwich Hill and CBD components of Sydney’s light rail system,” Mr Borger said.
“This will give the people of Balmain and Marrickville, and the people of Sydney, the opportunity comment in detail on the separate parts of Sydney’s new light rail system.
“We want local residents and local businesses to have ample opportunity to put their suggestions and views across, to help shape the new light rail network.
“Formal consultation about the Dulwich Hill to Lilyfield link will continue in the coming months as part of the Environmental Assessment process, while consultation as part of the CBD light rail system will take place after the transport study.
“I am particularly looking forward to people’s views on the new Greenway – a mixed use zone for area for families, commuters, cyclists, walkers and joggers.”
The planning approval process for the CBD light rail extension will start after the transport study has been completed and a preferred route has been identified.
More information the NSW Government’s light rail plan is available at www.transport.nsw.gov.au

Background notes

• Under the NSW Government’s $50 billion Metropolitan Transport Plan, there is almost 10 kilometres of new light rail track, bringing the total distance to 16.9 kilometres – stretching from Circular Quay to Dulwich Hill.
Dulwich Hill to Lilyfield Link:

• The extension from Lilyfield to will utilise the disused rail corridor at Rozelle and will run six tram services an hour along the network.

• Refurbishment work will be underway until 31 October 2010 between 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and 8am to 1pm on Saturday. Work includes:
o Cleaning and replacing the ballast (the crushed rock under the rails and sleepers)
o Replacing the timber sleepers with concrete sleepers
o Re-railing the dual tracks
o Straightening the three disused freight rail turn-off points at Lilyfield, Mungo Scott and Hercules Street
o Replacing the load-bearing beams of the railway bridges at Charles St and Lewisham culvert
o Extending the track at Lilyfield to link the existing and future services, and
o Removing the overhead wire and supports.

• A series of expert technical and ecological investigations have been undertaken, and bushcare and habitat sites have been quarantined prior to this new work starting.
o Every care is being taken to minimise disruption to residents and impacts on the local environment, particularly as the vegetation growing between the tracks is removed.
o Transport NSW is doing a comprehensive restoration program to reduce the need for future maintenance when the light rail service is operating.

Stations

• Nine stops have been identified for the light rail link, as part of the project application lodged from Transport NSW to the Department of Planning. They are:
o Leichhardt North (west of James St, adjacent to Darley St and City West Link Rd);
o Hawthorne (between Darley Rd, close to Lyall St and Hawthorne Canal);
o Marion (north of the overbridge crossing of Marion St, close to Lambert Park);
o Taverners Hill (northern side of Parramatta Rd overbridge, just east of Battle Bridge over Hawthorne Canal);
o Lewisham West (south of Longport St overbridge);
o Waratah Mills (north of Davis St overbridge);
o Arlington (adjacent to Johnson Park, north of Constitution Rd overbridge);
o Dulwich Grove (between New Canterbury Rd and Hercules St overbridges); and
o Dulwich Hill Interchange (adjacent to Dulwich Hill railway station).

CBD Light rail link:

• The Metropolitan Transport Plan includes a light rail extension through the CBD to provide transport for city growth areas such as Barangaroo, the King Street Wharf financial precinct, the Walsh Bay entertainment precinct and The Rocks.

• Work currently being undertaken by GHD will identify potential options for a light rail route based on either George St or Sussex St.

• Work currently being undertaken by GHD, focusing on the feasibility of light rail routes through the CBD along Sussex Street or George Street will feed into the study.

• The options are expected to include:
o Sussex St alignment – from Central to Barangaroo to Circular Quay
o George St alignment – from Central to Barangaroo via Circular Quay
o a light rail loop using both George St and Sussex St

• These options will form the base case for the CBD Light Rail Transport Study.

• The planning approval process for the CBD light rail extension will start after the transport study has been completed and a preferred route has been identified.

Source- http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/sites/default/files/releases/100814_work_underway_on_500_million_sydney_light_rail_revolution.pdf

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Sydney’s first GreenWay in light rail extension

It has been announced that the new light rail corridor between Lilyfield and Dulwich Hill will host Sydney’s first “GreenWay” – an environmentally sustainable, integrated transport corridor.

The new GreenWay is a first for Sydney – it will ensure the corridor has a ‘mixed use’ for families, commuters, cyclists, walkers and joggers.

This is a milestone in the roll out of Sydney’s $500 million light rail expansion and is part of the NSW Government’s fully funded $50.2 billion Metropolitan Transport Plan.

Under the Metropolitan Transport Plan, there is almost 10 kilometres of new light rail track, bringing the total distance to 16.9 kilometres – stretching from Circular Quay to Dulwich Hill.

People will be able to walk or cycle from the Cooks River to Iron Cove, through Canterbury, Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt Council areas.

Converting the old freight corridor between Lilyfield and Dulwich for light rail use will also significantly improve transport for commuters.

Design and construction work on the GreenWay will be undertaken at the same time as work on the light rail line, which is expected to be completed within two years.

Transport NSW will today lodge the project application and Preliminary Environmental Assessment with the Department of Planning, followed by community consultation.

Nine stops have been identified as part of the project application, following consideration of aspects such as the GreenWay, transport connections, walking distances, accessibility and proximity to retail, residential and recreational areas.

The recommended stops are:

Leichhardt North (west of James St, adjacent to Darley St and City West Link Rd);
Hawthorne (between Darley Rd, close to Lyall St and Hawthorne Canal);
Marion (north of the overbridge crossing of Marion St, close to Lambert Park);
Taverners Hill (northern side of Parramatta Rd overbridge, just east of Battle Bridge over Hawthorne Canal);
Lewisham West (south of Longport St overbridge);
Waratah Mills (north of Davis St overbridge);
Arlington (adjacent to Johnson Park, north of Constitution Rd overbridge);
Dulwich Grove (between New Canterbury Rd and Hercules St overbridges); and
Dulwich Hill Interchange (adjacent to Dulwich Hill railway station).
Community consultation about the light rail extension has shown very strong support for incorporating the GreenWay.

The GreenWay concept originated with the community and has been embraced in many ways already, particularly through bush regeneration work. More than 400 people provided a submission to the pre-construction study.

The new bike path along the GreenWay will be a key link in the Sydney cycle network.

The project will add a cycle and walking path south beyond the light rail stop at Dulwich Hill, so that people will be able to walk or cycle from the Cooks River to Iron Cove.

There will also be a new walking and cycling path built across the Hawthorne Canal so Haberfield residents can easily access the “Hawthorne” light rail stop.

In some places, the actual rail corridor is in a deep cutting and not wide enough to have a new shared path alongside, meaning the path will have to divert away from the line for some short distances.

There will continue to be ongoing community consultation during the initial Environmental Assessment period, including community updates via mail and information on the Transport NSW website.

The Stage 1: Inner West Extension Product Definition Report, Preliminary Environmental Assessment and the summary of community feedback are available on the Transport NSW website www.transport.nsw.gov.au

Source- http://www.nsw.gov.au/projects/sydneys-first-greenway-light-rail-extension

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Lewisham Towers / Greenway links

29 Aug

I will update this page as more links become available- TF

Lewisham Towers

Excerpt from developer master plan.

The site, 2010.

Lewisham Part 3A development map
Map of the area for the proposed development at the corner of Old Canterbury Road and Longport Street Lewisham, NSW Australia. Site on Google earth- http://maps.google.com.au/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&t=h&source=embed&msa=0&msid=104867751407999099629.00046910d60ec0eb8c5b4&ll=-33.893395,151.144881&spn=0.006234,0.010729&z=16
 
Leichhardt Council Notice of Motion for Demian Constructions Part 3A application
http://www.leichhardt.nsw.gov.au/IgnitionSuite/uploads/docs/SUPERMARKET%20DEVELOPMENT%20APPLICATION.pdf

Developer masterplan  
http://www.lewishamestate.com.au/masterplan.html
http://www.lewishamestate.com.au/docs/Landscape_Master.pdf

Lewisham Towers opposition

“No Lewisham Towers” Community Oppostion website   http://www.nolewishamtowers.org/

Discussion on Marrickville Greens website
http://marrickvillegreens.wordpress.com/issue/lewisham-part-3a-development/

Discussion on Ashfield Greens website
http://ashfield.nsw.greens.org.au/2009/11/25/nom-mcgill-street-precinct-master-plan/

Allied Mills (Mungo Scott Flour Mill)

http://ramin.com.au/travel/disused-railway-track.shtml
http://www.ramin.com.au/annandale/NSW-Feb-2010-Transport-Plan.shtml

Precedent for mill refurbishment 1 mile up line- Waratah Mills (Dulwich Hill).

In Sydney’s Dulwich Hill, Nettleton Tribe Architects converted a 1920s heritage-listed flourmill and silos into 84 apartments, known as Waratah Mill. Very successful.

Frontage to rail line.

Architect website- http://www.nettletontribe.com.au/projects/projects.asp?project=N1702c
http://www.dedece.com/projects/Waratah%20Mills/1273/
Waratah Mills MLR station, Sydney- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waratah_Mills_MLR_station,_Sydney

 

The Allied Mills site, 2010

 

The Allied Mills site, 1910 (before construction of the goods line).

The same location, looking towards the Harbour (I love the wide open spaces!)

The same location, 2010. A portion of the old railway bridge truss has been preserved for posterity.

Statutory

Ashfield Council LEP (Zoning) Map
http://www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au/page/lep_zoning_map.html

Marrickville Council LEP (Zoning) Map
http://www.marrickville.nsw.gov.au/planninganddevelopment/maps/zoninginformation.htm

Greenway Extension

Greenway project- http://www.greenway.org.au/
http://lightrailextension.metrotransport.com.au/sydney%E2%80%99s-first-greenway-in-light-rail-extension/
High Line New York- http://www.nyc-architecture.com/CHE/CHE029-TheHighLine.htm

The Greenway today (on the Hawthorn Canal near Kegworth School). This shows fig trees planted 20 years ago by Greenway enthusiasts.

Sydney light rail extension project

Light Rail operator website
http://www.metrotransport.com.au/index.php/home-2
http://lightrailextension.metrotransport.com.au/proposed-routes/light-rail-to-dulwich-hill/

State Government Project Info (good links)
http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/rail/lightrail-extension.html

Sydney Council website with light rail documentation
http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/aboutsydney/ParkingAndTransport/LightRail.asp

History of Metropolitan Goods railway line, Sydney
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metropolitan_Goods_railway_line,_Sydney

Ecotransit website coverage
http://www.ecotransit.org.au/ets/book/export/html/155

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The Cooks River to Iron Cove Greenway project – the Greenway project envisions a green corridor for cyclists, walkers and light rail running along the old goods line and linking the Cooks River to Iron Cove.  The proposed development will build right up to the rail line and pose a significant obstacle for the continuity of the Greenway project.

Following quoted from Community Oppostion website-

Bypassing the local community – Part 3A

The developer has decided to bypass the local Council and community and apply straight to the state goverment’s Minister for Planning, Kristina Kenneally.  They are able to do this under the controversial Part 3A of the NSW Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979.

Part 3A was introduced by the NSW Labor government  in 2005.  It allows big developments to be declared ’state significant’ which then allows them to be assessed and approved by the Minister for Planning.  Locally elected councils and the community are bypassed in a process that lacks transparency.

Part 3A was widely seen as a reward to big developers who have made big donations to help fund the NSW Labor Party’s election campaigns.  Property developers donated $9.9 million to the NSW Labor Party between 2002-2007.

According to the Department of Planning’s own figures, under Part 3A 295 of 296 applications were approved (that’s 99.6% of applications).  That’s despite 14,000 public submissions being received against proposals.  Clearly, Part 3A serves developers well.

The community believes that this development should be assessed and decided by the locally elected council – Marrickville Council.  Local councillors know their community well and are directly responsible to the community.

The Lewisham site

Marrickville Council has now updated s Local Environment Plan (the master plan for the whole area).  During this work the old industrial sites along the goodsline in Lewisham have been identified as an area for possible re-zoning and urban renewal.  The Council has to produce a master plan for the entire area to ensure that it complements and contributes to the existing community.

lewisham-site-web

The council’s new masterplan calls for an FSR of 1.7 to 1 on this site (Floor Space Ratio)

The current developer’s proposal is suggesting a FSR of 3.5 to 1!

The surrounding area generally consists of one or two storey residences.  Building sizes between three and six storeys are considered  appropriate for a residential redevelopment of the old industrial area of Lewisham.  

Marrickville Council produced and adopted a comprehensive Urban Strategy in 2007.  This strategy involved extensive community consultation.  Lewisham was identified as a ‘neighbourhood centre’.  Locating a major supermarket mall at Lewisham would make it an urban centre.  However, Lewisham does not have the infrastructure to be an urban centre and it will result in severe traffic congestion and loss of amenity for existing residents.

The Donations and the Consultant

Over the past decade there has been an unhealthy connection between big developers donating to the Labor and Liberal Parties and pro-developer laws and decisions being made.

The community is cynical and has lost confidence in our planning system.

A poll conducted by Galaxy Reserch for The Greens found an overwhelming 83% of NSW voters want a ban on donations from property developers to political parties and candidates.

A check on democracy4sale.org reveals that the Lewisham developer  ”Demian Constructions” has donated over $20,000 dollars through its sister company “Demian Developments”.

Former senior Labor Minister Carl Scully is a consultant for the developer.  He met with Marrickville Council staffon behalf of the developer prior to lodgement of the Part 3A application.  Carl Scully is not known for his architectural knowledge, so presumably he has been hired for his contacts and influence within the NSW Labor government.

For more information contact:  Councillor Max Phillips 0419 444 916 or mphillips@marrickville.nsw.gov.au

NSW Government's 'Green Way' Plan Ready for Submission

19 Jul

AAP Monday, July 19, 2010

SYDNEY—A proposed light rail expansion through inner west Sydney will include the city’s first so-called “GreenWay” for cyclists, joggers and walkers, the NSW government says.

Premier Kristina Keneally said the government would on Monday submit its planning application for the expansion, which would add 10km of light rail track through Leichhardt to Dulwich Hill.

The multi-billion extension was announced in February’s Transport Blueprint, and would take existing city services from Lilyfield along a disused rail line.

It would also include a mixed use “GreenWay” for the public, Ms Keneally said.

“The new GreenWay is a first for Sydney it will ensure the corridor has a mixed use for families, commuters, cyclists, walkers and joggers,” Ms Keneally said.

“People will be able to walk or cycle from the Cooks River to Iron Cove, through Canterbury, Marrickville, Ashfield and Leichhardt Council areas

“We want to ensure the corridor can benefit the whole community with the incorporation of a cycling and walking path, as well as retain critical bushcare sites along the extension.”

Nine stations were named as part of the planning application, including Leichhardt North, Lewisham West, and Dulwich Grove.

Should it get planning approval, the new service will be up and running in two years, Ms Keneally said.

The extended inner-west line is part of the government’s $500 million light rail expansion plans for Sydney, which also include a new link between Central Station and Circular Quay.

Source- http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/39422/

Govt releases Sydney light rail proposal

May 17, 2010 AAP

The NSW Government has released a draft study into a planned multi-million dollar light rail extension through Sydney’s inner-west.

Construction is likely to begin by the end of the year.

The 10km light rail extension to Dulwich Hill was announced in February’s Transport Blueprint and would take existing city services from Lilyfield along a disused rail line.

Ten possible stations have been named as part of the pre-construction study, including stops on Norton and Marion streets in Leichhardt, and a Lewisham interchange.

The government is now calling for public comment on the study.

“We invite the community to have a look at the proposed stations, have a look at the proposed interchanges, have a look at the route … and give us their feedback,” Premier Kristina Keneally told reporters at Lilyfield station on Monday.

Public submissions close on June 7, with the government expected to lodge its environmental assessment later that month.

The government hopes rail services will begin 18 months from the start of construction, tentatively slated for later this year.

The extended inner-west line is part of the government’s $500 million light rail expansion plans for Sydney, which also include a new link between Central Station and Circular Quay.

The draft report is available at www.transport.nsw.gov.au.

© 2010 AAP

Source- http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/govt-releases-sydney-light-rail-proposal-20100517-v81q.html

Barangaroo Images and News

24 Feb

Barangaroo: Harbour high-rise breaks all the rules
MATTHEW MOORE, SMH, February 24, 2010

The Premier, Kristina Keneally, has warmly endorsed a plan to build one of Sydney’s biggest hotels more than 100 metres out over the harbour, insisting it will not create a precedent other developers will seek to follow.

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Light rail would revive faded suburbs

24 Feb

24 Feb 2010  Kate Carr

BUSINESSES on Norton St are looking forward to boom times following the Government’s announcement on Sunday that it is going to extend the existing light rail system from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill.

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Finally, a plan that will get Sydney moving

13 Feb

ANDREW WEST February 13, 2010 SMH

Overcrowded … Sydney commuters are still waiting for an improved rail system. Photo: Kate Geraghty

Editor’s note- I’ve added this as it is to do with planning. I don’t like the fact (typical of politicians and journalists) that they don’t explain any alternative public transport options, but they just criticize the existing proposals.

THE Keneally government should delay building an expensive underground metro network for at least 10 years and focus on new heavy and light rail projects across Sydney, an independent inquiry recommends. Continue reading