FORMER LABOR CANDIDATE   
  NSW Australia

MICHAEL STOVE

  Political activist in Australia     

 

            Beecroft-Cheltenham Civic Trust    

INC - ABN 41449599554         PO Box 31, Beecroft 2119

 www.2119.org.au

Media Release – Sunday 14th July

Sign the petition to demand the NWRL remain a double decker service

The O’Farrell Government’s decision to modify the Epping to Chatswood line and to build the North West Rail Link (NWRL) tunnels so that they are too small for modern double-deck rolling stock is a retrograde step that MUST be reversed.  The decision by the NSW State Government to build the North West Rail Link (NWRL) as a metro style line instead of the double decker heavy rail line is a short-sighted decision that will have future generations wondering why it was built and it will operate as a stand alone orphaned line not compatible with the rest of the Sydney rail network.

The people of north west Sydney deserve a double decker service to the city.

The main factss to support the NWRL to be returned to a double decker service are;

  1. The proposed Metro service would have 800 passengers standing on each service from Rouse Hill to Chatswood, a distance of 37 kms.
  2. Passengers to the city would need to change at Chatswood and join already crowded services for the remainder of their journey to the city.
  3. It is unlikely that the remainder of the network will be converted to an all metro service due to requirements of the infrastructure to accommodate inter-city trains from the north and south and for freight train movements.
  4. There would be no monetary savings in building the metro small bore tunnels. Any minor savings would be negated by the requirement to construct a maintenance facility at Rouse Hill. If the NWRL was compatible with the current network the maintenance of the trains would be carried out in existing maintenance facilities.

Construction of the twin tunnels is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2014, any changes will need to be instigated now. It is important for the people of north western Sydney that the short-sighted decision to build the NWRL as a metro is reversed.

In his pre-election promises, Barry O’Farrell promised that if he received a petition with 10,000 signatures that he would open up the subject for debate in the parliament.

 The Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust is facilitating the collection of signatures via an on-line petition. This petition can be accessed by the following the link:

http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/no-metro-construct-the-nwrl-to-suit-a-compatible-double-decker-operation or use the link at www.2119.org.au or by using the QR code below

 

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For information on the petition and collection of signatures please contact Michael Stove (0401 991 927)

 

For information on the technical aspects please contact Peter Hewitt (0417 215 774)

 

 

Authorised for release by Roderick Best – President of Beecroft Cheltenham Civic Trust (0412 016 156)

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