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;
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
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)
A recent ABC TV news included an “ABC Fact Check”
The claim: Barry O'Farrell says single-decker trains can carry more people than double-decker ones, because people can move on and off more quickly.
The verdict: Passengers can move on and off single-decker trains more quickly than double-decker ones, but experts say double-deckers carry so many more passengers that, per hour, they outdo single-deckers
Take 2 minutes to view the “ABC TV Fact Check” and make your own decision.
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