Newcastle light rail
From: Brian

 Andrew Constance has announced that Newcastle LR will be entirely
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Sent:Sun, 16 Apr 2017 23:05:29 +1000
Subject:Re: [TramsDownUnder] Re: Turnover plunges for businesses due
to Sydney light rail construction disruption


Living close to the Kensington section,  I don't see much action at
all. Work is very spasmodic, with many days having unattended sites
except for "traffic controllers" whose main job seems to be pressing
the button for pedestrian signals when someone wants to cross the

Last week there was a pile of chopped up (about 3 metre) lengths of
rail near the former Ascot St junction site. A guy comes in with a
small tip-truck; another guy with a backhoe manages to get 3 or 4
lengths of this rail into the back of the truck. The truck reverses
about 100 m down the work site, tips the track off the back onto the
ground, then drives away never to be seen again. There is still a lot
of rail on the original stack. Maybe he will come back this week and
move another load?

They have started work at the Anzac/Todman intersection which is now
half blocked off, with some traffic deviations.. No workers there over
the weekend but two policemen were engaged to stand and observe
traffic movements. They were there most of day on Friday and Saturday,
perhaps it is a 24 hour engagement. On both occasions I walked past
one of them was a senior sergeant. I wondered who is picking up the
tab for this?

It is little wonder that businesses are getting frustrated, but with
most of these shops having a permanent captive customer base in
walking distance from UNSW and numerous construction sites, there
doesn't seem to be any major drop off in foot traffic.

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Sent:Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:02:51 +1000
Subject:Re: [TramsDownUnder] Re: Turnover plunges for businesses due
to Sydney light rail construction disruption


On 16/04/17 17:16, Mal Rowemal.rowe@... [TramsDownUnder]

> Mal Rowe who would be interested to know how much of the occupation
time is engaged in actual works compared to periods when the work area
is just sitting there idle and closed off.

Very little of the extended 'construction' time is actual track
construction. Most of it is digging holes, filling holes, chasing
about finding who owns the pipe they just dug up, then re-routing, as
our 2m thick concrete slab must have all services crossing the track
it, at least another metre down below the bottom of the 2m thick
concrete slab track. At least it looks that way.

A lot of very deep holes are being dug along Devonshire street at the
moment. I took a look yesterday.

And George St - they were digging holes left right and center for a
year and half before any actual track construction started!

From observation much of the extended 'occupation' are these
ancillary works. Once they actually start constructing track, even
with our excessively large reinforced concrete slabs, it's done
relatively quickly.