Andrew Constance has announced that Newcastle LR will be entirelyAPS
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Sent:Sun, 16 Apr 2017 23:05:29 +1000Subject:Re: [TramsDownUnder] Re: Turnover plunges for businesses dueto Sydney light rail construction disruption
Living close to the Kensington section, I don't see much action atall. Work is very spasmodic, with many days having unattended sitesexcept for "traffic controllers" whose main job seems to be pressingthe button for pedestrian signals when someone wants to cross theroad.
Last week there was a pile of chopped up (about 3 metre) lengths ofrail near the former Ascot St junction site. A guy comes in with asmall tip-truck; another guy with a backhoe manages to get 3 or 4lengths of this rail into the back of the truck. The truck reversesabout 100 m down the work site, tips the track off the back onto theground, then drives away never to be seen again. There is still a lotof rail on the original stack. Maybe he will come back this week andmove another load?
They have started work at the Anzac/Todman intersection which is nowhalf blocked off, with some traffic deviations.. No workers there overthe weekend but two policemen were engaged to stand and observetraffic movements. They were there most of day on Friday and Saturday,perhaps it is a 24 hour engagement. On both occasions I walked pastone of them was a senior sergeant. I wondered who is picking up thetab for this?
It is little wonder that businesses are getting frustrated, but withmost of these shops having a permanent captive customer base inwalking distance from UNSW and numerous construction sites, theredoesn't seem to be any major drop off in foot traffic.
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Sent:Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:02:51 +1000Subject:Re: [TramsDownUnder] Re: Turnover plunges for businesses dueto Sydney light rail construction disruption
On 16/04/17 17:16, Mal Rowemal.rowe@... [TramsDownUnder]wrote: >
> Mal Rowe who would be interested to know how much of the occupationtime is engaged in actual works compared to periods when the work areais just sitting there idle and closed off. >
Very little of the extended 'construction' time is actual trackconstruction. Most of it is digging holes, filling holes, chasingabout finding who owns the pipe they just dug up, then re-routing, asour 2m thick concrete slab must have all services crossing the trackit, at least another metre down below the bottom of the 2m thickconcrete slab track. At least it looks that way.
A lot of very deep holes are being dug along Devonshire street at themoment. I took a look yesterday.
And George St - they were digging holes left right and center for ayear and half before any actual track construction started!
From observation much of the extended 'occupation' are theseancillary works. Once they actually start constructing track, evenwith our excessively large reinforced concrete slabs, it's donerelatively quickly.