If the Newcastle trams are also equipped with pantographs, there would still be an opportunity for them to be extended to Hamilton and beyond as tram-trains to serve additional short local platforms on the Short North and Maitland routes.
From:TramsDownUnder@... [mailto:TramsDownUnder@yahoogroups.com] Sent: Tuesday, 18 April 2017 3:51 PMTo:TramsDownUnder@...Subject: [TramsDownUnder] Newcastle light rail
Andrew Constance has announced that Newcastle LR will be entirely APS
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Sun, 16 Apr 2017 23:05:29 +1000
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 road.
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.
Sun, 16 Apr 2017 19:02:51 +1000
On 16/04/17 17:16, Mal Rowemal.rowe@... [TramsDownUnder] wrote:>
> 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.
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