Nothing is surprising in NSW. Well, that would get rid of IWLR's only high-capacity terminus. They'll need to make the new one a single-track stub to stop patronage getting out of hand. It fits with the usual longstanding public transport agenda in NSW of kneecapping any public transport service that threatens to become too popular and therefore cost too much to run.
---InTramsDownUnder@..., <mcloughlin.dj@...> wrote :
The ABC and the SMH have items today saying the IWLR tracks/terminus will be shifted from the Railway Colonnade to Pitt Street to make way for a hotel foyer, in a revamp of Central Station.
As a regular user of both the station and the tram line on my visits to Sydney, I'd be grateful for any comments/further details.
The SMH website says:
The cost of transforming Sydney's Central Station into a gateway that includes a five-star hotel, high-rise towers and a new route for the inner west light rail line is estimated in leaked documents at just over $3 billion.
... They include a proposal to shift the inner west light rail line http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/why-trams-on-sydneys-booming-inner-west-light-rail-arent-running-more-often-20170817-gxyf4o.html from a stop outside the station's grand concourse to nearby Pitt Street, and constructing three towers of up to about 40 storeys above a new bus terminal and layover on Lee Street.
The ABC website says:
The hotel plan requires the relocation of an existing light-rail stop to Pitt Street, creating a turning bay for limousines and taxis outside a new hotel foyer.
david mcl, Wellington no more