What is frustrating is this ongoing assumption that the problem was the
underestimating of costs, rather than the design and execution being far
more expensive than it should have been.
Starting with the position that costs were underestimated leads to the
conclusion that tram/light rail is simply uneconomic. Whereas, if a
Melbourne style design had been undertaken, and costs had been less than
the estimate would lead to the conclusion that trams/light rail are
economic, and the system is worth expanding.
Not only could Sydney have had twice the extra length of track and trams,
but that very cheapness could have put more extensions on the agenda.
TfNSW's predecessors killed trams, and it looks like TfNSW has put a new
tram system for Sydney on life support.
On Thu, 13 Jan 2022, 10:48 am Greg Sutherland, <
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