Re: Light rail fails in the hour of need
  Matthew Geier

On 23/1/23 10:42, TP wrote:
> Considering the less than 2 km distance between Moore Park and

> Central, there was no problem with the number of six artics that would

> have filled up the available road doing a continuous loop. The event

> buses actually have a dedicated loop terminus at Moore Park on the

> site of the old tramway loops and where a loop should have been built

> for CSELR event trams! T

The bus loop is no longer a loop. They stuck a turning loop at the end
when the loop was cut by the light rail construction and last I looked,
never restored it.

The CESLR tracks have a set of traffic lights next to the Moore Park
stop that were installed, but never commissioned.

> The other issue is that, in spite of knowing that there would be

> 30,000 people at the venue, TfNSW didn't consider it necessary to

> authorise additional LX trams to infill between the regular trams.

> Even in the event of the points failure, I believe that was further

> upstream, so the LX trams would have been able to continue operating

> even if the regular route trams were held up.


Presumably TfNSW have to pay Transdev to do it - and I wouldn't mind
betting that TfNSW wants some sort of 'consideration' from the event
promoters - or at least will do nothing unless the promoter asks them too.

> As an aside, I do wonder how they go with running LX trams in between

> the regulars at a combined 2 minute headway, considering the shunting

> required at the event stops. Do they really manage to trundle one of

> those 67 metre trams into a siding, get the driver to waddle the

> distance to the other end (on the ground, considering the tram is a

> coupled set), go through the startup procedures and run back into the

> platform two minutes before the next regular tram arrives?

A Citadis 305 can 'cut in' quite quickly. (I watched a driver at
Circular Quay recently, I think the cab activated in around 30 seconds)
Most of the delay will be the driver's 65m walk to the other end.