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Date Posted: 09:43:38 12/17/04 Fri
In reply to: Ian (Australia) 's message, "Bringing back light rail would be great for poor old Sydney" on 14:24:05 12/16/04 Thu
There is actually one small light rail line that was constructed in Sydney in the late 1990s, I think. I doesn't really go anywhere though, only a few kilometres from Central Station to Lilyfield in the inner-west. In my opinion light rail should be brought back to reduce the number of buses (it would be useful as it doesn't create pollution and has faster loading times).
Light rail would be useful in the CBD and perhaps also other business centres such as North Sydney, Chatswood and Parramatta. It would also be useful where there are no or poor rail services such as in the Eastern suburbs. The last tram line to close down was in the 1960s from Central to La Perouse, why they don't bring this line back is beyond me. Unless the government is willing to build a heavy rail line, the entire eastern suburbs except perhaps Edgecliff where there is already heavy rail could do with light rail. Having to share lanes in the road with cars is increadibly annoying.
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Date Posted: 12:22:22 12/17/04 Fri
The greater part of that light rail line from central through Pyrmont to Lilyfield was a disused freight line. Thankfully it was put to good use rather than ripped up.
The huge mass of outer western suburbs could do with more heavy rail spurs with light rail feeder networks to get people to them.
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