Sydney’s Light Rail Future

I’ve been lucky to be leading a part of this grand project, finally announced today by the NSW Govt.  A big day for Sydney’s future.  The plan includes removing cars from George Street and relocating all those damned buses. A new civic street is born….

Coverage here:

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/forty-per-cent-of-george-street-to-be-carfree-zone-in-16-billion-sydney-tram-plan-20121213-2bb4j.html

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-12-13/trams-for-sydney/4427152?section=nsw

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Goodbye overhead wires for light rail?

http://www.wired.com/autopia/2012/12/induction-charging-bus/

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Induction for public transport is a rapidly developing technology – which is already being commercially developed in Europe.  

Already a less attractive element of light rail systems, the removal of overhead wires also removes a serious electrical hazard, makes streets more attractive, and lessens the impact of new systems to existing streets. 

 

Beyond iconic architecture

Beyond iconic architecture.

‘We all realize that a “sense of place” is of fundamental value to people everywhere — in every city, every town, every neighborhood, and every culture, for all ages.

At least, that is what the average person recognizes instinctively. It is a fundamental reality that all too often is missing from the discussion when it comes to architecture and design’

Angus Bruce

All aboard: the growth of global rail and our future cities

http://theconversation.edu.au/all-aboard-the-growth-of-global-rail-and-our-future-cities-10377?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+5+December+2012&utm_content=Latest+from+The+Conversation+for+5+December+2012+CID_9db47f1a5ad835b955f0ddccddfb2372&utm_source=campaign_monitor&utm_term=All%20aboard%20the%20growth%20of%20global%20rail%20and%20our%20future%20cities

Article by Peter Newman, Garry Glazebrook and Jeff Kenworthy of light and heavy rail growth