Feb 21

Sydney CBD and South East light rail crowding rates exceed bus and train ‘crush capacity’

Reported in the Sydney Morning Herald: Passenger crowding on the $2.1 billion Sydney inner-city light rail is forecast to easily exceed “crush capacity” rates for buses and heavy rail, raising questions about patronage on key sections of the line. The analysis is contained in a capacity report for the Sydney CBD and South East light […] Read More »

Feb 20

Bus passenger risked Sydney Harbour Bridge inferno to tap off Opal card

Reported by the Sydney Morning Herald: The bus that caught fire on the Harbour Bridge in September last year. Call it a burning desire to get the correct fare. Transport investigators examining the bus fire that shut down the Sydney Harbour Bridge last September were left flabbergasted upon discovering a passenger ignored flames to jump […] Read More »

Feb 8

Opinion: Newcastle trams and city traffic

Published in the Newcastle Herald: With the Wickham transport interchange taking shape on the western side of Stewart Avenue – and with light rail operator Keolis Downer promising a more frequent service than originally expected – legitimate questions are being asked about the traffic impacts on one of the inner city’s most problematic choke points. […] Read More »

Feb 8

Newcastle: Fears introduction of light rail crossing in 2019 will cause traffic congestion along Stewart Avenue

Published in the Newcastle Herald: It was one of the city’s most notorious pinch points before the removal of the level crossing and critics fear traffic gridlock will return to Stewart Avenue when light rail arrives in 2019. But the man charged with overseeing the light rail rollout – Revitalising Newcastle project director Michael Cassel – has […] Read More »

Feb 3

Union calls for severe punishment after bus driver attacked

The Rail Tram and Bus Union of NSW has condemned an attack on an STA bus driver whilst on duty in Campsie last night. The bus driver has narrowly escaped serious injury after being punched in the face whilst sitting outside his bus on a rest break. Chris Preston, Secretary of the Tram and Bus […] Read More »

Jan 30

RTBU urges Premier Berejiklian to overturn Newcastle privatisation

The Tram and Bus Division have taken proactive steps under the new Berejiklian Government to urge the new premier to overturn the privatisation of transport in Newcastle. With a new agenda based around enhancing local infrastructure, the Union feels there is no more important infrastructure that public transport. The union told the premier that public […] Read More »

Jan 23

Mike Baird’s retirement met with smiles by Hunter Workers and Rail Tram and Bus Union

Reported in the Newcastle Herald: News of Mike Baird’s retirement has been met with smiles and delight among some union representatives, who say the outgoing NSW Premier would not be missed in the Hunter Region. Chris Preston, the NSW divisional secretary of the Rail Tram and Bus Union, said Baird’s “disgraceful” legacy for Newcastle would be the […] Read More »

Jan 20

Victorian taxpayers to fund first ‘solar trams’

Reported in the Australian: Victorian taxpayers will partially fund the building of a $150 million solar plant to be used to power Melbourne’s tram network. Victorian Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio yesterday doubled down on the government’s controversial renewable energy targets as she announced that a 75 megawatt solar plant would be built in regional Victoria. She […] Read More »

Jan 20

NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian seeks to replace Premier Mike Baird

Reported in the Australian Financial Review:  NSW Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian will stand as a candidate to replace Premier Mike Baird for the party leadership, a government source said, and is considered by Liberal insiders likely to be successful. Ms Berejiklian, who has overseen a strong budget performance as treasurer for three years, was unlikely to […] Read More »

Jan 18

Unions meet with new Newcastle transport operator Keolis Downer

All representative unions met with the new operator Keolis Downer at UNSW on the 16th of January. KEOLIS Downer has been awarded a 10-year contract to operate Newcastle’s public transport system, including the new light rail. The tender also includes Newcastle buses, ferries and interchanges. In attendance at the meeting was Keolis Downer CEO Mr […] Read More »