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Fears of chaos at end of line

Sydney Morning Herald, 24 March 2009

MORE than 20,000 people an hour could be stranded at Rozelle in the afternoon peak when they get off the proposed $4.8 billion CBD Metro. The state's top transport agency has revealed no examination has been undertaken on how the metro will integrate with a separate $162 million upgrade of Victoria Road, potentially creating bedlam at the end of the metro line at Darling Street at Victoria Road, one of the busiest intersections in


262. Hon SHEILA MILLS to the Minister for Transport: In response to yesterday’s question without notice 227, the Minister for Environment told the house that the Minister for Transport has identified that some environmental issues will need to be addressed for any proposal to construct the new Roe Highway stage 8. Will the minister detail — (1) the environmental concerns he has identified;


273. Hon ED DERMER to the Minister for Transport: (1) Are all regular metropolitan passenger train services running between the hours of 10.00 pm and 3.00 am accompanied by transit guards? (2) If not, which of these services do not have transit guards and what is the policy that determines which of these services have transit guards and which do not?

‘Spend now – or face catastrophe’

Upstream Online, 18 March 2009

Action is needed now to prevent a possible "catastrophic" energy supply crunch , Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali Naimi warned today.

Crude truth behind numbers that govern our lives

Times Online, 18 March 2009

Imagine that your neighbourhood has been chosen as a benchmark for house prices. Sales are recorded and an index is constructed. Soon, investors begin to trade the index, anticipating its value as a way of managing exposure to property prices.

Sydney transport ‘needs $1b a year’

Sydney Morning Herald, 17 March 2009

Public transport spending must increase by $1 billion a year if Sydney wants a world class transport network within three decades, a new report says. A study by the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) has found Sydneysiders and the NSW Government spent more than $40 billion on cars in 2006, making them by far the most expensive form of transport in the city.

The Wild Bunch

New York Times, 6 March 2009

SOMETIMES, when I am biking, I remember the ’80s, and I shudder. I remember, in other words, when biking was an extreme sport, when, if you were a biker, you had a lot of locks and a lot more nerve.


206. Hon KEN TRAVERS to the Minister for Transport:

(1) Can the minister confirm that the platforms are to be extended at the Loch and Grant Street train stations? (2) If yes to (1), what is the current status of works? (3) How much of the budget has already been spent? (4) What is the total cost of the proposed works?

AVONLINK: 12 March

217. Hon KIM CHANCE to the Minister for Transport:

I refer to the concerns of a number of regular passengers on the AvonLink rail service that this service is about to be cancelled. (1) Is the minister aware that this important service in my electorate is used by people with disabilities, by people travelling to medical appointments and by regular commuters? (2) Can the minister assure t


214. Hon KEN TRAVERS to the Minister for Transport:

I refer to Hon Barbara Scott’s speech on Tuesday night when she indicated that she had great store in the minister and his commitment prior to the last state election that the Fremantle eastern bypass will be reinstated. (1) Has any work commenced on possible alignments for the Fremantle eastern bypass? (2) If no, when does the minister expect work on possi