This map shows my view of the best Light rail route for Randwick given what we will have to have.
WILL SAVE $ BILLIONS
1 LINE NOT 2
NO TRAFFIC PROBLEMS
NO TREES LOST
NO HIGHRISE JUSTIFIED
NO REDUCTION IN BUSES NEEDED
EXPRESS BUSES STAY
FITS ORIGINAL COUNCIL PLANS FOR ITS USE
A BIKE LANE TO FOLLOW
It avoids going down Anzac Parade (the only main arterial road to Kingsford and beyond) , this will avoid the traffic bottleneck that will occur when two lanes are lost in Kensington effecting peak hour traffic, reducing bus lanes, eliminating parking, wrecking businesses and giving no room for a bike path.
The whole of my proposed route is off the Road using existing crown land at the racecourse so it will reduce the cost, reduce the trees being lost on the other side of the racecourse and enable the proposed tram stabling yards to operate on racecourse land at the bottom of High Street. This is where the proposed bike path is supposed to go.
It eliminates 2 separate lines,only one is really needed to service the SCG, Racecourse, University and Hospital. This will save billions of dollars. The Line to Kingsford as we all know is only an excuse to allow 20 storey buildings to be build along Anzac Parade at Kingsford, commuters and residents don't need that.
Buses can interchange with trams at the Corner of High St and Anzac Parade (No need to have an interchange at the Kingsford roundabout which will turn it into a nightmare). Car parks can be built on racecourse land for commuters transferring from cars to trams and also be used on weekends by racegoers.
There will still be an option for the future to go South to Kingsford, Maroubra, Eastlakes or Mascot if it all works out to cause no traffic problems.
I also strongly believe the trams should terminate in Hospital Road (currently closed to the public) which will avoid traffic chaos at the intersection of Avoca and High Streets and save High Cross park from desecration and concrete. Residents from the new and proposed over-developments at Struggletown and Barker Streets can easily access it from here.
Buses can continue on current routes and schedules (including keeping the express buses all the way to town) Some Coogee buses can interchange at corner of High St and Hospital Road, others at the Racecourse near Doncaster Ave with the express buses in peak hour continuing unimpeded by trams on bus lanes to the city. Maroubra and La Perouse buses can interchange at the University or just continue on bus lanes
If anyone is telling you there has to be 2 separate lines ending well short of Coogee beach and Maroubra Junction then they know more than you do about the secret plans for Urban Activation Development (UAPs) beyond the current light rail route, don't let them get away with this!
Councillor Geoff Stevenson