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"Sydney's Rail Future" - a possible variation

posted Tuesday 7 August 2012
In June 2012 the O'Farrell government released "Sydney's Rail Future", a plan for modernising the Sydney rail network by converting it to a "three tier" system: Rapid Transit, Suburban, and Intercity.

There has been much public comment on the plan, but few of the commentators have had the resources to account for the network-wide ramifications of their often localised suggestions. Our attention has been drawn to one response, "Sydney's Constrained Rail Future", a paper by network analyst Peter Mills, which considers the network-wide possibilities of the three-tier system. Importantly it also identifies some potential problems. Some of those problems are time-sensitive, as they relate to the North West Rail Link, contracts for the construction of which are due to be let within the next twelve months.

The "Sydney's Constrained Rail Future" document can be seen at http://www.aptnsw.org.au/documents/sydconstrainedrailfuture.html.

We acknowledge that this paper may well be one of many such comprehensive analyses of the government's plans. We commend it for public discussion.

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