Business owners count the costs of light rail construction delays

 

News article: Business owners count the costs of light rail construction delays

Business owners say they have been “financially and mentally gutted” by delays in Sydney’s multi-billion dollar light rail construction, with some calling on Malcolm Turnbull to intervene over the “growing debacle” and others describing it as “like a war”.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
During my trips to Sydney over the past 9 months I have on each occasion inspected the works in George Street only to find on most occasions people standing around and very little work being done.  Even over the space of a week, nothing much changes.

I have seen little to no progress on the tracks between King Street heading toward the harbour even to the point where it is silent on the works in the block outside the Railway Station in George Street.

I can understand how these cafe owners have become so enraged.

Business owners count the costs of light rail construction delays

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  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I agree 100% with you, bevans.  
I go to Sydney about 5 times a year and I have also been watching. George Street seems to be the best example of high powered inertia that I have ever seen. There is no discernible change from one visit to the next, or even one year to the next.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was built in 8 years from start to finish, and George Street is threatening to take longer.
  SinickleBird Assistant Commissioner

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
“Malcolm Turnbull is our Member of Parliament “. No, the local federal member is actually Tanya Plibersek for businesses in Crown and Devonshire Streets. (I am enrolled in this area, so have a little knowledge of the territory). State Member is Alex Greenwich. Neither of whom can legitimately take blame.

The contract was very badly managed by state government. Key information seems to have been withheld from bidders in effort to achieve target price. Hence the litigation driven by Acciona et al.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

Maybe the both of you need glasses.

plenty of progress has been shown by the like of john cowper on facebook. Also a lot of work has been going in to utilities underground and what is what.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Maybe the both of you need glasses.
"simstrain"
( bad grammar; its "both of you" or "the two of you", but never"the both . . ." .)
Mate; I see what I see, and I don't have access to your rose-tinted spectacles which show everything sweet in NSW.

plenty of progress has been shown by the like of john cowper on facebook. Also a lot of work has been going in to utilities underground and what is what.
"simstrain"
And who is John Cowper anyway? It must be a hell of a lot of work underground because there's three-fifths of five-eighths of SFA visible at the road level, and it's been that way for an awful long time. George Street has been, and remains, like a bomb site. How long until the thing is completed?
  Bethungra Train Controller

I agree 100% with you, bevans.  
I go to Sydney about 5 times a year and I have also been watching. George Street seems to be the best example of high powered inertia that I have ever seen. There is no discernible change from one visit to the next, or even one year to the next.
The Sydney Harbour Bridge was built in 8 years from start to finish, and George Street is threatening to take longer.
Valvegear

Six months+ between my visits and not much has changed on the corner of the Apple Store at King and George.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

John has been documenting the progress on the light rail since it started construction in October 2015. He has taken thousands of photo's on the construction progress and posted them to FB sites such as trams down under. Today he was out taking photo's of the depots at Lilyfield and Randwick.

A lot of the progress has been underground since that is where most of the issues with the utilities are. As an interloper all that you see is some fencing and assume nothing is being done. George street, eddy avenue and Devonshire street have been the most difficult due to the jigsaw puzzle that lay underneath them. What you have failed to see is the open heart surgery that has occurred.

Once all the surgery is done in a sector the form work and concrete get laid very quickly. There are already about a dozen light rail sets testing.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Isn't the government also being sued over the light rail works in Newcastle? It would have been easier just to keep the railway line open there.
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

In the time this project has been underway, Yarra Trams have rebuilt the Domain Interchange twice.

Well aware they are apples and oranges but from the time comparisons you would be thinking they were apples and meat loaf.

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