Agree, the current government is doing enough to fool the electorate into believing they want PT, Constance has publicly stated in his arrogant way, he longs for the day when there are no trains with drivers, guards and automated stations.
The short answer is no: there won't be an improvement in services. The current Gvt doesn't want to do it. They are ideologically opposed to public transport in any form, and certainly not where it won't win them votes/seats. Demand pressure for improvements would need to be enormous.
Thats a bit of WTF Dif01
New interurban rolling stock
New Regional Rolling stock
Hell, even the Newcastle LR over rapid bus option previously promoted for a replacement on the Newcastle line.interurban rollingstock with one toilet in a 4 car set, low back seating.....
NWRL had it's own political dynamic.
Sydney Metro driven primarily by the form factor of the NWRL, which in turn was driven (at least in part) by a desire *not* to invest in existing PT.
I know it's not the full story, but it's certainly part of it, and I think supports rather than counters my assertion the Libs just don't like PT ideologically.
But fleet renewal as an argument the Libs want to increase services?
We still have S-Sets and V-Sets in the SWT FFS. I would argue the current Gvt has done *less* than the bare minimum in terms of fleet renewal. It was the current Premier which cancelled the extension of the A-Set order.
And in fairness, *no-one* has wanted to adequately address the V-Set fleet issue, extending as far back as the Unsworth Lab Gvt (IIRC) which cancelled the V-Set program while U-boats were still running.
But I would argue the fleet renewal program during the course of this administration has been insufficient to cope with the organic growth in patronage, which itself has not kept pace with population growth. They have been ordering the bare minimum to maintain the status quo at the time of the order, and not by the time the order has been fulfilled. hence, we are slipping further behind the curve at the bottom end. We are looking at T-Sets having a planned 50+ year service life.
The Newcastle Fiasco highlights the problem better than anything. Not so much the outcome, but the ideology driving these decisions. None of it happened from a desire to improve services. BTW, have a look in 6 maps sat at where they built the tram shed, and then talk to me about extensions .
Western Metro? It's being driven by property development, and two small ones (relative to the size of the metro project) at that.
We're way off topic as it is, but I maintain the Libs are ideologically opposed to PT, and service improvements in particular.
If any Gvt were serious about regional local rail PT, we'd be looking at getting a small fleet of small, cost effective EMUs: ~150-250 seats in a 2-3 car DOO format, as well as appropriately renegotiating the EBA. As if to underline my point: ideally something that can be maintained at Dubbo.
@Ethan - even if all the other issues were resolved, our rail systems simply don't have the fleet - either in quantity or quality - to provide anything better than a 60min frequency.
The way Sydney and basically the outer urban areas are growing, there all but needs to be a constant renewing and extensions to the system along with separation of the tracks for freight and for the passenger services, and that includes train renewal and more of them.