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Thank goodness somebody with the stature of a Ron Christie has rubbished the Greiner plan (''Greiner's traffic plan a real choker, says expert'', October 15).
User-friendly cities such as London keep cars out with congestion taxes, build serious underground railways and maintain intensive bus services, using double-deckers to take up less road space.
What's wrong with another harbour crossing? London must have about 40 or 50 river crossings, both over the Thames and under it. Nearly half the crossings are solely for underground Tube railways or above-ground rail.
Please, no more ''studies''. We must have spent enough billions to build all the railways we need, simply on ''feasibility studies''.
Buy a $10,000 first class return flight to London and see how it's done. And check out the oyster card while you're there.
David Griffiths Turramurra
With respect to Ron Christie and so many other expert transport planners, the concept of future flexibility does not seem to be in their vocabulary.
If there were no cars or trucks tomorrow, or more likely in 10 or 20 years, let's say due to an apocalyptic oil crisis, how would railways, trams and any other fixed-rail systems cope? They would not.
The real value of motorway systems is that they provide versatile rights-of-way. Remember the Roman and other road systems that criss-crossed early Europe? Motorways will handle future electric vehicles, emergency services, advanced buses that multiply carrying capacities at least 50 times, and these vehicles are not inhibited or limited by fixed rails.
Please get the blinkers off, and complete major thoroughfares across the Sydney basin as soon as possible as a Plan A, and Plan B. Even if private cars as we know them today become impractical or are curtailed in future, total gridlock will be avoided.
John Ward Bangor
A spokeswoman for Infrastructure NSW states its strategy is about ''generating fresh ideas, fresh thinking, and moving on from past failures''.
Everything in Infrastructure NSW's proposed traffic plan is the exact opposite of all of that.
Maybe, to get some sensible transport planning, we should call in the current Los Angeles planners who are in the process of undoing the transport disasters visited upon that city in the 1950s, which were the same as the very plans Infrastructure NSW proposes for Sydney.
Bruce Stafford Tascott
On page 38 of its strategy, Infrastructure NSW lists projected demand for a number of items over the coming 20 years. While housing stock, hospital beds and car trips are in line with population growth with a 26 per cent to 28 per cent increase, shipping container trade is at 272 per cent.
Nobody is asking why container trade will be or needs to be 10 times higher. Nor are they asking why this should occur in Sydney.
Under the Ports Growth Plan announced in 2003, Newcastle was supposed to become the next major container port for NSW when Port Botany reached capacity. That is projected to be reached within seven years, so there is no time to waste in Newcastle!
If Infrastructure NSW's strategy wasn't so focused on moving containers around Sydney and building more roadways for heavy vehicles, attention could be directed to securing rail freight links.
Lynda Newnam La Perouse
What can be expected from a body whose head is a man whose transport expertise comes from sitting in comfort in a chauffeur-driven car?
Ron Christie is right - it is vital that we start thinking for the future and install a sensibly integrated public transport system.
Barbara Carrard Oatley
This article first appeared on www.brisbanetimes.com.au
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