Planning no match for Transport Minister


gUPDATE:  29th April Randwick Councillors Greens: Matson & Shurey;  Liberals: Nash,Roberts, Stavrinos, Smith, Seng; Independent:  Andrews; and Labor: Garcia (adding an amendment to strengthen ‘consultation’) voted IN FAVOUR of spending $68million (equal to a year of rate income) to address SOME of the mess that Light Rail will cause.  Jeff Goodling Letter to Ray Brownlee 29 AprilA letter from Jeff Goodling to the GM dated 17th April and received 29th April (available at the meeting last night) states that the PPP tender for Light Rail was issued on the 7th March even though the EIS hasn’t been approved let alone assessed.  One could expect, if it were approved, that Conditions of Consent would inform the tender specifications.

According to NSW Planning (see below) the CBD South East Light Rail project is still being assessed before moving on to the determination phase.  That hasn’t stopped Transport for NSW progressing the project.   Aurecon (along with Parsons Brinkerhoff) have announced that they will produce the tender design for the shortlisted iLinQ consortium comprised of, Balfour Beatty, McConnell Dowell, Downer Keolis, Bombardier and Macquarie Capital  (3rd April)

(Photos:  Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Planning, Pru Goward).

UPDATE 30/4/14:  Aurecon forced to withdraw Media Release – check PRWire – PRWIRE


Aurecon secures tender design on sydney-light rail project ( media release courtesy PRWIRE on-line and below from Australian Manufacturing on-line but since removed)

Aurecon has announced that it has secured the tender design of the proposed light rail project connecting Sydney’s Central Business District (CBD) to the south east.

According to the news release by Aurecon, the construction work of the Sydney South East Light Rail network, a new 12km twin track light rail through Sydney CBD to Randwick and Kingsford in a Public Private Partnership (PPP) consortium, will be performed by Aurecon’s key client, Transport for New South Wales.

Aurecon has partnered with Parsons Brinckerhoff to deliver the tender design for the shortlisted iLinQ consortium comprised of Balfour Beatty, McConnell Dowell, Downer Keolis, Bombardier and Macquarie Capital.

Key features of the AUD 1.6 billion project which will form part of the tender design include: 20 light rail stops along the 12 kilometre route, major interchanges with ferry, heavy rail and bus services, a pedestrian zone on George Street between Bathurst and Hunter streets, public domain improvements, including possible new public spaces, paving, trees, lighting and street furniture, approximately 12 substations to provide power, and stabling facility in Randwick and a maintenance depot in Rozelle.

The Sydney South East Light Rail network will form the latest addition to the city’s expanding high-capacity light rail system spanning Central and Circular Quays in the north, Pyrmont and Dulwich Hill in the west, and Surrey Hills, Moore Park, Randwick and Kingsford in the south east.

tb“Aurecon has very strong and, importantly, local know-how delivering major light rail projects in Sydney, including the Inner West Light Rail Extension and the Sydney Light Rail planning study,” said Troy Burton, Project Leader.

“Combined with Parsons Brinckerhoff’s world class light rail expertise and our well-established client relationships with Transport for New South Wales and McConnell Dowell, we’re confident that our team can deliver a sustainable light rail solution capable of facilitating Sydney’s rapid urbanisation and economic growth for many years to come.”

Further Links:   LRRandwick Council flyer (2011) promoting Feasibility Study funded by Council and ATC –  note only one option was scoped, resident needs in South Ward were excluded and LR capacity figures inflated.   The Study by GHD was not made available when requests were made it was only after a Freedom of Information Request (under GIPA Act)  in late 2013 that it was released for residents to read.