A social media photo of what looks like the Paris M4 line at 8 am Monday this week

Not planes but trains, and only in Sydney, where it IS important

Earlier today with four hours to kill this reporter visited the nightmare that the northwest railway will inflict on Sydney commuters by catching a few suburban and inner city trains in Paris.

(In peak hour. What was I thinking?)

Paris is the reverse reality to the NW Rail project, and if only Premier Baird or Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian could mix it in the morning rush in this city they might stop or somehow mitigate the terrible consequences of the current plan.

That plan is to put narrow single decker standing room trains on outer city runs where Paris puts double deckers with lots of seats for longer range commuters.

The plan envisages a future harbour crossing with tunnels similarly too narrow for anything else to use other than these uniquely configured train sets and perhaps vandalise the existing heavy rail Epping to Chatswood line to render it a single deck line in future by altering the platforms to make them unusable by the double deckers current travellers like, and those in the great North West expected.

Paris in peak hour ought to tell Transport for NSW that it will become an international object of ridicule if it goes ahead with the intended ideologically driven catastrophe.

This planning calamity has been discussed in the past on Plane Talking, and the insights then offered by insiders in the department should be considered very carefully.

On any morning in Paris you will find choc-a-block single deck mainly standing room trains doing a major lift over short distances, which is what those who may have arrived from destinations the equivalent of the central coast, or the suburbs on the forthcoming NW rail link might expect if they needed to move from the heavy rail network stations to complete their commute via a web of more closely spaced metro stations in the inner city area.

Sydney is going to grow a great deal this century, and the task that awaits public transport means that motorway overpasses have to be built in year one to allow an initial four lane road to become anything from an eight to 12 lane road in 50 years time.

That same foresight means new suburban and further out rail links also have to be built with stations and tunnels sized with the future in mind, rather than ignoring it or pretending that The Hills district isn’t for some mysterious reason going to share in Sydney’s future growth.

Transport for NSW has done some great things. The extension of the light rail between Central and Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill  is proof that it can see and deliver on important projects.

Why ruin this, and the fine example being set with further light rail developments or the intercity electric train renewal program?

What NSW politicians would find on say Metro 4 in Paris at peak hour is what they are visiting in maybe 20 to 30 years time on the people of North Western Sydney.

They will never be forgiven for such stupidity.

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