MEDIA RELEASE / NEWSLETTER / NO. 2 / August '87 / ISSN 0155-8234


Goninan's at Newcastle have recently completed a mock-up of a carriage from the TANGARA train, the first of which is due to come into service next year. Several APT representatives inspected the mock-up and report that, while some aspects of design eg. external appearance are very striking, the design apparently does not consider passengers' comfort and convenience on several points, including:

We hope the SRA will continue to seek the opinions of commuter organisations and the GENERAL PUBLIC on the best possible design for Tangara trains before they go into mass-production. Meanwhile, plans for HPTs (High Performance Trains) for country e services (not to he confused with the VFT ~ Very Fast Train ~ proposed between Sydney and Melbourne, which will be reported on in a later Newsletter) remain shrouded in doubt and mystery. Opposition Transport spokesman Bruce Baird recently claimed that the Government was preparing to cancel the whole project (SMH, 4/7/87) owing to funding constraints imposed by the Federal Government, while the SRA has come under criticism for its very limited plans for accommodation to be included in the trains:


Now that the Department of Main Roads and NRMA have provided and distributed a report promising (threatening?) us with a whole new network of roads by the year 2000, the SRA is getting into the act. They have asked the Commuter Council to provide "a submission indicating what services and facilities commuters would like to see provided in the year 2000". APT is preparing a submission and we would like to have the suggestions of as many as possible of our members. Send your comments to Box K606, Haymarket 2000 or direct to the State Rail Authority, G.P.O. Box 29, Sydney 200l.



The N.S.W. Department of Environment & Planning (DEP) has suffered a defeat at the hands of the DMR and Mr Brereton for having dared to reject the Harbour Tunnel because it is opposed to transport planning principles. The DEP's good work is continuing, however, with the Centres Policy now being circulated in draft form. This aims to concentrate office and commercial development in two regional and 16 subregional centres throughout the Sydney Region. All but one (Brookvale) are on the rail network. The benefits of concentration apparent to APT include:

The DEP has ruled out major extensions to the rail network as part of metropolitan development, saying "the demand isn't there" - which overlooks the fact that high-quality rail access can attract enough development to a centre to increase demand. Lack of interest by SRA management in building extensions has probably influenced the DEP. The new centre for the Rouse Hill release area, planned at Mungerie Park in north-western Sydney, will have only road-based public transport. Altogether, though, the Centres Policy is a commendable plan to influence our transport development along rational lines. We look forward to its implementation, which may be assisted by the likely continuing restraint on road spending.


Availability of clear, concise, correct information is essential for any transport service to win and retain passengers: We have frequently commented on the poor state of information available to users of Sydney's public transport system. How do long-distance services compare?

By contrast, the Western European rail systems have summer and winter timetables, each known well in advance including the dates effective (of course all systems change over simultaneously, with the beginning
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