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28/3/17

Press Release: The Greens

 

Abigail Boyd

Trains, Bikes and Automobiles: Greens Plans for Better Transport

 

Greens candidate for the Gosford by-election, Abigail Boyd, wonders why the state government is knocking down homes for tollroads in Sydney and tunnelling for roads which will be full as soon as they open, when 40,000 Coasties a day sit on trains which are as slow as steam trains 100 years ago.

We have seen successive governments push serious investment in rail infrastructure to one side in favour of pumping billions into toll roads that provide only a short-term solution at massive benefit to private operators and to the huge detriment of our communities and our environment,” says Abigail Boyd.

The Greens are working with engineers to develop plans to use tunnels on the Cowan rise, modern tilt trains and smart timetabling to potentially reduce the train commute from Gosford to Central by half.

A tilting train is a train with a mechanism that enables increased speed on regular rail tracks. As a normal train rounds a curve, objects inside the train experience inertia which causes seated passengers and items to slide about and standing passengers to lose their balance. Tilting trains are designed to counteract this by tilting to the left when the train curves to the left and tilting to the right when the train curves to the right. 

“Quicker and more efficient trains to and from the Central Coast will create more job options, increase tourism and attract new businesses to the Coast.” says Abigail Boyd

But the train commute, even if it is faster, and even if it has wifi and powerpoints in every carriage, is still only part of the commuter jigsaw.

Abigail Boyd says “Roads are a vital part of our community – they are the arteries that take us to and from the heart that is our homes. But building more and bigger roads will only ever be a short-term solution to the cars clogging up these vital arteries.

“What we need is long-term transport infrastructure investment – faster trains, more efficient bus networks and intelligent road design that encourages people to leave their cars at home for shorter trips, in favour of walking or cycling instead.

“Our top priority is forward-thinking long-term planning for our region. That means planning for sustainable, liveable, healthy communities. The State government wants 70,000 extra people to live on the Coast in the next 20 years, but fails to make the necessary commitment to invest in our transport infrastructure.”

 

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