The core of my argument is there is this means the new metro format inherits all the legacy inefficiencies of the old format, while ditching the one good thing about it.
But a series of short metro lines from known higher density city destination points and suburbs no doubt will, completely from left field, say Mosman Junction, Cremorne, Neutral Bay - Martin Place, Town Hall, Central, Sydney Uni, RPA, Petersham, Dulwich Hill.
Oh, so we're now back to the metro fetish during the glory days of post-Carr Labor.
Putting aside my belief that the NWRL in its entirety is a giant political stunt that is completely off the mark as a solution for the Hills, the obsession with metros borders on silly. It is simplistic and naive to believe that Sydney's problems will be magically solved by slapping metro around and cutting the ribbon. It's easy to draw lines on a map, and people get excited at the idea of "metro" trains because they're "better" than what we currently have.
I don't agree with the idea for metros as the immediate solution. Certainly, they have their place in the long run, but the harsh reality is that they cannot be used as the immediate finger-snap solution because they cost too much to be built quickly, resulting in a drawn-out process where it's always getting worse before it finally gets better when the great-great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren die of old age.
No, I'm going to reiterate one of my most infamous assertions, and state once again that immediate attention for areas like Mosman and Leichardt should be on the bus network, because that's where a number of current issues lie. These problems can be fixed in a much shorter time frame than the decade or five it takes to build a railway in New South Wales nowadays.
Here's the problem. More often than not, we are picking a solution we want and then shoehorning it into Sydney. Metros are a very good example. Everyone thinks they're hot, and wants them in their 'hood, but is it really the best solution for Sydney? We're not nearly as dense as Singapore or Hong Kong, so we can't go down the route of their models, even though they work brilliantly in their settings. (I should know.)
In short, I believe we're tripping over the present in pursuit of a magical future. Fix what we can fix now - I'm sure that quick but real results carry immense political weight. The current government is squandering its immense political capital on stupid pet projects and half-baked programs, and the NWRL is the centrepiece in this lumbering catastrophe.