OK I see the Rod Hook playbook is still in use.
The North Terrace works have caused the removal of two lanes of traffic for half of North Terrace.
Just in time for Christmas, retail and pageant events.
These changes are permanent from now on, but how long will it be before an actual useful service will be there?
Will it be used for
Entertainment centre to Botanic gardens services?
Glenelg to old RAH site?
Festival theatre to Old RAH shuttles?
New to old RAH historical tours?
The King William extension ( not able to be used in traffic) will be done during the holiday period. Does this mean during big bash games, boxing day sales period, New Years celebrations, Tour Down Under, Australia Day cricket games?
Will not be ready for any summer events, will be subject to summer heat restrictions. Will not be available for festival of Arts, fringe events, Clipsal etc.
So when is it likely to be open for traffic? Football starts in March.
I still question why we need two short stubs?
Why not build the four way to prepare for the future?
Yes a good place to start !!
What is the hurry to run a short line along North Terrace?
Are the uni students too fit and need a rest getting to uni?
I thought youth are overweight and unfit and could use the exercise getting to uni.
the existing free bus is perfect to get people along the cultural boulevard and many other places around the city and North Adelaide.
Revenue along this part would be ???? NIL????
Sure it may link to Norwood or elsewhere some time in the next 20 years!! ( just like Gawler electrification. )
Now to king William street stub. Festival theatre capacity 2,000 patrons , Adelaide Oval 55,000 patrons.
Which one would you link to first?
So I would suggest using the North Terrace rail to go to at least Adelaide Oval, as that is part of the long term plan.
Then you could transfer passengers to Adelaide rail station, Bowden or
Goodwood for connection to train services. And several bus services as well.
Now I would like to share a few experiences.
Over many years I have attended many VFL, AFL games in Melbourne.
Princes Park, Waverley, MCG, Etihad etc. Have attended model train shows at several venues, Have enjoyed just wandering around Melbourne by tram and train.
In the last 12 months I have attended Adelaide Oval three times ( my mobility is not the best any more. )
Over the years Many events at Elder Park, in the city etc.
Bonython Park Skyshows.
In Melbourne the first intent is to get people moving. From Princes Park tickets are not needed, just get into the CBD and then change , (with a ticket) to your destination, city, metro ,country or interstate. Same applies at the MCG , Jolimont and Richmond stations just move people away.
The trips to Adelaide this year were not pleasant experiences.
The first to a big bash game involved a detoured walk as the normal route was closed, but no work had started, so just put the signs and barriers up and start work next month. A friend went back three weeks later and work had not started!!!! I had to rest several times in each direction, and there are no seats or refuges on the bridge. Walking back to the station via king William street was not a pleasant experience.
The second involved a train trip from Glanville, on a crowded two car 3100 set. ( Friday night so trains were not augmented as no rollingstock available (no extra stock cause the jumbos had been sent prematurely to scrap))
Third trip went by bus as it was too painful to walk to the station.
Got there easy, stopped across the road, got told off by a copper for not walking down to the traffic lights.
Coming home had to walk almost up to the festival centre for my bus, which went express past the oval.
If buses had loaded in sequence at the oval it would be much easier for disabled, ( or oldies like me,) to walk a lot less in dark uneven conditions.
Over the years I remember being left at Bowden as overloaded trains went past, and being forced to walk all the way to Adelaide. no temporary platforms ever in the parklands, express trains past North Adelaide, Bowden, Mile End. What about temporary platforms on the gaol loop and insert one turnout back to the system for southern trains?
And with the current disruptions to outer harbour and grange trains.
Why not run outer harbour to Woodville as per normal, then use the up track to croydon as single line working.
Grange trains to Woodville as per normal then use the down track to Croydon single line.
Trains could be run empty to Dry Creek via the Rosewater loop except for the fact that apparently one turnout was removed so no broad gauge movements are possible to Port dock, anywhere in the Port, and no broad gauge trains can travel from the museum to the north, ( Barossa, Burra, Balaclava. )
If the Rosewater loop was retained you could easily have broad gauge services to the Barossa Valley which would make the new metro track to port Adelaide more likely to actually have some passengers on it. The Barossa wine train could be restarted to employ a few south Australian jobs, and if there were to be a problem at the Torrens Junction duck pond ( I mean the new underpass so close to the River Torrens floodplain and the choke point next to the brewery!!!!!)
Yes this was a long post, but there seem to be so many weaknesses in what is being planned I wonder what the future holds.
I remember talking with a railway employee once.
The railways used to serve the public , but nowadays they run trains to suit the railways , not the public.
Was he correct???