Local Submission on the CBD to South East Light Rail Environmental Impact Statement from the Randwick-Botany Greens

The full Randwick-Botany Greens submission to
the EIS for the CBD to South East Light Rail (CSELR) is available here.

High Cross Park

Randwick Council trees could be saved by moving parts of the CSELR around – such as the High Cross Park interchange west along High Street.

The local Greens generally support the CSELR but have called for route realignments and operating adjustments that would ameliorate the excessive loss of trees, street parking and the open space of High Cross Park.

A strong call is made for the integration with an Anzac Parade dedicated bike path and for the provision of bike/light rail interfaces.

It is suggested that the sites for the two bus/light rail interfaces and the site for the stabling yards should be moved.

A hybrid bus/light rail approach is suggested for Anzac Parade to provide frequent bus stops for short journeys set independently of the proposed light rail stops. Express bus services are called on to be retained.

The Randwick-Botany Greens call for separating the justification for the CSELR from the concurrent UAP process. Light rail should only be returned to Randwick to service the new dwelling targets previously set for the Council by the previous Labor government rather than flagged increases under the Urban Activation Precinct (UAP) agenda.

The Randwick-Botany Greens do not support recent calls made for the replacement of the CSELR with heavy rail stations and are concerned over their relationship to the two proposed UAP.

Light rail using existing road surfaces is preferable to the instillation of heavy rail in the Randwick Council area for the following reasons:

  • It has minimal environmental impact and is vastly superior to road traffic emissions;
  • It is cost effective;
  • It is politically attainable in the medium term;
  • It avoids community resentment of intrusive vibrations from tunnelling activity and fears of potential property damage;
  • It is capable of providing a net increased capacity of 5,000 and
  • It minimizes the need for compulsory land acquisition.

 

 

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