10th June 2016
The Southern Courier
I heard Labor’s Matt Thistlethwaite indicate at this week’s meet the candidate forum in the Sands Hotel that he too has swallowed the luddite argument that a combined light rail and bus system will somehow carry less passengers than our current bus only system.
Recently the SMH had to publish a grovelling retraction after impetuously printing that the CSELR light rail project will have less capacity than the buses it replaces. Maybe someone asked their editors why they thought that Sydney was going to have the world first experience of rail based transport underperforming rubber wheel based transport.
As a Green I salute Mr Thisthlethwaite’s anger at the loss of the trees but that’s no justification for turning accepted public transport theory on its head.
I urge Mr Thistlethwaite to instead focus on finding federal based ways of stopping the WestConnex motorway that will choke Kensington and Kingsford with cars and the Coalitions so-called “biodiversity” bill that will allow the ripping up of remnant bushland across Sydney and rural NSW.
Greens Councillor Murray Matson