STAPLES & GLAZEBROOK TRIED TO RETRO-JUSTIFY METROS IN EARLY-2018 - HERE IS THE REBUTTAL OF THAT TIME
Here is a tale of woe to help you to understand how bad things have become:
Rebutting Staples & Glazebrook: Legitimising Sydney’s planning through better governance and smarter ideas
The Sydney Morning Herald has had a schizophrenic relationship with Metros for 11 years, starting with a varying commitment to Rod Christie and his balanced rail/metro/tram attitude and his main commitment to the State’s most important built heritage, the Bradfield-era heavy rail network.
From a change in personnel and the rise of Gladys Berejiklian, its central characters switched to hero worship and exclusion of all criticism, except for a crack here and there, every year or so.
The Herald has run two foolish op-eds in a week and its management refused to publish a professional rebuttal by one of the State’s most eminent transport planners. Then its transport reporter fails to mention Christie when talking with Rodd Staples about rail system troubles and says only that “the metro project has its share of critics” (“No quick fix to Sydney’s train woes” on 14 Feb).
That project comprises the most profound and damaging series of blunders which the Herald has refused to expose. It wastes the windfall of privatisation and will worsen congestion and the housing crisis.The CityRail reform issue has been badly managed by Labor from about 2008 and the Coalition from 2011.
Instead of opprobrium settling on Labor, Federal and State Coalition Governments are fused in a path that will be seen in history as being corrupted by lobby influences. That history is being written and once published it cannot be extinguished.
The Secretary of TfNSW, Rodd Staples, asked we stop questioning his strategies in an advertorial entitled “Trains every two minutes …” in the SMH on 8 February. Garry Glazebrook followed up with a sympathetic “Sydney Metro and light rail will allow the city to grow for next 40 years” on 9 February. Neither addressed failed governance which is the “elephant in the room”. I’ll take their assertions in sequence.
The following file of early 2010 addressed errors made in an earlier Staples letter to me. I had worked with that man in Rail Corp when I was commissioned to do a tax/value yield calculation & potential report on the ANZAC Metro which was and is the only prospectively successful transit PPP - now neutered by the tram but still on Berejiklian's revised project list. Oh what a tangled web ....