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SYDNEY'S train system is a global laughing stock, with performance levels hopelessly below every major city from Europe to South America, according to a damning independent report buried by CityRail.

Rail experts from Hong Kong were paid by CityRail to compare Sydney with metro systems around the world for efficiency, cost effectiveness, reliability and maintenance.

They found that Sydney lags behind every city on every key indicator – even compared with the rail systems of Santiago in Chile, Bangkok and Moscow.

The results are so embarrassing that, despite having received the report midway through last year, CityRail chief executive Vince Graham still hasn't presented the findings to the RailCorp board or Transport Minister John Watkins.


It's funny what appears around election time. Anyhow, this should silence all those people who think they have worse train system than Sydney.


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Mar. 21st, 2007 07:07 am (UTC)
While I've never been to Sydney, I can vouch for the rail system up in Bangkok. Bangkok has around 12-15 million inhabitants. The rail systems that I saw in the city were always heavily used. In spite of the sheer numbers involved, the stations and trains were meticulously clean and orderly. People weren't into lining up for the trains, but they were civil about allowing people to get in and out of the trains -- ie. they crowded together a lot, but they weren't pushing and shoving. Commuters in general were well-behaved. I have never seen commuters so willing to offer their seats to the elderly, or ones who would readily stand at attention every time the national anthem played. Trains were on time. The cost of travelling by metro rail was very reasonable, even when we take into account the differences in currency.
Mar. 21st, 2007 11:05 am (UTC)
sydney's trains are expensive and packed. i've seen people give up their seats, but, and in general i guess they're not so bad, though i cannot count the amount of times i've come across vomit--or someone puking in the train. day or night, makes no dif.
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Mar. 21st, 2007 11:13 am (UTC)
i don't get why people want to drive 4WD. it's huge! i like small, nice, polite, easy to drive cars.
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Mar. 21st, 2007 01:48 pm (UTC)
i just figure everyone buys into that myth of them being safer. there's heaps round where i live--in fact, there's heaps everywhere.
Mar. 21st, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
I was really impressed when I was there, but then I didn't commute daily as I mostly walked from Kings Cross to the city.

London's is a shambles. It costs me £94 (multiply that by 2.5 to 3 I think for current exchange rate) per *week* to get in, and it is nearly always cancelled *all day* on Saturday and Sunday for engineering works.
Mar. 21st, 2007 11:15 am (UTC)
public transport around the city, especially buses, are pretty good. it's when you leave that centre that everything... changes. things like: trains running all stops to the end of the line have five carriages. where trains running four stops have eight. for example.

and track work... fuck, man, don't get me started.
Mar. 21st, 2007 03:21 pm (UTC)

That sounds like a people problem.

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