Transport Plan 2010

I got a letter in today's Herald about my lack of faith in the delivery of this North-West metro the NSW government is promising. The bit they chopped off was: You'd be hard pressed to find Action for Transport 2010 on any NSW government web site. Now why do you think that might be?

Thanks to the legends at the National Library of Australia, I've managed to find it. That's right, you can see Action for Transport 2010 in all its undelivered glory.

A quick run through press release confirms what I said.

AIRPORT RAIL LINK
Opened on time, but due to exorbitant prices, patronage has been well down. If you live anywhere in the inner West, it's much faster and cheaper to catch a cab.
BONDI BEACH RAIL LINK
Killed. Bondi NIMBYs didn't want bogans from the Western Suburbs competing for space with Eastern Suburbs bogans, plus the important point that it was going to be a privatised railway, with associated huge ticket increases
PARRAMATTA RAIL LINK
Only got halfway, Chatswood to Epping, which completely defeated the purpose of allowing passengers from the Western Suburbs to get to major trip generators like Macquarie University and the growing North Ryde technology parks.
EPPING TO CASTLE HILL LINE
Never built. This new promised metro effectively re-announces it, but work won't start until 2010 which according to this press release was when it would be open.
HURSTVILLE TO STRATHFIELD RAIL LINK
Sunk without trace.
LIVERPOOL 'Y' LINK
Never heard of again.
LIVERPOOL TO PARRAMATTA TRANSITWAY
Built. But just remember, this is a glorified bus lane.
BLACKTOWN - WETHERILL PARK TRANSITWAY
Still on the drawing board, despite the touted 2006 opening date.
PARRAMATTA - BLACKTOWN TRANSITWAY
Still on the drawing board, despite the touted 2004 opening date
BLACKTOWN - CASTLE HILL TRANSITWAY
Still on the drawing board, despite the touted 2009 opening date
PARRAMATTA - ROUSE HILL (MUNGERIE PARK) TRANSITWAY
Opened in March 2007, which is actually ahead of the schedule they set
PARRAMATTA - STRATHFIELD TRANSITWAY
Still on the drawing board, despite the touted 2002 opening date
PENRITH TO ST MARYS TRANSITWAY
Still on the drawing board, despite the touted 2008 opening date
EASTERN DISTRIBUTOR
Built.
M5 EAST
Built.
WESTERN SYDNEY ORBITAL
Built.
M2 TO GORE HILL
Built.
METROAD 7 (CUMBERLAND HIGHWAY)
Built.
CROSS CITY TUNNEL
Built, gona broke.
PARRAMATTA ROAD
Built, still a nightmare road.
PRINCES HIGHWAY
Built, still a nightmare road.
VICTORIA ROAD
Built, still congested.
MILITARY ROAD
Partially built
TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT
Built. Didn't help congestion.

So do you see the pattern? All the road projects got built. A couple of the public transport project got built, partically, and mostly with private money.