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Rail crash program for Sydney’s North West: Surface Metro Solutions

This is  my submission to Sydlink’s North West Metro proposal


It contains following chapters:

1. Critique of the proposed NW metro
2. Oil supply situation
3. What global warming means for society’s car dreams
4. Objectives to rescue Sydney’s functionality
5. Proposal for a surface metro


(1) Surface metro (light rail) CBD – Top Ryde – West Ryde

(2) Rail line Epping – Quakers Hill running on M2 and M7 (Transperth model)

(3) Light rail Norwest Business Park – Castle Hill – Pennant Hills

This proposal was also sent to the NSW Transport Minister, the Councils of Sydney, Canada Bay, Ryde, Parramatta and Baulkham Hills, the Metropolitan Strategy team, the NSW Planning department, the RTA and the Member for Bennelong.

On 22/5/2008 I handed over a hard copy of the above submission to the Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in front of the ABC TV studio in Ultimo after the Q&A show

Please note this paper contains the slide shown by ex Saudi Aramco Chief Sadad-al-Husseini at the Oil & Money Conference in London, October 2007, in which he crossed out 300 Gb of  OPEC reserves and reclassified them as less usable resources.

My paper was taken by one of Kevin’s staff and never looked at.  Two weeks later the PM embarrassed himself:

“Australia’s prime minister urged G8 nations on Sunday to “apply the blow-torch” to the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and force the world’s top crude-oil producers to increase production.”

In January 2008, even President Bush had understood the situation:

“If they don’t have a lot of additional oil to put on the market, it is hard to ask somebody to do something they may not be able to do.”

What can you say more?

The submission can be downloaded here as PDF file: [download id="23"]

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