Let’s hope Len Brown isn’t reading the Aussie papers about Sydney dismantling their monorail:
SYDNEY monorail will be torn down after the State Government bought it for $19.8 million.
It’s been slammed as ugly, intrusive and revealed to be one of the most expensive public transport systems in the world.
The NSW Government has purchased the company that owns it, Metro Transport Sydney, announcing this morning it will remove the monorail to fit a new convention centre at Darling Harbour.
It will be torn down “as soon as feasible” .
Premier Barry O’Farrell said today that the monorail had never been “truly embraced by the community”.
“This is good news for Sydney it delivers certainty for business wanting to invest in the Darling Harbour precinct and allows the efficient development of the light rail network,” Premier Barry O’Farrell said.
“The monorail is not integrated with Sydney’s wider public transport network and has never been truly embraced by the community.
“While it has been a controversial part of Sydney’s history for more than 20 years, the monorail is reaching the end of its economic life and the NSW Government cannot justify costly upgrades like the purchase of new vehicles required to keep it running.
I can see Conor Roberts now warming up his vocal cords for a few resounding renditions of the Monorail Song.