Monorail going cheap

There is a move in Sydney, which is undergoing a major tourism infrastructure upgrade programme, to tear down their monorail:

The state’s top infrastructure advisers are encouraging developers planning Sydney’s new convention centre precinct to tear down the much-maligned monorail.

Infrastructure NSW is drafting plans to redevelop the Darling Harbour Convention Centre in partnership with one of three consortiums on a shortlist for the multimillion-dollar building contract.

A final tender round will be released in March but senior government sources say the organisation is happy to see the monorail’s ageing infrastructure removed if it is missing from the design of the winning bidder.

The chairman of Infrastructure NSW, Nick Greiner, who inherited the monorail when he was elected premier in 1988, and its chief executive, Paul Broad, have told those around them they expect the monorail to be pulled down.

The Herald has been told that bidders regard the 3.6-kilometre circuit as a constraint on the scope of the redevelopment.

A source from one consortium said no decision had been made ”but the word from the government is ‘don’t let the monorail constrain your thinking”’.

Shhh…no one tell Len Brown that a monorail could be available real cheap at knock down prices, and it is just the thing he would think Auckland needs. I might have to nickname him Len “Lyle Lanely” Brown otherwise.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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