Shhh, don’t tell Len

The Telegraph

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.


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  • johnbronkhorst

    At $20-80 million per Km, depending who’s numbers you use and how much property you have to buy and where. (just for the track, no stations inthat price and no trains). Life of about 20 years. Maintenance not included, staff and operating costs not included….. All up 20Km of track could be $1.6 billion and maybe double that for costs over 20 years, ie say $3 billion or $150 million / year. $150 per citizen of Auckland per year. or $411 000 per day, @ 1/2 hour per trip 48 possible trips per day. $8550 per trip, 6 carrages? 30 per carrage so $47 per ticket to pay for itself if it runs 24/7 for 20 years….YEAH that’ll work eh Len?..socialist idiot! Auckland can have it, IF Auckland pays for it’s own toys!!!!

    • ConwayCaptain

      A socialist will spend other peoples money until it runs out.

      Loopy will try and do that but with the Govt cracking down on rates increases Loopy’s Choo Choo Train set may not even get off the ground.

  • Gazzaw

    Sydneysiders will be delighted with this development. This eyesore has been a blight on the cityscape for over 20 years.

  • Dr Wang

    Don’t tell Len alright – he’ll probably see it as a bargain opportunity, he’ll think: “I can buy all the hardware at second-hand prices”…duh!

  • Steve (North Shore)

    If the Sydney Monorail is so good and at a good price maybe Len can do a swap with our Harbour Bridge, it has alway been for sale to suckers

  • motorizer

    we really liked that mono rail.

  • Anonomis

    The Mayor of Wellington has her own delusions of grandeur with light rail. The cost per km could range from $12m to $141m. In her election campaign, she estimated that light rail from railway station to the airport would cost about $400m.

    Show us the money, Celia! 

  • Buffalobob nz

    Len never said he wants a fucking Monorail… Where did trump up a monorail from?

    • Steve (North Shore)

      That’s right, Len does not want a ‘mono’ rail. Mono = 1
      Len wants more than one, he wants rail on the North Shore for fucks sake

  • Bawaugh

    With the closure anounced it is now possible that there may be a last minute spike in passenger numbers before closure. No harm in that.

    If it’s fans want it saved then they should start using it now and make an example of how valuble it is. This worked with the Overlander train – and it actually started making money again.

    But if hey if people do not use it then it is a white elephant. I read that tickets are pricey about $5 for a trip of 150 metres.

    It is a bit like the Shanghai maglev really cool, really nice and as much as I liked it it was nothing less than a big white elephant. It did not even go into the central city.