Light Rail Testing Starting Soon

With work finally complete along the Alison Road section of the CBD and South East light rail, testing will soon commence. The first tram is expected out of the Randwick yard on 22 February.

It has been confirmed that Trams will be operating next week between the corner of Alison Road and Wansey Road and Anzac Parade and Lang Road. It is important to note that the overhead wires in this section are now live. They are at a high of 4.6m and therefore have a low clearance level. Please be careful when driving around the area.

Photos courtesy of Sydney Light Rail

New Qantas 787 Indigenous Livery & other Aviation News

Qantas has revealed the design of the indigenous livery that will be going on their fourth Boeing 787-9 VH-ZND. The aircraft has been named “, Emily Kame Kngwarreye” and the livery is based off her 1991 artwork Yam Dreaming. The aircraft will fly direct for approximately 15 hours from the Boeing factory in Seattle to touch down in Alice Springs on 2 March 2018 where it will be welcomed by Emily’s family.

Qantas have confirmed that they have let one of their 787 options expire, as they do not believe it is necessary to take it up. They do however intend to take up a number of their other options later this year,

Qantas has now also provided an updated 787 schedule and network, seen below

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Airbus has been on tour this month with its brand new A350-1000 aircraft. It visited Sydney to try and convince Qantas that the A350 family is the future of their fleet. It is one of the few upcoming aircraft that can possibly fly Sydney to London or New York direct. It also visited the Singapore Airshow and Auckland amongst many other Australasian cities.


Many airlines worldwide have had to ground much of their 787 fleets due to faults in the planes Rolls Royce engines. Nearly 50 planes, including 5 from Air New Zealand have been removed from service since the start of the year due to premature fatigue in the engine fan blades. All affected engines will have to be replaced. This means that many flights have been replaced by older leased planes. Air New Zealand and Virgin Atlantic have both hired old A340 aircraft to keep their schedules running whilst the planes are out of service.

Photos courtesy of Qantas and Australian Aviation Magazine

Sydney Bus Privatisation – Region 6 Contract Awarded


One of the Transport Industries worst kept secrets was today confirmed by Transport Minister Andrew “Liar McLiarFace” Constance – Bus services in Region 6  have been award to Transit Systems Sydney.

Transit Systems will replace STA as the operator of Region 6 (Inner West) bus services on 1 July 2018. All Award staff will be offered jobs with Transit Systems with an 18-month employment guarantee.

During the announcement the Minister alluded to many possible improvements that could potentially be made by the new operator;

  • On Demand bus service in Burwood, Canada Bay and Concord areas.
  • 270 extra weekly services in 2018 on three routes
    • 423 Kingsgrove to City Martin Place via Newtown
    • 461 Burwood to City Domain via Parramatta Road
    • 504 Chiswick to City Domain via Victoria Road
  • 4.8 million extra service kilometres by 2021
  • Electric buses introduced to fleet

The RBTU has refuted claims that the new operator will deliver better services, instead claiming that there will be less services and less stops along routes.


Featured Bus Route – February 2018


This month for our featured bus route we step away from the STA and back into the realm of private operators.

Route 887 between Campbelltown and Wollongong via Macarthur, Appin, University of Wollongong and North Wollongong is operated by Busabout. During School Holidays, selected morning services towards Wollongong and afternoon services towards Campbelltown divert via Wollongong Beach.

Initially a commuter run with just a few peak hour services in each direction, the 887 has become very popular with not only workers but Uni Students and day trippers. For years this surge in patronage was ignored despite constant pressure from Local MPs, UOW and the Local Media. There were just five weekday services and two weekend services all of which suffered from chronic overcrowding, until the service was finally upgraded in November 2017.

Today the service runs hourly between 6am and 8pm on weekdays, with a half hourly service during peak hours. It runs every two hours between 9am and 5pm on weekend. There are sporadic extra trips that only operate between Campbelltown and Appin, particularly during peak hour and on weekend. The service no longer suffers from overcrowding but still remains extremely popular,