Where Can You Fly? – A380

In today’s edition of Where Can You Fly?, we will be looking at all the different places you can fly from Sydney on the A380.

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There are 14 different places that you can fly to on the A380 out of Sydney. This includes services on 9 different airlines. Asiana, China Southern, Emirates, Etihad, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar and Singapore Airlines all bring their A380s to Sydney.

The inaugural passenger service of the A380 was operated by Singapore Airlines and touched down in Sydney on 27 October 2007 from Singapore becoming the world’s first A380 route. Since then, Sydney has grown to become one of the largest A380 hubs in the world. It is home to the base of 8 Qantas A380s, a major focus city for Emirates A380s and has more airlines using A380s than any other airport.

Where you can fly on the A380;

  • Abu Dhabi – Etihad
  • Auckland – Emirates
  • Bangkok – Emirates
  • Christchurch – Emirates
  • Dallas Fort Worth – Qantas
  • Doha – Qatar
  • Duabi – Emirates
  • Guangzhou – China Southern
  • Hong Kong – Qantas
  • Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia Airlines
  • London – Qantas (via Singapore)
  • Los Angeles – Qantas
  • Seoul – Asiana, Korean Air
  • Singapore – Qantas, Singapore Airlines

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Metrobus March – M54

Route M54 operates between Parramatta and Macquarie Park via Macquarie University, Epping, Carlingford and North Parramatta. It commenced operation on 10 October 2010.

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It largely replaced route 548, which ran a similar route between Parramatta and Epping prior to October 2010. In the 2013 “Sydney’s Bus Future” report, the M61 was designated as a rapid route, with priority to be given in terms of bus priority infrastructure and timetable upgrades.

Due to high levels of patronage andcustomer demand, the routes operating hours were extended to midnight on Friday and Saturday nights as part of a trial in early 2016. As of 5 June 2016, services operate to midnight daily. From May 2018, the service will operate 24 hours, 7 days a week.

The M54 runs every 10 minutes during peak periods, 15 minutes during off-peak weekday periods, and 20 minutes on weekends. It operates between 6am and Midnight daily. It is operated by a fleet of both 12.5m and  articulated “bendy” buses from Ryde depot.

Unpopular Fixed Seating for New Intercity Trains

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The troubled project to introduce new $2.3 billion intercity trains to Sydney’s rail network has recently  been further criticised due to the decision to install fixed rather than reversible seating.

The two-by-two fixed seats on the new train will mean that half of all passenger will travel backwards. It is understood that at each end and in the middle of the carriage, four seats will be placed together in a group, whilst all other seats would be in fixed twos, half forwards and half backwards.

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This decision was made  despite government documents showing an overwhelming preference for reversible seating over fixed seating. There is a perception that this change is a backwards step.

The reason for this decisions is that there is no proven design solution for reversible seating that meets safety requirements. That lack of design would place the timeline for the delivery of the new trains “at risk”.

The transport agency said the new intercity trains had been designed with passenger comfort in mind. “We’ve asked customers what they value and incorporated much of this feedback into the design, including two-by-two seating with wider seats, arm rests and wider aisles, as well as amenities like tray tables and charging outlets for mobile devices,” a spokesman said.

 Labor’s transport spokeswoman, Jodi McKay, said travelling backwards was “just not an option” for passengers who suffered motion sickness. “The journey for some intercity passengers can be up to three hours – that’s a long time to sit backwards or be forced to stand,’

The first of the new trains will begin services late next year to the Central Coast and Newcastle. The government expects the new trains to begin running on the Blue Mountains Line to Mount Victoria in mid-2020, followed by Lithgow about four months later. After that, the trains will start carrying passengers on the South Coast Line to Wollongong and Kiama.

Metrobus March – M52

Route M52 operates limited stops between Parramatta and City Circular Quay via Rydalmere, Top Ryde, Drummoyne and Rozelle. It began operation on 8 August 2010.

Route M52 served as a replacement for Route L20, which operated a similar route between July 200 and August 2010. In 2004, the Unsworth report identified the corridor was key high frequency corridor. In the 2013 “Sydney’s Bus Future” report, the M61 was designated as a rapid route, with priority to be given in terms of bus priority infrastructure and timetable upgrades.

Outside of the Metrobus operating hours, services are available on the all stops overnight Route 520. Originally the M52 operated along George Street in the CBD. Due to CSELR construction, from October 2015 it instead operated along Elizabeth Street.

The M52 runs every 5 minutes during peak periods, 10 minutes during off-peak weekday periods, and 15 minutes on weekends. It operates between 6am and 8pm daily. It is operated by a mix of 12.5m and articulated “bendy” buses from Ryde depot.

 

New Regional Coach Links

NSW TrainLink plans to trial new coach connections to better connect regional communities. Each trial aims to provide new connections for regional communities, whether it be for commuters, people attending medical or business appointments, shopping trips, recreational activities or to catch up with family and friends.

These services will provide new links between:

  • Tamworth and Newcastle
  • Tamworth and Dubbo
  • Tamworth and Port Macquarie
  • Wagga Wagga and Albury
  • Goulburn and Sydney
  • Goulburn and Canberra

The trial of the new connections between Tamworth and Newcastle, Dubbo and Port Macquarie started on March 12 2018.

NSW TrainLink is currently seeking feedback on the proposed trials between Wagga Wagga and Albury, Goulburn and Sydney and between Goulburn and Canberra here.

 

Contactless Payment expanded to all Sydney Ferries, Light Rail

From Today you can pay your fare on any Sydney Ferries or light rail service using a contactless card.

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This service has been trialled on the F1 Manly Ferry line and deemed to be a success, with the service being popular amongst tourists and one-off travellers.

You can tap on and tap off at an Opal card reader to pay your fare using most American Express, Mastercard and Visa cards, plus mobile wallets on smartphones, tablets and watches. Fares are the same as an Adult Opal single trip ticket.

You can only use your card or device to tap on for one fare per trip. You cannot pass the card back to someone else to pay a second fare.

Contactless payment will be available at 57 destinations across Sydney including any popular tourist destinations such as Circular Quay, Darling Harbour, Manly, Star Casino and Taronga Zoo.

 

Metrobus March – M50

Route M50 operates between Drummoyne and Coogee via Rozelle, Sydney CBD, Moore Park and Randwick. It commenced on 31 October 2010.

Route M50 was originally intended to run between Drummoyne and Randwick, however a suitable layover space in Randwick could not be found. This lead to the route being extended to Coogee before it commenced as there was plentiful layover space. Prior to March 2017, the route ran along Anzac Parade and High Street via UNSW. Due to CSELR construction, the service was rerouted via Alison Road and through Belmore Road in Randwick Junction. This rerouting has lead to a significant decline in patronage, as UNSW was the most major patronage generator along the route.

The M50 runs every 10 minutes during peak periods, 15 minutes during off-peak weekday periods, and 20 minutes on weekends. It operates between 6am and 8pm daily. It is operated by a fleet of articulated “bendy” buses from both Leichhardt and Randwick depots.

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Metrobus March – M41

Route M41 operates between Hurstville and Macquarie Park via Campsie, Burwood, Rhodes and Top Ryde. It was the ninth Metrobus Route to start operation. Services began on 19 December 2010.

In the 2013 “Sydney’s Bus Future” report, the M41 was designated as a rapid route, with priority to be given in terms of bus priority infrastructure and timetable upgrades.

The M41 runs every 10 minutes during peak periods, 15 minutes during off-peak weekday periods, and 20 minutes on weekends. It operates between 6am and 8pm daily.

The M41 is operated by a dedicated fleet of Volvo B12B buses with Custom Coaches CB60 from Burwood depot.

Metrobus March – M40

Route M40 is a Metrobus route between Bondi Junction and Chatswood via Taylor Square, Sydney CBD and Willougbhy. It commenced operation on 18 July 2010.

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The M40 runs every 10 minutes during peak periods, 15 minutes during off-peak weekday periods, and 20 minutes on weekends. It operates between 6am and 8pm daily.

The M40 usually operates using articulated “bendy” buses from North Sydney, Waverley and Willoughby depot. These buses are sometimes substituted by 12.5m buses.

 

Sydney Trains “Unworkable Timetable” to be modified from Monday 12 March

The new train timetable that introduced 1500 extra services back in November, is best known for having pushed the network past its limits and into meltdown multiple times.

It has now been revealed that new timetables are being introduced on many lines on 12 March that will roll back some of the extra services and undo some controversial changes.

We can confirm the following changes;

  • T1 North Shore line services between Hornsby and Berorwa before 6am and after 10pm CANCELLED
  • T3 Bankstown line Liverpool express services after 8pm CANCELLED
  • T5 Cumberland line services between Quakers Hill and Richmond and between Liverpool and Leppington on weekend CANCELLED
  • T6 Carlingford line services reduced in frequency on weekends from 30 minutes to 45 minutes
  • Redfern returns as a stop on Blue Mountains Line and will be added on three morning and three afternoon peak services:
    • 05:44 Mount Victoria to Central
    • 06:14 Mount Victoria to Central
    • 06:45 Mount Victoria to Central
    • 16:33 Central to Katoomba
    • 17:03 Central to Katoomba
    • 17:33 Central to Katoomba

The government is insisting that this is a minor timetable tweak and that the services being cut were only carrying fresh air. However it is understood that the real reason is that the timetable has failed and that there are simply not enough trains or drivers to operate all the services required under the timetable. It is hoped that this new timetable will improve reliability and end the woes that the November timetable brought.