Despite decentralisation and growth further afield, Businesses, Government and the wider populace will continue to come to the Sydney CBD.
Ever since 1788, the centre of activity has been in Sydney.
Sydney is littered with retail businesses now consigned to the history books.
Names such as Bebarfalds, Waltons, Anthony Horderns, Grace Bros, Gowings, Mark Foys, Bon Marche, Farmers and Marcus Clarke are some that served to remind us just how the CBD has played a part in the life of Sydney and New South Wales.
No doubt with the advent of universal car ownership and suburban shopping centres that shopping patterns have changed. However, there is still a certain ‘magic’ of going to ‘town’.
Retail Expansion With The Railway
In 1927, retail department store David Jones opened a new multi-storey Department Store on Elizabeth Street when the City Underground Railway opened at St. James in 1926.
Railways radiate into the Sydney CBD. Currently, the City Circle line is running at capacity.
Future ability to expand our existing Railways depends on new lines for the CBD.
When the Railway from Sydney to Parramatta was opened in 1855, the city planners knew that the Railway would have to go into the city. Initially the Railway terminated at what we now call Redfern.
Tramways came in 1861 and went in 1961. The replacement by buses was supposed to be the answer to all our problems.
In 1926, the City underground Railway opened. The City Circle line was completed in 1956. Even in 1932, when the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened, there were four railway tracks of which two remain and two became Tram lines and were removed in 1958.
Of the two tracks that were used by the Tramways these were to form part of a Railway to the Northern Beaches.
With the City Circle lines at capacity, there is a need to construct a new CBD line so future demand is met and the expansion of the Railways can proceed. Suburban Railway expansion requires lines to connect to from somewhere and join an existing system. Isolated lines or Driverless lines will only remain disjointed and not solve the problems as intended.
After all these are YOUR RAILWAYS: OUR FUTURE
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