A 94-year-old Annerley home hits the market for the first time

first_imgThe Queenslander has VJ walls and high ceilingsTheir granddaughter Eileen Newlove said she often heard stories from her father, Noel, about growing up on Aylesford St. “There’s a shop on Denham St, it used to be a grocery shop, and Dad used come down on his go kart and fly right into the front door — it makes me wonder how many doors my grandparents had to repair,” Mrs Newlove said. “And my Aunty Marjory married a man who was a boarder at the house at one point.“I’ve been told my grandfather said ‘it was about time you married her’ when they wed.“Her married name, Kelso, is still on the front of the house.”The home passed to Mrs Kelso after Mr and Mrs Ramsay passed away.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“I’d spend the odd weekend there (as a child) and there were Christmases there, too,” Mrs Newlove said.“The house was always neat, my aunty was very particular with it, and not a thing was out of place.“She used to make me so nervous that I’d spill my peas and milk on the table. But those weekends there were nice.” The original kitchen in the 1920s QueenslanderWhen Mrs Kelso passed on, the Annerley home went to the Ramsay’s youngest son, Allan.“When I had my children we went up there a few times and I remember the kids playing in backyard with Uncle Allan — he was only about 13 years older than me,” Mrs Newlove said. Mr Ramsay, 75, has now moved into a nursing home and 31 Aylesford St is being sold to pay for his care. “The house is completely original and it is very solid,” Mrs Newlove said. The double gabled Queenslander sits on a 625sq m block and has timber flooring, high ceilings and VJ walls. “I would have liked to keep it in the family but it just wasn’t possible,” Mrs Newlove said. “I’d like to see a family buy it and start their life there and make their own memories.” The home is being marketed by Jamal Naouri from Place Coorparoo and will be auctioned on Saturday, February 4 at 3pm. 31 Aylesford Street, Annerley is on the market for the first timeA 1920s Queenslander in original condition is on the market in Annerley for the first time since it was constructed. Lily and Edwin Ramsay built the three-bedroom house at 31 Aylesford St in 1923, not long after they married. The couple raised their three children, Noel, Marjory and Allan, in the home and lived at the address for the rest of their lives.last_img read more

The biggest block in Brisbane has hit the market with two houses

first_img401 & 401a Church Road Taigum Qld 4018. Picture: Realestate.com.au 401 & 401a Church Road Taigum Qld 4018. Picture: Realestate.com.auONE of the biggest residential blocks in Brisbane has hit the market along with its two houses, tennis court and pool. 401 & 401a Church Road Taigum Qld 4018. Picture: Realestate.com.au“While not the typical 11,900sqm parcel these grounds are very easy to maintain, yet still extremely private. It also lends itself to a prime development opportunity,” was how he described it. 401 & 401a Church Road Taigum Qld 4018. Picture: Realestate.com.auMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoMr Rowland was marketing it as a “rare opportunity” to get into the acreage market with the 11,900sq m block (1.19 hectares) half an hour from the CBD and its second residence currently earning $430 a week in rent. 401 & 401a Church Road Taigum Qld 4018. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe main home has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a remote double garage, spa bath, extensive well-manicured grounds with vegetable garden, salt water inground pool, sauna, flood lit tennis court, three gate access and a 9000 litre water tank. 401 & 401a Church Road Taigum Qld 4018. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe rental property has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, double lockup garage, high cathedral ceilings, large attic storage space, fully fenced child and pet friendly separate garden and a 9,500 litre water tank. Among other large blocks currently on the market was 20 Coriander Place, Forest Lake, a 1.073 hectare site that Chris Foenander of Coronis Forest Lake was marketing as “a blank canvas” 20 minutes to the Brisbane CBD. Another large landholding at 581 Gold Creek Road Brookfield has recently gone under contract. The 1.43 hectare site was being marketed by Ryan Smith of ReMax Profile Real Estate as being “enveloped by the established landscaped grounds”. 401 & 401a Church Road Taigum Qld 4018. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe dual residences at 401 and 401a Church Road in Taigum were a “prime development opportunity” according to listing agents Tristan Rowland and Samantha Foster of Place Aspley, with the owners looking for offers over $1.35 million.last_img read more

Lawyers’ survey finds majority believe Australia in property bubble

first_imgA new survey of conveyancers and lawyers found 60 per cent believed Australia was now in a property bubble.A NEW survey of lawyers and conveyancers has found that 60 per cent believed Australia was experiencing a property bubble, warning that buyers were overextending themselves financially.The survey by legal technology firm GlobalX found 60 per cent of respondents believed Australia was in a property bubble, while 67 per cent said buyers were leaving themselves open to significant risk because of their heavy indebtedness. Brisbane’s mansion market on fire RBA board singling Brisbane out but the numbers are holding More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home6 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor6 hours ago Get The Courier-Mail’s free real estate and property newsletter direct to your inbox GlobalX chief executive Peter Maloney said Australian conveyancers and legal professionals surveyed believed buyers were living beyond their means.“There is no one solution that will suit everyone’s agenda, desires and position on this, so we need to focus on ways to reduce overinvestment to avoid devastation and crippling debt if – and/or when – the property bubble bursts,” he said.The survey found the industry split almost down the middle on whether to ban foreign investment in real estate and young buyers’ use of superannuation to buy property.“Like the political divide, the industry is also split on this (superannuation deposit) issue, with 54 per cent of conveyancers and property lawyers disagreeing with the proposal, and almost 46 per cent championing the idea,” he said.He said 42 per cent of conveyancers and legal professionals believed the level of foreign investment would rise.“We also asked whether Australia should ban foreign investment to help ease housing pressure and received some polarising results. Around 47 per cent of respondents wanted to see foreign investment restricted, while 52 per cent did not see a ban as a viable solution.”last_img read more

A determined bidder secures an entertainer’s haven

first_imgA RENOVATED bayside cottage with swimming pool has sold at auction in Lota to a determined buyer. The three-bedroom, two-bathroom property at 32 Outram St sold for $750,000 last Saturday. Owner Sean Mahon said the home was renovated to retain the cottage charm of the original house while the extension out the back was made for entertaining, with open-plan living, an outdoor kitchen and swimming pool. Marketing agent Kyle Woodbine said the auction of the Lota home attracted three registered bidders, with two actively bidding. An opening bid of $675,000 kicked off proceedings and was followed by bids of $700,000, $701,000 and $710,000. The home at 32 Outram St, Lota has been completely renovated.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020After some negotiations behind closed doors, the highest bidder upped her bid to $750,000, which secured her the home. Mr Woodbine said the new owner was a local professional who was determined to win the property. “It’s such a beautiful home. It’s very trendy and it’s an entertainer’s paradise but it is more suited to the single or couple rather than the family.“We had a lot of interest in the property with people coming through and we had a lot of post-auction interest too.” Mr Woodbine said the Lota market was performing well with plenty of buyers on the hunt, although listings were scarce. “Buyers are pretty fussy — they know what they are looking for,” he said. “Most are family buyers and they want space.”last_img read more

Smartly renovated entertainer up for grabs in Wynnum

first_imgThe kitchen at 2338 Wynnum Rd, Wynnum.The home is set across two levels and has VJ walls, ornate ceilings and blackbutt floors upstairs. The entry leads into the open living and dining rooms and out to the back deck, overlooking the inground swimming pool. The Hamptons-style kitchen is off the dining room and has Carrara marble benchtops, detailed soft-close cabinetry, double ovens with gas cooking, stainless steel appliances, and a servery with bi-fold windows opening to the deck. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The dining room at 2338 Wynnum Rd, Wynnum.There is also a storeroom and a shed. The rumpus room opens through french doors to a poolside patio. The owners said the home had double glazed windows at the front. “We don’t hear any road noises and we don’t hear the train even though it’s the street behind us,” they said. The property is being marketed by David Lazarus, of Belle Property Manly, and will be auctioned on July 1 at noon. The backyard at 2338 Wynnum Rd, Wynnum.The master bedrooms has a walk-in robe and an ensuite and the two remaining bedrooms have built-in robes.The family bathroom has a toilet and shower over bath. Downstairs there is a single car garage, carport, rumpus room with bar, study, laundry and third bathroom. The home at 2338 Wynnum Rd, Wynnum.THIS renovated Queenslander, perfect for the family that likes to relax and entertain at home, is being auctioned in Wynnum. The owners bought 2338 Wynnum Rd 10 years ago and gave it a complete makeover. The couple, who have two children, extended and renovated the kitchen, added a back deck, created open-plan living spaces and added an ensuite and walk-in robe to the master bedroom. They also painted the interior, installed plantation shutters throughout, ripped up the “horrible” carpet in the living spaces and polished the exposed floorboards, and replaced the carpet in the bedrooms. The floorplan of 2338 Wynnum Rd, Wynnum.last_img read more

Ex-boss of one of the country’s biggest home builders sells up

first_imgThis house at 21 Nindethana St, Indooroopilly, has sold. Picture supplied.A FORMER executive of one of the country’s most famous home builders has made a tidy profit selling his family home in an exclusive Brisbane suburb.Mark Henesey-Smith and his wife, Vivien, have sold their four-bedroom, two-bathroom Tuscan-inspired house on 547 sqm in Nindethana Street for $1.66 million. Former AVJennings executive general manager Qld/SA/NZ Mark Henesey-Smith.The two-level house was built in 1999 and is nestled between two golf courses.It’s also just down the road from St Peter’s Lutheran College and close to the University of Queensland. This house at 21 Nindethana St, Indooroopilly. Picture supplied.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investorless than 1 hour ago GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE The offmarket deal was negotiated by Alex Jordan of McGrath Paddington.Records show the Henesey-Smiths bought the property for $750,000 in 2003. Seaside retreat beats old money Ascot Why homeowners are better off Bank red flags 30 suburbs to make buying harder last_img read more

Queensland retro home looks straight out of the 1960s

first_imgThis Gold Coast home is a real blast from the pastWHEN a property is marketed as “just like Grandma’s house” you know it is going to be a little bit different.A Gold Coast home that has been put on the market this week has been described by its agents as a quaint time-capsule back to the ‘50s and ‘60s.The three-bedroom home at 27 Mitchell Ave in Molendinar was listed recently through @realty.With an interior design and that had not been updated in decades, agent Gaylia Griffiths decided to market the home to retro-enthusiasts.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours ago“It really is like stepping back in time with all the knick-knacks,” she said. “It just oozes character, there are people out there that would really like it the way it is.”The home is filled with design choices that would have been pretty snazzy a few decades ago, they look a little bit out of the ordinary in 2018.From the yellow kitchentop benches, the large wooden TV cabinet and the floral wallpaper in the bathroom, the hope looks like something from The Brady Bunch.“It feels like you are walking through a movie set,” she said.The home is for sale with all the furniture and vintage bric-a-brac for anyone that wants to keep the retro feel.The home will be auctioned on March 24 at 11am.last_img read more

Gold Coast: Top 5 property sales of 2018 so far

first_img31-33 The Corso Isle of Capri from the air.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa18 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago 31-33 The Corso, Isle of Capri — $8.8 million It took less than one week for entrepreneurial businessman David Baird and his wife Marion’s property to be sold to an Asian buyer.Ray White Broadbeach agent Sam Guo handled the Baird’s sale and said a quick interstate trip helped seal the deal.Mr Guo said the Isle of Capri property was in one of the best positions on the Gold Coast. A penthouse in Surfers Paradise holds the top sale so far of 2018.WE are only four months into the year but the Gold Coast has already recorded several multimillion-dollar sales.From lavish penthouses to riverfront mansions and beach houses, there are plenty of luxury properties changing hands on the Glitter Strip.These are the top five of 2018 so far: Sam Guo in front of 31-31 The Corso on the Isle of Capri. Picture Mike Batterham The biggest sale of 2018 so far: 3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise. 150/59 Pacific St, Main Beach. GCB 31-33 The Corso Isle of Capri. 2623 Virginia Drive, Hope Island. Picture: Realestate.com.aucenter_img 150/59 Pacific St, Main Beach. 150/59 Pacific St, Main Beach — $5.3 million It was a quick sale for this spectacular Main Beach penthouse.The Xanadu North three-level luxury residence hit the market in December. Robert Graham of Ray White Prestige said the Xanadu North three-level property was on the market for 32 days before it sold.“Both the buyers and sellers are ecstatic over the purchase.”CoreLogic data reveals the property last changed hands in 2014 for $4.06 million.A heated pool, theatre, bar and wine cellar are among its standout features. Soak up that view from 712 Pacific Parade, Currumbin. 3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise. 3250/23 Ferny Ave, Surfers Paradise — $9.5 million IT’S one of the country’s best penthouses with a huge 21 car spaces and now it holds the Gold Coast penthouse record.Property development company owner Ron Bakir sold his palatial Surfers Paradise apartment for $9.5 million in January.The sale of the apartment tops the city’s previous penthouse high of $9.2 million, set six years ago when Melbourne builder Peter Devitt bought the apartment that crowns Main Beach’s Liberty Panorama tower.Michael Kollosche of Kollosche Prestige Agents handled the sale. What a beach house! 712 Pacific Parade, Currumbin. 712 Pacific Parade, Currumbin — $4.4 million The only sale on this list on the southern Coast, this Currumbin property stands out for its spectacular beachfront location.It changed hands in January through Currumbin Realty’s Richard Plumb and Mark Ryan.Every bedroom has ocean views while there is also a huge front deck for dining or relaxing.Other features include a media room, pool and double garage.The property also has income potential from short-term holiday letting. 2623 Virginia Drive, Hope Island. Picture: Realestate.com.au 2623 Virginia Dr, Hope Island — $5.05 million This ultra-modern house is on a 1000sq m of land with 20m of water frontage which overlooks the Marina Harbour. Outdoors is an entertainment area with a built in barbecue kitchen which overlooks the swimming pool and a 14 metre pontoon.Inside are four bedrooms, while the main bedroom has an ensuite and large walk in wardrobe.The home also has a games room with a billiard table and fully equipped media room. It was listed for sale through Rita Na of Hope Island Resort Realty.last_img read more

Tramlink enters the construction phase

first_imgA 28 km light rail network to open in Croydon in 1999 will greatly improve east-west orbital journeys through south London and alleviate growing road congestion in Britain’s eleventh biggest centre,Mike Heath MBE is Tramlink Project Manager for London Transport. Bob Dorey is Chairman of Tramtrack Croydon LtdTHIS SPRING sees the start of work on the Tramlink light rail network to serve the south London suburb of Croydon. Promoted jointly by the London Borough of Croydon (LBC) and London Transport (LT), Tramlink will be financed, built and operated under a 99-year concession awarded to Tramtrack Croydon Ltd (TCL) on November 25.TCL comprises local bus operator CentreWest, construction groups Sir Robert McAlpine and Amey, rolling stock supplier Bombardier Eurorail and financiers 3i and the Royal Bank of Scotland. Total cost of the project is put at around £200m, of which £35m will go on rolling stock. The British government has agreed to contribute to the project, with the announcement by the then Minister for Transport in London Steven Norris on July 22 1996 effectively forming the last go-ahead before work could start. Construction of a light rail network in Croydon has been under discussion for over 20 years, but the present scheme originated in the late 1980s. At that time, LT and British Rail were looking at ways to improve the quality of public transport in south London, and one of the options was to enhance the existing rail network. Croydon was faced with major traffic problems which LBC feared could damage the attractiveness of the town centre.Over the past 30 years, Croydon has achieved considerable success in establishing itself as the largest commercial and shopping centre in southeast England outside Central London. With over 800000 m2 of commercial office space, the town centre has more capacity than many provincial cities including Sheffield, Newcastle and Nottingham. Retail floor space in the town centre exceeds 250000 m2. Its 320000 inhabitants make Croydon the most populous of the 32 London boroughs, and equivalent to Britain’s eleventh largest city. Developing the networkCroydon’s north-south rail links are excellent, with East Croydon station lying astride the London – Brighton main line midway between Victoria and Gatwick Airport. East Croydon is currently London’s busiest commuter station, and also sees through InterCity services to the northwest and Scotland. However, east-west travel in the south London suburbs is much more difficult, as it crosses the radial corridors developed by competing private railway companies in the last century. Road links are also poor, with the so-called South Circular Road more of a concept than a reality. Thus better east-west links were identified as crucial for Croydon’s future success.LT and LBC co-operated on a series of studies between 1990 and 1992 into options for making better use of existing road space. Improved bus priority and bus-only schemes were considered, as well as a more extensive review of the rail network. The crucial factor in determining the viability of any project was the level of ridership that could be attracted and the reduction of car travel and road congestion.The key advantage of light rail with segregated running is that it gives a fast and reliable service, which encourages people to transfer from cars. In the light of this, and following reviews by a number of independent transport consultants, LT and LBC concluded that light rail was the best option for the borough. They jointly promoted a private Bill in Parliament which received Royal Assent as the Tramlink Act in July 1994.To meet the needs for improved east-west links, the 28 km Tramlink network is based on a loop in the town centre with three radial branches running northwest, northeast and southeast. Two of these involve conversion of existing railway branches which are under-utilised, and in part will run alongside operational Railtrack routes. The third branch will use part of a derelict rail alignment en route to serve the major satellite residential area of New Addington at the farthest extremity of the borough, which has been served only by buses since it was built almost 60 years ago.Project Development GroupAlthough Tramlink pre-dated the Private Finance Initiative, the promoters had already taken on board some of the government’s aspirations for private-sector involvement in public investment schemes. A private/public partnership was formed in October 1992 to develop the scope and economics of the scheme. This Project Development Group was formed by LT, LBC and a consortium comprising Tarmac, AEG and Transdev, who provided expertise in construction and project management, railway engineering and light rail operations.The PDG developed the Tramlink concept through a series of context drawings, to outline the route, impact on shopping centres, and so forth. It also undertook further consideration of the scheme’s economics, balancing potential revenues with operating costs. More importantly, the PDG helped to draw up the commercial terms which were essential before the project could proceed – for example defining the responsibility for dealing with utilities diversions.The PDG then drew up a draft Concession Agreement for discussion with the government, both the Department of Transport and the Treasury. At this stage it became necessary to incorporate details of the proposed risk transfer which would be fundamental if the scheme were to proceed under the terms of the Private Finance Initiative.When the time came to launch the bidding competition for the concession – which had always been envisaged – it was necessary for all parties, including the members of the PDG, to ensure a level playing field for the competition, which was held under the EC negotiated procedures. Therefore the group was dissolved in March 1995. LT and LBC developed the Information Memorandum and marketing material for the tendering competition.Concession biddingThe competition for Tramlink was announced by Steven Norris on May 26 1995. Initially, it was difficult to convince other groups to invest time and resources in bidding for a project where one consortium appeared to have an inside track. However, the promoter’s investment in promotion and pre-marketing generated eight good prequalifying bids, which arrived in mid-September 1995. Of these, four consortia were shortlisted on October 2 for the formal invitation to tender. Final bids were requested by mid-January 1996. On offer was a 99-year concession to design, build, finance, maintain and operate the Tramlink network. As a Private Finance Initiative project, the primary risk relating to those tasks must rest with the concessionaire, who will recoup its investment through revenue, either directly from cash-paying passengers or via revenue sharing arrangements for Travelcard and concessionary fares. While public transport in Greater London remains regulated, the concessionaire will have some protection through LT’s duties to co-ordinate public transport. For example, LT will be able to restructure its tendered bus network to complement Tramlink when it opens, whereas in other British cities light rail lines face direct competition from unregulated private bus companies.From prequalifying right through to selection of the preferred bidder, the competition was judged on a range of criteria developed after extensive discussions between LT, LBC and the government. Essentially, the concession would go to the consortium submitting the most economically advantageous tender. But within that overall concept, various criteria were ranked in descending order of importance:1. Ability to comply with mandatory project requirements throughout the concession period, including the minimum requirements of the performance specification attached to the invitation to tender and any mandatory contracts with designated third parties.2. Financial strength of the tenderer and its capability to raise the necessary finance.3. Lowest call for a public sector contribution to the cost of construction.4. The degree of risk transfer from the public to the private sector.5. Use of proven and established technology to construct, equip and operate the network.6. Quality of the service, equipment and works offered by the tenderer in excess of the minimum requirements of the performance specification.LT’s commercial confidentiality provisions preclude explaining in detail why the winning bid was selected. What can be said is that the crucial criteria, relating to complying with the mandatory requirements and the financial strength of the bidder, were hurdles for all consortia to clear. Other aspects of the tender covered the different bidders’ proposals for alternative approaches to meeting the output-related performance specification.Other essential requirements before a bid could be taken forward included safety, the ability to meet operating requirements, and the ability to comply with undertakings and representations made in Parliament about the environmental impact, passenger comfort, reliability and overall aspects of the scheme, including good practice during construction. Once the bidders had cleared these hurdles, it was inevitable that a project which required substantial public funding must have as a critical factor the lowest available call for contributions to the construction cost. For the bidders, this is a balance between those costs and the forecast revenues. It is an important element of a PFI project that the ridership risk passes to the concessionaire, and that there are no ongoing revenue subsidies. The remaining criteria balance the risk transfer, the certainty of delivering the project, and the added-value concepts to ensure that the most economically advantageous tender is chosen.Construction scheduleCroydon’s residents have already had their first experience of disruption from Tramlink construction, as one of the main shopping streets in the town centre was shut during October and November for preliminary works. This prepared the way for utilities relocation, which remains the responsibility of LT. Utilities work will continue in phases as necessary for construction to proceed up to the autumn of 1998.TCL’s engineering teams have already begun preparatory works such as boreholes, surveys and site accommodation, giving less than three years before the network is scheduled to open in late 1999. Heavy construction is due to be finished by the spring of that year, leaving six months for commissioning, fine tuning, and test running. The ex-BR branches from Wimbledon to West Croydon and Elmers End to Addiscombe will be closed at the end of May to allow conversion work to begin. Extensive track refurbishment will be needed on the two rail lines, together with conversion from third rail to overhead power supply. Parts of the Wimbledon – West Croydon route will be restored to double-track. Street tracks will be laid in central Croydon, providing for the first time a direct link between East and West Croydon stations through the heart of the town. A new reserved-track alignment will be built to carry the New Addington branch through Lloyd Park and Addington Hills, alongside Gravel Hill, and through Addington Village.Another short section of new alignment will be built along the back of South Norwood Country Park, to connect the Elmers End route to Railtrack’s Crystal Palace – Beckenham Junction line. This former double-track route was singled some years ago, leaving space for a second track to be laid on the alignment to carry Tramlink services. Passing places will be provided at Avenue Road and near Beckenham Road to accommodate the planned 10min frequency of service.New bridges will be needed to carry Tramlink over Connex South Central tracks at two points: the Sutton – London line near Mitcham Junction, and the Sutton – West Croydon line near Waddon New Road on the approach to Croydon town centre.Another major tranche of work covers the refurbishment of three sections of tunnel on the disused railway alignment between Sandilands and Coombe Lane.The choice of signalling and communications systems has been left to TCL, although the specification stipulates that whatever is provided must satisfy the requirements of HM Railway Inspectorate. The trams will be controlled using a combination of ‘line of sight’ driving and appropriate signalling systems, for example at passing loops on the single line sections.Rolling stockTramlink will be worked by a fleet of 24 low-floor LRVs supplied by Bombardier Eurorail’s Prorail arm based in Wakefield. This will provide 21 cars in daily service plus three spares. The CR4000 design is derived from the 120-strong fleet of K4000 cars being supplied to Köln by Bombardier Eurorail’s plants in Brugge and Wien. The six-axle articulated vehicles will be of low-floor design, 30 200 mm long and 2 650 mm wide. The concession agreement specifies that at least two doors on each side of the vehicle will provide level access between car and platform, to ensure accessibility by unassisted wheelchair users. There must be a minimum of two wheelchair spaces on each car. Total capacity will be around 240 passengers per vehicle, of which 74 will be seated. Existing platforms along the converted rail routes will be lowered to suit the tram floor height, and new low-height platforms will be built at the other stops. Power will be supplied by conventional 750 V DC overhead catenary. The fleet will be based at a new maintenance depot at Therapia Lane on the Wimbledon line, where normal servicing, light maintenance and routine repairs will be undertaken.Passenger servicesA comprehensive range of information and communications systems is envisaged. CCTV cameras will be provided at each stop, linked to monitors in the control centre. Passenger information displays on every platform will provide ‘current’ and ‘next’ tram information, including destination and estimated time of arrival at the stop. Each platform will also be equipped with a Passenger Communication & Assistance System, with alarm buttons and a two-way speech link to the control centre. Radio links will carry voice and data messages between the control centre and the vehicles, allowing conversations between the drivers or passengers and controllers.For fare collection purposes, the concession agreement requires Tramlink to conform with LT’s London-wide zonal ticketing system. Travelcards and Concessionary Permits will be accepted. The level and structure of fares will be proposed by the operators and determined by London Transport. Tickets will be issued by multi-fare vending machines at all stops – at least one per platform. They may also be sold from TCL’s central Croydon office and other agencies. Tickets will not be sold or validated by the tram drivers.Routes, service frequency and journey times will all be subject to agreement between TCL and LT. Three main routes are planned: Wimbledon – Elmers End, Croydon – Beckenham Junction, and Croydon – New Addington. The typical journey time from the town centre to Elmers End would be about 14 min, and to any of the other termini about 20 or 21 min. During the week, daytime frequencies of six trams/h are envisaged to Wimbledon, Elmers End and Beckenham Junction and nine trams/h on the New Addington branch. This will give a combined service of 20 trams/h each way on the core section between East Croydon and Sandilands, and in Croydon town centre. There will be scaled-down service levels in the evenings and on Sundays. Flagship systemWhilst some disruption during construction is inevitable, the effects will be minimised through close liaison with the affected boroughs of Croydon, Bromley, Merton and Sutton, and by ensuring the public is kept informed at all stages of the project. The long-term benefits of this major improvement to public transport and the subsequent boost to the local economy will outweigh any short-term concerns.Tramlink will be seen as the flagship for the southeast in terms of a modern, environmentally-friendly and integrated public transport system.CAPTION: Road closures to allow diversion of services clear of the tram tracks have begun in central CroydonCAPTION: At present Connex South Central operates an irregular service between Wimbledon (above) and West Croydon, with a two-car EMU covering this under-utilised route about every 45 min. Tramlink will not merely improve service frequency, but also give direct connections at East CroydonCAPTION: Preparatory work just east of the main line station at East Croydon requires road traffic diversion. Construction of Tramlink will provide the first direct rail connection between here and West Croydon. The Tramlink consortium is drawing on the experience of Britain’s other modern tram construction projects in keeping the public informed about the benefits which will follow construction (inset)TCL shareholdersCentreWestSir Robert McAlpineAmeyBombardier Eurorail3iRoyal Bank of ScotlandTramlink entre en phase de constructionUn réseau de métro léger de 28 km améliorera énormément les trajets périphériques est-ouest passant par le sud de Londres lorsqu’il s’ouvrira en 1999. Tramtrack Croydon Ltd a une concession de 99 ans pour la conception, la construction, l’exploitation et l’entretien du réseau qui comprend une boucle autour du centre ville et trois embranchements radiaux dont deux seront convertis à partir de lignes ferroviaires existantes. Le membre du consortium Tramtrack, Bombardier Eurorail, construira 24 voitures à plancher bas dans son usine Prorail située à WakefieldTramlink nimmt Bauphase aufEin 28 km langes Stadtbahnnetz, das 1999 eröffnet werden soll, wird die Ost-West-Umgehung durch Süd-London stark verbessern. Für Entwurf, Bau, Betrieb und Unterhaltung des aus einer Zentrumsschleife und drei Radialabzweigungen bestehenden Bahnnetzes verfügt Tramtrack Croydon Ltd über eine 99-Jahres- Lizenz; zwei dieser Abzweigungen werden aus vorhandenen Bahnstrecken umgebaut. Das Tramtrack-Konsortien-Mitglied Bombardier Eurorail wird in seinem Prorail-Werk in Wakefield 24 Niederflurwagen bauenTramlink entra en fase de construcción Una red de 28 km de trenes ligeros mejorar? considerablemente los desplazamientos orbitales Este-Oeste hasta el sur de Londres cuando se abra en 1999. Tramtrack Croydon Ltd posee una licencia de 99 años para diseñar, construir, poner en funcionamiento y realizar el mantenimiento de la red, la cual comprende un lazo del centro de la ciudad y tres ramas radiales, dos de las cuales ser? n reconvertidas de rutas férreas ya existentes. Bombardier Eurorail, miembro del consorcio Tramtrack, construir? 24 trenes de suelo bajo en sus instalaciones Prorail de Wakefieldlast_img read more

Sydney light rail ready to start

first_imgTHIS MONTH is due to see the start of services on Sydney’s A$65m Ultimo – Pyrmont light rail line. The first Adtranz-built Variotram to reach the city arrived on May 31 and the second on June 5, enabling test running to start on the reserved alignment behind the Darling Harbour exhibition centre (right). Services will run every 15 min on the 3·5 km horseshoe route from Central station to Wentworth Park.Proposals lodged by private-sector concessionaire Sydney Light Rail Co for two extensions have moved forward, with the New South Wales government authorising an environmental impact study into both routes. One would form a loop through the city centre from Central station to Circular Quay, and the other would continue from Pyrmont to Lilyfield.State Rail Authority of NSW has started prequalification, and plans to call tenders this month, for supply of double-deck EMUs to boost its City Rail fleet. The initial order will be for 80 cars, followed by two options for a further 60 vehicles each. The first four-car set is required in service by November 1999, just 96 weeks after the contract award in December 1997. Around 40 cars must be ready for the Olympic Games in September 2000, and the rest by June 2001. olast_img read more