The last tram to travel in Sydney ran from La Perouse to Randwick workshops on the 25th February 1961. But instead of honouring this history Randwick City Council and Sydney Buses are proposing to scrap the historic turning loop at the La Perouse bus terminus. The loop has practical and historic significance which has not been considered. If RCC and STA get their way the buses will be forced to use the proposed roundabout along with cyclists and cars and then park parallel on the western side of Anzac Parade in a space less than what is now available. We will have more buses in the future, not fewer and may require additional space for tourist buses in addition to STA vehicles. The turning loop does need to be re-surfaced and kerbing, suitable for wheelchair access, installed. This could be done. From April 2009 to November 2010 Energy Australia impacted the area around the bus terminus and nearby residences. Offsets were due but none were openly negotiated. The resurfacing and kerbing could have been provided as an offset but instead the adjacent carpark was turfed and closed to vehicles. Photographs (above): The Last La Perouse Tram 25 February, 1961; the bus loop as it is now; (below) photos from 1960 and aerial view showing bus loop and RTA area adjacent which is now turfed – in this photo over 70 cars.
25 02 2011
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