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. 

4 Responses to “Save the Historic La Perouse Bus & Tram Terminus Loop – 50th Anniversary of the last Tram”
  1. Graham says:

    This is an important area for bus drivers and passengers. Putting the buses parallel to the new park is madness as there won’t be enough room and they will block the view from and to the park. It will look cluttered. The loop was perfect and there was money from Energy Australia to fix it. I’ve spoken to bus drivers and they weren’t consulted just someone who doesn’t have to drive a bus making decisions that affects others – typical!!

  2. Narelle J says:

    Can’t they keep any history. We lost the bus area at Prince Henry and now this losing the loop that the last tram ran on. I bet the drivers prefer the loop it gives them some breathing space when they stop at the terminus. Doesn’t anyone care about the workers and the passengers. These decisions are made by bureaucrats in offices.

  3. irene ratcliffe says:

    I think that the bus loop is essential as a respite area for the bus drivers.
    My main concern is that there is proper kerbing for entering and alighting from the buses – not all have wheelchair access and many knee injuries could be avoided with the correct step height. There are many elderly visitors to the Peninsula for whom this is an essential addition to either the loop or the parallel kerb.

  4. Craig says:

    I have lived in La Perouse all my life. I can’t believe what is happening to the area. The bus loop should have been left alone along with the rest of the area. The new carparking area and one way traffic around the loop, aka the scenic (known by locals) is a very poor design. To the stupid bureaucrats, you are not making La Perouse better, YOU ARE DESTROYING IT, LEAVE THE PLACE ALONE.

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