In 1998, the NSW state government launched Action for Transport 2010, an ambitious transport plan that would supposedly solve all of Sydney's significant transport problems. NSW government being what it is, very little of the substance, apart from the roads was actually delivered.
If you search the NSW government web sites, you'll have a hard time finding any reference to Action for Transport 2010. It's almost like they don't want people comparing what they promised with what they delivered. Small wonder that people were so cynical about the recently-announced metro system.
Fortunately, the legends at the National Library of Australia's Pandora project have been busily archiving important web sites in Australia. That means you can find some of this stuff there. Just in case NSW starts heavying these people, I've made myself some copies for posterity too. Let me know if the Pandora versions disappear, and I'll make my versions available.
These seem to have recently disappeared from the Pandora archive. Read into that what you will.
I was heavily involved in transport lobbying, particularly for cycle facilities, back when all this was promised. I left the country for seven years, returned and discovered they'd built barely anything. Now they're stretching credibility even further by promising more stuff, without mentioning that they promised all this and failed to deliver. I think they need to be called to account on this.
I'm a member of the Australian Greens because they're the only party that is likely to force the changes needed. The NSW Liberal party, apart from being a bunch of reactionary right-wing twonks, aren't even taking up these easy wins in holding the government to account.
These documents have been retrieved from NSW government web sites, or potentially from the Pandora archive, in the interests of holding the government to account. I haven't changed the files apart from changing their names and using Firefox's feature to save "complete" web pages, so that all the dependent files are included in the save.
Opposition parties: it would be a really good idea for you to periodically archive government web sites yourselves. Then you could have everything they've promised, ready to pull out and ask pointed questions about delivery.
If you've got something that should be added to my archive, get in touch.