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Sydney metro: Delhi leads the way


Rory Medcalf


19 March 2008 13:29

Whatever else you can say about the NSW Government, at least it seems someone there reads The Interpreter. Today’s Sydney Morning Herald ran a headline to inspire every downcast Sydney commuter: a plan, at last, for a modern ‘European-style’ metro system to relieve the city’s public transport woes. Only, the accompanying photograph was not of the Paris or Brussels or Madrid or Berlin metro/u-bahn/call it what you will. It was a fancy new carriage and station of none other than the Delhi metro, as featured recently on this blog. That engineering and transit marvel is of course a product in large part of Japanese soft power: financial and technological aid, intended to make friends and influence people. Now if Japan wanted to win back hearts and minds in Australia (if one believes the rumours about a tilt to China, and deep down I don’t), then perhaps some much-needed development assistance in Sydney might be the place to start. I’m joking – for the moment.