Help us keep rail to Newcastle. Govt plans to cut on Xmas Day!

Donate to our campaign! What’s happening? NSW Government announced it will close Newcastle Rail Line. Last train Christmas Day 2014. All Newcastle passengers to be off-loaded to buses at Hamilton or Broadmeadow for at least 2 to 3 years from Boxing Day. No replacement system has been approved nor planned, so the intention seems to ...

Video: 4 People on that Train – Newcastle Rail Line

Video: 4 People on that Train - Newcastle Rail Line
Music video based on anti-rail statements that claim low passenger numbers on the Newcastle CBD line, a claim at odds with footage of actual CBD trains.

Editorial: Politics of saying yes and no

The Newcastle Herald’s editorial (Sat 23/08/2014) asks some reasonable questions about the Wickham terminus carport. The final paragraphs state: It is by no means unreasonable to want to know why the heavy rail is being cut before the promised light rail is even begun. Why does the new terminus concept appear so under-cooked and why ...

Newcastle rail cut pain for uni students

The Maitland Mercury ran this article on Fri 22 August 2014: By the time the University of Newcastle builds its proposed city-centre campus in the Civic precinct, the state government will have removed the heavy rail line between Wickham and Newcastle. Students who want to catch a train to university from outside the city, in ...

Opinion: It’s time to stand up and stop plans to cut rail line

The Maitland Mercury has published another editorial opposing the Boxing Day truncation of the heavy rail to Newcastle. They want to hear your story so speak up. Commuters from the wider Hunter are getting the raw end of the deal with plans to cut the rail line into Newcastle CBD. Considering the level of discontent ...

Video: Rally challenges mandate to cut railway

Video: Rally challenges mandate to cut railway
The Newcastle Herald provided coverage, including a video piece, of today’s rally at Newcastle Station. INSPIRED by recent revelations at the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the fight against the cutting of the heavy rail line in Newcastle returned to the streets yesterday. About 100 protesters came from across the Hunter, Sydney and even Perth, waving ...

Video: Fight continues against cutting heavy rail

Video: Fight continues against cutting heavy rail
The Save Our Rail group has found some allies, in its fight against the cutting of Newcastle’s heavy train line. A Sydney-based community group visited the city today, weighing in on the debate, along with a Perth MP. Watch the video on the NBN News website.

Media event Newcastle – Wed 20/08/2014

CATCH THE 9.15 am TRAIN FROM CENTRAL TO NEWCASTLE SPECIAL GUEST FEDERAL MEMBER FOR PERTH Hon Alannah MacTiernan MP coming by train to Newcastle WED 20TH AUGUST 2014 SOR members will welcome the visitors at Newcastle Station at 11.50 am. Contact info@saveourrail.org.au or ph: 0408 618 198

Pants on fire – Media Release 12/08/2014

Tim Owen has confessed to lying on the witness stand at the ICAC hearings and as a result has resigned from Parliament. This still leaves Newcastle and the Hunter Region to deal with the results of some earlier inaccuracies, misleading advice or indeed lies, by this supposed representative of the people. The Premier credits him ...

You buy one off the shelf – Media Release 09/08/2014

That’s how the developers get the MP they want. You pick one from Central Casting and pay a fat wad of filthy lucre and they’ll do just what you ask them to do. Just like a pretty Ken Doll. The Candidate looked good and handsome, some would say he looked like a film star, he’d ...

The Honourable Member? – Media Release 06/08/2014

“A web of intrigue,” we dubbed the Newcastle Cabal, but we never expected to discover just what a nest of vipers the Independent Commission Against Corruption found when they lifted the edge of the carpet. Now the MP’s for Newcastle and Charlestown intend to continue to be paid by the public, despite being exposed by ...

Video: The People Speak – Wickham Railway Station

Video: The People Speak - Wickham Railway Station
Rail users speak during the p.m. peak at Wickham Station, July 30, 2014, in light of the NSW Government plan to cut the line on December 26, 2014 and develop the city and railway corridor land. Thanks to the commuters who spoke on this issue.

Swap a heritage station for a carport? – Media release 30/07/2014

That’s what Newcastle is being asked to accept for an interchange at Wickham! It’s a third world pre-fab without walls or adequate platforms and certainly won’t give the sort of welcoming presence you get at Newcastle Station. To add insult to injury the truncation of the Newcastle Rail Line will cause passenger inconvenience including considerable ...

First look at proposed Wickham transport interchange

A large bus shelter proposed as the Wickham interchange? Increased rail travel times? Detailed traffic modelling not done? The Newcastle Herald reports on 30/07/2017: … The interchange will take about two years to build. … A summary of the environmental factors review flags the changes, which will include the installation of light rail between Wickham ...

Who knew they would close Railway Street crossing? – Media release 27/07/2014

This is just one of the details of the secret planning of the truncation of Newcastle Rail Line. It has finally been drip-fed to the public and revealed as part of the Wickham Interchange project. This Government has decided what it wants to do, pretends there has been some form of community input, when in ...

Scant detail about buses

As reported in the Newcastle Herald on Saturday 26 July 2014: PASSENGERS aren’t the only ones waiting for information from the state government about the bus services that will replace Newcastle’s heavy rail when work to truncate the line begins at Christmas. Its own city bus operator, Newcastle Buses, is also in the dark, according ...

Railway St rail crossing closure raises traffic fears in west end

As reported by ABC News on Saturday 26 July 2014: Businesses in Newcastle’s west end say there has been no consultation surrounding plans to permanently close a rail level crossing to cars and pedestrians. The Railway Street crossing connects several car dealerships in Hamilton with workshops and suppliers in Wickham. … The state government says ...

Video: Our crowded hour: Civic Station

Video: Our crowded hour: Civic Station
Filmed Friday July 18, 2014, during the morning peak, 7.30-8.30 am, at Civic Station. This busy station, opposite the planned new University campus, is to be lost to commuters as Newcastle’s historic (c.1872) rail line is being cut by the NSW State Government at Wickham on December 26, 2014 to make way for the development ...

Putting the cart before the horse – Media Release 20/07/2014

The geotechnical research announced as “Newcastle rail line truncation work begins” highlights the lack of proper planning by the NSW Government. (Newcastle Herald – Matt Carr 18/07/14) THIS GEOTECHNICAL RESEARCH IS PRELIMINARY WORK THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE TWO YEARS AGO BEFORE ANY DECISION WAS MADE. Gladys Berejiklian is only now beginning some of the ...

Come to Maitland: MARCH FOR RAIL – Thur 31/07/2014, 11am Maitland Station

Come to Maitland: MARCH FOR RAIL - Thur 31/07/2014, 11am Maitland Station
Come to Maitland and March for Rail. Maintain our rail connection between Maitland, the Upper Hunter, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Sydney. Show your opposition to the decision of Gladys Berijiklian, NSW Transport Minister, to terminate passenger rail services to Newcastle CBD from boxing day this year. Add your voice to the 11,000 who signed the petition to Parliament. ...