~~~ SOR Transport Plans / Proposals + Major Documents ~~~

This post provides links to Save Our Rail’s major documents: Our proposal for Newcastle CBD integration – December 2008 Our critique of GPT’s proposal – January 2009 Our response to HDC’s report – July 2009 Our Western Transport Initiative (WesTrans) Proposal – November 2010

Hunter Street business say light rail parking loss will kill their businesses

HUNTER Street retailers were considering a class action against the state government if the proposed Hunter Street light rail damaged their businesses, government representatives were told at a meeting in Newcastle on Monday, as reported in the Newcastle Herald. More than 30 business owners or their representatives crowded into a room at Passmores’ Business and ...

Proposed light rail “barely twice walking speed”

RUNNING light rail down Hunter Street would “drive a stake through the heart of Newcastle”, an alliance of community groups including Save Our Rail has heard, reports the Newcastle Herald. More than 300 people packed Newcastle Leagues Club on Monday night as opponents to the state government’s light rail plan vowed to “embarrass” Premier Mike Baird in ...

Application to set aside judgement – Media release 30/11/2015

Save Our Rail was once more in Court today for a Directions Hearing. Hunter Development Corporation had lodged an Appeal after SOR won a Supreme Court judgment on 24th December 2014. Our position was that the closure of a rail line was in breach of the law at the time. The Transport Administration Act intention ...

Transport privatisation a cost to passengers – Media release 05/11/2015

Save Our Rail is totally opposed to privatisation of rail services or the sale of the corridor land. Private operators have a duty to make a profit for their shareholders therefore the cost to the customer will be higher. Minister Constance:  “Patronage on public transport in Newcastle has dropped and customers tell us the service ...

Pro-rail rally draws hundreds to Civic

Pro-rail rally draws hundreds to Civic
AT least 500 people attended a pro-rail rally at Civic on Sunday morning, timed to highlight concern over the Baird government’s likely push this week to pass rail-closing legislation, reports the Newcastle Herald. The rally began at the closed Civic railway station… The list of a dozen or so speakers included Greens MLC and transport ...

Alliance rallies to protect Newcastle rail corridor from developers

An alliance of community groups, residents and students opposed to the privatisation and sale of Newcastle’s rail corridor will hold a rally at Civic Station this Sunday from 11am. The Maitland Mercury reports that the University of Newcastle Student Union Association will participate in the rally which will take a broader stance than Save Our ...

Keep rail on the the corridor! Who benefits? Who pays?

Keep rail on the the corridor! Who benefits? Who pays?
Keep rail on the the corridor! Who benefits? Who pays?  

Rally to ‘Keep Rail in the Corridor’ – Civic Station – Sun 11 October @ 11am

Join SOR at the rally to ‘Keep Rail in the Corridor’. When: 11am on Sunday 11th October 2015. Where: in front of Civic Station. Let’s keep the pressure up before the Upper House debate only a couple of days later. Bring banners and signs.

Future of Newcastle rail line still in doubt

The state government may not have secured the support of two upper house MPs who will hold the balance of power in a crucial vote on the future of Newcastle’s heavy rail line, reports the Maitland Mercury. … The vote had been expected to take place on Tuesday, but did not eventuate. … “We think ...

Video: State Parliament to vote on Rail Line Closure Bill this week

A bill to authorise the closure of the Newcastle rail line will finally be debated in state parliament tomorrow, reports NBN News. In an 11th hour move against it, Save Our Rail is lobbying MPs who hold the balance of power in the Upper House. Watch the video on the NBN News website.

Save Our Rail seeks support to block changes to Transport Administration Act

Objectors to the state ­government’s plan to cut Newcastle’s heavy rail line say they want to explain to two MPs, who will be crucial in a vote on the rail’s future next week, how the truncation will affect commuters in Maitland, reports the Maitland Mercury. … Labor, the Greens and the Christian Democratic Party have ...

Rally against the Rail Closure Bill — Sydney, Tues 15 September 2015

RALLY AT 1 PM TUESDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER 2015, PARLIAMENT HOUSE, SYDNEY Please bring any SOR banners & signs  you have from other rallies & marches. If you need a SOR sign they can be collected at 770 Hunter Street. Ring 0409 610 110 to arrange. Trains are as follows: Early birds – 8.25 a.m. Hamilton, ...

Govt tables changes to transport act to make cutting the Newcastle rail line legal

NSW Labor will seek support from the minor parties in the upper house ahead of a crucial vote on the future of Newcastle’s heavy rail line, reports the Maitland Mercury. In Parliament yesterday, the state ­government tabled changes to the Transport Administration Act, which has stopped it from tearing up the train line into Newcastle ...

Rail line closure bill close

A BILL to authorise the closure of Newcastle’s rail line could pass NSW Parliament next week, with Shooters and Fishers Party MPs prepared to deliver the government crucial votes to get the legislation through the upper house, reports the Newcastle Herald. Robert Brown and Robert Borsak have denied any deal has been struck with the ...

Crunch time: help persuade Shooter and Fishers Party not to support Newcastle Rail closure bill

The NSW Government introduced a bill to Parliament on Wednesday which would enable it to not only CLOSE the Newcastle Rail line, but to RIP IT UP and sell off the land. It is specific to Newcastle Rail line but could set a precedent for other rail lines or public spaces in NSW. As we ...

State’s bid to trump court ruling, close rail line at Wickham with Act of Parliament

THE state government will seek Parliament’s approval to officially close the Newcastle rail line at Wickham and finally make a significant start on its $460 million city transport overhaul, reports the Newcastle Herald. More than eight months after it shut down the trains, Transport Minister Andrew Constance will give notice on Wednesday of a bill ...

Minister denies plan to transfer rail corridor for $10 to avoid parliament

TRANSPORT minister Andrew Constance has denied the government tried to avoid putting the proposed closure of Newcastle’s heavy rail line to Parliament by devising elaborate plans to transfer its ownership from one agency to another for $10, reports the Newcastle Herald. During a budget estimates hearing on Tuesday, Mr Constance also failed to provide a ...

Petition to prevent change to transport legislation

Petition to prevent change to transport legislation
We believe the Government will introduce legislation to change the Transport Administration Act which prevents the removal of rail lines if they lose the Supreme Court Appeal. Therefore we are gathering signatures on a petition to the members of the Legislative Assembly to prevent changes that could have ramifications throughout NSW and threaten not only ...

Broad parting of ways

Ian Kirkwood writes in the Newcastle Herald that Paul Broad said on Friday and again on Tuesday that he did not believe that light rail was the best option for Newcastle. His proposal, which could be described as a ‘‘wait and see’’ approach, involves building a big and comprehensive interchange at Wickham – using The ...

Paul Broad quits Hunter Development Corporation

PAUL Broad has resigned as chairman of the Hunter Development Corporation after more than seven years, citing a ‘‘massive shift in power from Newcastle to Macquarie Street’’ and shortcomings with aspects of the government’s city revitalisation plans, as reported in the Newcastle Herald. … ‘‘We are able to run our own race up here but ...