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Transport Plans and 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 Related Tags:

Newcastle rail cut: a fake solution in search of a real problem

Gavin Gatenby of EcoTransit wrote an article at The Fifth Estate about transport madness in Newcastle. Last Christmas Day I rode what might be the last train out of Newcastle station – a handsome heritage terminus alongside the historic core of NSW’s second-biggest city. It was 11:22 on a brutally steamy night, and the occasion had ...

No cycleway for George St (and none for Hunter St)

Save Our Rail has previous written about how Newcastle light rail would kill off cycleways along Hunter Street according to the leaked confidential “document 71″. A new article in the Newcastle Herald / Sydney Morning Herald reports that the government would cancel the construction of a bike lane down northern Castlereagh Street until after light rail was built, and also ...

Parliamentary Secretary: Govt dodged a bullet

Parliamentary Secretary Scot McDonald says that the government dodged a bullet on the cutting of the rail line and that his door is closed to anyone who does not support the government’s plan for the Newcastle CBD and that he plans to filter out negative people, reports the Maitland Mercury. The Hunter’s new representative in state Parliament says ...

Baird’s Hunter St light rail – how would it affect your business?

Consider that it would require: Many months of construction Loading zones removal* Car parking spaces removal* Taxi ranks removal* The Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy provided for the broadening and greening of footpaths and the construction of a cycleway to encourage people to come into the CBD. Hunter St light rail will kill off this plan ...

Hunter “referendum” brings victory to Labor – Media release 30/03/2015

Pru Goward told the Hunter Property Council that the 2015 election would serve as a “referendum” on Newcastle’s planning. Insinuations of community groups as a “vocal minority” she called on the “silent majority” to have their say on the issue of the rail closure and the Government’s revitalisation model at the ballot box. Well Ms ...

Save Our Rail July court date for Newcastle Rail line

A DECISION on whether the government has the power to remove Newcastle’s heavy rail line is unlikely to be resolved by a court before July – months after  a state election being touted as a referendum on the government’s revitalisation plans for the city, reports the Newcastle Herald. Overhead wiring and level crossing boom gates ...

Newcastle is being sold down the line — Make your vote count!

Can you trust the Baird government? Newcastle rail line to be privatised by acquisition of a government statutory development corporation established by the same legislation as UrbanGrowth. This can happen to you! TRICKY GOVERNMENT USED A “DEVICE” TO AVOID THE LAW Save Our Rail took NSW Government to court over their intended removal of the ...

Baird’s light rail plan equals no cycleway for Hunter St

Hunter St running light rail and the award winning Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy are like oil and water, they simply don’t mix. Why you ask? Well, there is simply not enough room in Hunter St. You see, a central element of the NURS is a boulevard-like transformation of Hunter St to include broadened, greened footpaths ...

SOR demonstration – “Seamless” (not!) transport system – Wed 25/03/2015

SAVE OUR RAIL DEMONSTRATION: NEWCASTLE’S SEAMLESS TRANSPORT SYSTEM : WED 25/03/15 When: 2pm, Wed 25/03/2015 Where: Newcastle Station Gather at Enterprise Park (opposite Newcastle Station) at 2.00 p.m. Bring items – suitcases, strollers, surfboards, backpacks, large art folders, large musical instrument etc Catch the 110 bus with us – connect “seamlessly” (not!) with your train! ...

Pre-election public meeting: 7-9pm, Newcastle City Hall, Mon 16 March 2015

Pre-election public meeting: 7-9pm, Newcastle City Hall, Mon 16 March 2015
Place: Newcastle City Hall Date: Monday 16 March 2015 Time: 7-9 pm Two of the Committee Members from the Upper House Inquiry will be coming to Newcastle to report on the Findings and recommendations of the NSW Parliamentary Inquiry and to answer questions. They are David Shoebridge (Greens) and Lynda Voltz (ALP). Click here for ...

Newcastle rail: July new date for rail decision appeal

THE fate of Newcastle’s heavy rail line appears unlikely to be decided by a court until at least July – months after the state election is held, reports the Newcastle Herald. In a decision handed down on Christmas Eve last year, the Supreme Court ruled that the government could not proceed with the removal of the ...

Roles in shaping city ‘too close for comfort’

AN ‘‘irreconcilable conflict’’ between the government’s roles as both developer and planner in the Newcastle city centre has undermined public confidence in the planning system and must be swiftly addressed, a parliamentary inquiry has found, as reported by the Newcastle Herald. The dual roles, in the form of the Department of Planning and government property ...

Newcastle rail Nile committee findings released – rail services should be immediately reinstated

Newcastle’s heavy rail services should be immediately reinstated and all planning decisions about land in city should be handed to Newcastle City Council, a parliamentary committee has recommended, reports the Maitland Mercury. The upper house inquiry into Newcastle planning decisions released its final report on Tuesday after five months of investigations and public hearings. … It ...

Three Maitland candidates to front forum on region’s transport

Liberal Steve Thomson will be the only state election candidate for Maitland who will not attend a forum on the region’s transport ­tomorrow night, reports the Maitland Mercury. Mr Thomson, who has previously told the Mercury that he is in favour of the government’s move of cutting the heavy rail line into Newcastle, declined an ...

Maitland political candidates forum – Wed 4th March, 7pm

Come to Maitland political candidates forum at St Peter’s church hall, Banks St, East Maitland on WEDNESDAY 4th March 2015 at 7pm. Event: Maitland Candidates’ Political Forum Date & Time: Wed 4 March, 2015 at 7 pm – 9.30 pm Venue: St Peter’s Hall, Banks St, East Maitland Candidates are asked to outline their policies, ...

NSW Government rejected advice on Newcastle light rail, opted for developers’ preference

NSW Government rejected advice on Newcastle light rail, opted for developers' preference
The NSW government rejected official advice about the best route for light rail into Newcastle in favour of a plan that may cost up to $100 million more, delivers a slower service and provides greater opportunities for property developers, reports the Newcastle Herald and the Sydney Morning Herald. Confidential cabinet documents reveal that, in December ...

Newcastle Town Hall meeting – Wed 11 Feb 2015 @ 7pm

Newcastle Town Hall meeting - Wed 11 Feb 2015 @ 7pm
The community group Hunter Concerned Citizens (of which SOR is a member) is holding a meeting in the Newcastle Town Hall, Wednesday 11th Feb, 7.00 p.m. Come and air your grievances! Election candidates will be there – hear their views on the rail closure – let them hear what the community needs. Gladys and Mike ...

Pru does it again – Confirms development plans for rail line – Media Release 07/02/2015

How can Mr Baird regain trust in his Government? The list below provides reasons Hunter residents have lost faith in this Government. Hazzard ABC 14/12/12 : “No intent to hand over for development – 100% intent of preserving corridor in public hands. There will be grass and trees.” Goward (06/02/15) for the second time reveals ...

This is a hold-up! / Here are the facts

This is a hold-up! / Here are the facts
Timely facts about the Newcastle rail line the from Hunter Concerned Citizens https://www.facebook.com/HunterConcernedCitizens  (Note: a text version appears below the flyer images).   Text version: THIS IS A HOLD-UP! The Baird state government is now forcing you to change between trains and buses, so they can carry out their $460million plan to cut the Newcastle ...

Your replacement bus experiences

Share your experiences of the replacement buses on our Facebook page. Here’s what one passenger reported today about the 12:15 from Newcastle to Broadmeadow: Took 80 minutes to get to Broadmeadow. Asked people to get off at Wickham as it was overloaded. Caused gridlock at Hamilton with cars honking their horns at the bus. A ...