• NEED MORE CROSSINGS! -- “archway” pedestrian crossing at Worth Place -- SOR 2008 proposal
  • WHY NOT NEWCASTLE? -- Sydney’s “SkyTrain” – Northwest Rail Link across Windsor Road
  • CROSSING NEVER BUILT! -- Market Street pedestrian level crossing – 1981 Foreshore competition winning design
  • NO LIGHT RAIL INCLUDED! -- Wickham "carport on steroids"
  • IT'S A LAND GRAB! -- GPT’s 2008 plan to build on the rail line and foreshore
  • WHY NOT NEWCASTLE? -- Vancouver “Sky Train” station – SOR 2008 proposes similar at Stewart Avenue

Save Newcastle Rail Line — it’s worth the fight!

It’s hard to find any city where central rail lines are removed, let alone the sole one. Why would such a decision be made, when throughout the world cities are putting in rail?

But the NSW Government says Newcastle will lose its trains at Christmas. (If cutting train lines is such a good idea why not cut the Cronulla service back a couple of stations?)

People are being allowed to think the rail corridor will be open space, but the minister let it slip the corridor would be built on. Why the hurry to cut the rail line?

Polling shows the large majority want the rail corridor used for transport. A petition of over 11,000 signatures was presented by Save Our Rail to NSW Parliament in November 2013.

A traffic and parking nightmare on Hunter Street will welcome thousands of students and staff of the University’s CBD campus. Right opposite Civic Station but with only FIVE car parking spaces, and the direct rail is to be terminated at Wickham?

Trains that come right to the coast. Newcastle has an intercity link to Sydney, Central Coast, Maitland and the Hunter region. There is no promotion of rail travel to Newcastle, though it boasts this direct railway connection.

The money for the government’s proposals would just as easily allow all the easy crossing that is possible, with trains, without future demands on the budget.


SOR wins by-elections – Media release 29/10/2014

Candidates get on the right track! Save Our Rail claims victory in the by-elections for the seats of Newcastle and Charlestown! We didn’t need to support candidates in the election – in fact we don’t do that ever – because we have members from all sides of politics. However, because the threat of rail closure ...

Video: The A-Team – Newcastle Rail Line

Social commentary on the issues surrounding the planned closure of Newcastle’s 150 year old CBD rail line and inner city mass-transit system by the NSW Liberal state government.

Would you drop the best player? – Media release 17/10/2014

No coach in their right mind would drop the best player in their team – they would be putting investment into that one and boosting the chances of success in reaching their goals! Not so our Gladys! Hunter trains recorded the highest level of satisfaction in the state – according to her own index created ...

Video: Private member’s bill introduced to preserve Newcastle rail corridor

Video: Private member’s bill introduced to preserve Newcastle rail corridor
NBN News reports that growing suspicion over the possible development of Newcastle’s rail corridor has prompted Independent MP Greg Piper to introduce a private member’s bill in state parliament. The Transport Minister has only fuelled speculation, by saying “no decision has been made”. Watch the video at NBN News.

The buses during construction

Facts Trains from Boxing Day 2014 will terminate at Broadmeadow. As Hamilton becomes serviceable some trains may continue to Hamilton. Buses will pick up on the southern side of Broadmeadow station in the area where the Taxis now stand. The taxis are to be relocated with the no position likely to be less favourable to ...

Tourism to go the way of the rail line – Media release 08/10/2014

Newcastle wins an award it may deserve for its natural and built historical assets, but which the city’s tourist bureau, if it exists, certainly has not earned. The promotion of this city with its gorgeous beaches, its heritage buildings and efficient intercity rail connection is abysmal. It is my opinion the accolades should go to ...

FULL STEAM AHEAD to save Newcastle Rail – Media release 29/08/2014

FULL STEAM AHEAD is not only an apt name for the next SOR event, but also signals our intention to push on with determination to succeed in keeping direct rail services to Newcastle. Save Our Rail will be at Newcastle Station at 11.00 a.m. next Saturday, 4th October to GREET AND WELCOME trains STEAMING INTO ...

Event: FULL STEAM AHEAD – October long weekend Newcastle Station and Foreshore

Event: FULL STEAM AHEAD - October long weekend Newcastle Station and Foreshore
When/Where: Sat 4th, Sun 5th, Mon 6th October 2014. 10 am – 4 pm at Newcastle Railway Station and Foreshore. Steam train welcome: Save Our Rail will be at Newcastle Station at 11.00 a.m. next Saturday, 4th October to GREET AND WELCOME trains STEAMING INTO NEWCASTLE. The “Newcastle City Steam Weekend” is being run by ...

Cut rail + city campus – car parking = chaos! — Media release 23/09/2014

The University of Newcastle, in being led to the development table proposes a building that will be loved or hated for its prickly design but will certainly create parking problems with its provision of only 5 car parking spaces if the rail line is cut. The lack of student parking indicates the University building designers ...

Traffic and parking problems predicted for University city campus

Traffic and parking problems predicted for University city campus
From the University’s who da thunk it department, the Newcastle Herald reports on the traffic and parking chaos to come from the University of Newcastle’s CBD campus. The article omits to mention that Civic Station sits opposite the new campus. A PhD is not required to work out that by keeping the existing rail to ...

ICAC fallout leads to parliamentary inquiry

The Maitland Mercury reports that the people of Maitland will finally have their voices heard after a parliamentary committee to ­investigate planning decisions in Newcastle, including the rail cut, was established. … “From what the people of Maitland have told me and my colleagues is that no one wants to catch the train almost to Newcastle.” ...

Newcastle planning inquiry gets green light

The decision to terminate the Newcastle heavy rail line at Wickham will be examined by the planning inquiry committee, reports the Newcastle Herald. A COMMITTEE set up to inquire into contentious Hunter planning decisions, including the truncation of Newcastle’s heavy rail, could potentially call former MPs Andrew Cornwell and Tim Owen as well as ministers ...

BREAKING: Newcastle rail line inquiry

As reported in the Maitland Mercury: The NSW Upper House has supported a motion to establish a parliamentary inquiry into a number of contentious planning decisions in Newcastle. This includes the T4 coal loader and the truncation of the Newcastle rail line. Greens MP David Shoebridge’s motion to establish a select committee was passed on ...

Rail line investigation call: POLL

This report in the Maitland Mercury includes an online poll. Vote YES in support of reversing the rail cut decision. A parliamentary committee will investigate planning decisions in Newcastle, including the rail cut, if Greens MLC David Shoebridge gets his way. He believes he will have a majority when he puts a motion to Parliament ...

Video: Campaigning underway in Newcastle byelection

Video: Campaigning underway in Newcastle byelection
ABC 7.30 Report NSW has a video report about Labour, Greens and Independents battling for the seat of Newcastle, left empty after Liberal MP Tim Owen resigned over ICAC allegations.

Letter: Proposals won’t benefit our city

Proposals won’t benefit our city (via letter to the Newcastle Herald): … And I can’t see how removing the rail line will ‘‘marry Honeysuckle to Hunter Street’’. Planning Minister Pru Goward has revealed plans for another row of buildings on the rail corridor. No transport expert I know of has endorsed removing the rail. Is ...

Parliamentary inquiry likely for rail line

A parliamentary inquiry into contentious Hunter planning decisions, including the truncation of Newcastle’s heavy rail, looks set to go ahead with the crossbench indicating it will provide the key support needed to set it up, reports the Newcastle Herald. The Christian Democrats and the Shooters and Fishers MPs, who share the balance of power in ...

Coaltion urged to stop Newcastle rail cut

A Bellbird man has urged the Coalition state government to delay the Newcastle rail line closure until after the March election, reports the Maitland Mercury: … “This current plan to remove the heavy rail into Newcastle beggars belief,” he said. “This facility services the people of not only Newcastle but the entire Hunter Valley and ...

Letter: Don’t dismantle public transport

Don’t dismantle public transport (via letter to the Newcastle Herald): ASIO  tells us that Australia’s terror alert should be raised from medium to high, indicating an attack is likely rather than possible. But our NSW Minister for Transport is racing to destroy the core public transport system of a highly strategic Australian city before anyone ...

Rail travel problems taste of future

Rail travel problems taste of future
People travelling from Maitland, Dungog and the upper reaches of the Hunter had to contend with scheduled track work on the Newcastle line last weekend, as reported in the Maitland Mercury: Commuters from the greater Hunter have had a taste of ­public transport difficulties ahead of the planned closure of Newcastle rail line. People travelling ...