Media Release 08/03/2014 – Newcastle rail line

“Appalling!” is the response by the President of Save Our Rail Maitland, Kim Cross, to the apparent announcement by the state government that Maitland rail passengers will be diverted to Broadmeadow and bussed into the Newcastle CBD from December this year. “At a meeting with UrbanGrowth on Thursday it was confirmed that the government planned ...

Media Release 04/02/2014 – Save Our Rail sets out in new direction

Save Our Rail has begun discussions which could lead to taking a more political position up to the 2015 state election. This community group has almost exhausted every avenue in pursuit of the best interests of the Hunter community and in defending the most efficient transport provision for the City of Newcastle.  We firmly believe ...

Media Release 23/12/2013 – Huge cost; transport disadvantage; oxymoron

The use of $470 million to install 2.6 km of light rail in Newcastle ($180 million per km) would be grossly irresponsible even if it could result in any transport advantage. The light rail route alternatives being advanced will provide absolutely no benefit, but will guarantee a negative impact for Newcastle’s prospects into the future. ...

Media Release 19/11/2013 – Save Our Rail wants parliamentary enquiry following petition debate

Save Our Rail’s petition with over 11,000 signatures will be debated in the NSW Parliament on Thursday 21st November. “This is a signature event,” according to Joan Dawson Save Our Rail President. “Here we have a significant number of people willing to provide home details and sign a legal document to support retaining and improving ...

Huge support for petition to save rail line

Here is brief summary of recent media coverage of Save Our Rail’s 11,000 signature petition presentation to NSW parliament. Huge support for petition to save rail line [Maitland Mercury, Wed 13/11/2013] Eleven thousand signatures opposing the truncation of the Maitland-Newcastle rail line will be presented to NSW Parliament today as the government’s intentions for rail ...

Media Release 11/11/2013 – Save Our Rail to catch train with 10,000 signature petition

Save Our Rail has them in the bag and is off to catch the train with 10,000 signatures on a petition for presentation to the NSW Parliament. SOR representatives will carry the signatures to Sonia Hornery, Member for Wallsend at Parliament House on Wednesday, 13/11/13 at 11.30 a.m. With her to receive the petitions will ...

Rail cut will double travel time, says Save Our Rail president [Maitland Mercury, Tue 15/10/2013]

The Maitland Mercury ran an article “Rail cut will double travel time, says Save Our Rail president“: Commute time between Maitland and Newcastle via rail would double if the state government agrees with the Newcastle Renewal Taskforce recommendation that the line should be cut at Broadmeadow, rail user Kim Cross said. Ms Cross, the Maitland ...

Railfest – Sunday October 20th 2013 at Newcastle Foreshore Park – 11am to 3pm

Save Our Rail is planning to celebrate rail services with a great day out at Newcastle Foreshore Park.  “RAILFEST” will be on Sunday 20th October 2013 with all sorts of fun activities – face painting, music, entertainment and a sausage sizzle.  Groups are invited to be part of our festival and can contact Bobbie on ...

Media Release 10/10/2013 – Back to front with Broadmeadow revisited

Newcastle businesses were promised a dinky toy train as a sop to compensate for the sale of the city’s most valuable  asset, the Port of Newcastle. This was a bribe to keep criticism at bay. Now we learn the plan is to go “back to the future” with a previously rejected notion to cut the ...

SOR e-News 01/10/2013

Welcome Feedback to these e briefing continues to prove very positive. We are continuing to expand the distribution list so if this is your first edition welcome. The year is rolling on very fast and the Government continues to attempt to railroad the Hunter Community that truncation of the Intercity rail services is the way ...

Maintain trains transiting between Wickham and Newcastle

An open letter by John Muller, dated 1 September 2013: Maintain trains transiting between Wickham & Newcastle  “The minimalist solution with the maximum outcome for now and into the future. Save a quality service and really embrace the future opportunities of Newcastle, at half the cost.” My name is John Muller I am a property ...

Media Release 17/09/2013 – New train timetable crashes

It all depends if you live in Sydney or the bush whether the trains will give you the pleasant experience Gladys spoke about today on the radio. Those who live in Dungog and Scone, Singleton or Muswellbrook will feel crushed. There are no improvements to the appalling services  on the Hunter Lines and in fact ...

Media Release 24/06/2013 – Save Our Rail keeps on track

Save Our Rail yesterday determined to keep on track to ensure Newcastle and the Hunter benefit from any funding decisions with the best possible transport outcome. The Minister for transport in her ABC interview last Friday said she “couldn’t wait to get down and dirty in the planning” for Newcastle and also indicated that no ...

Media Release 18/06/2013 – Flog the port to flog the rail line!

What parallel universe do we live in? The O’Farrell Government is showing desperation with plans to sell off the Port of Newcastle in order to fund the destruction of the city’s major transport link, the heavy rail line direct to Newcastle Station and to the harbour. This is like selling off the family silver – ...

Media Release 10/06/2013 – Rail timetable breaks Gladys’ promise

The leaked draft  rail timetable (Sydney Morning Herald) signals a breach of promise by Gladys Berejiklian, who pledged to put the “customer” first.  Hunter Line train commuters hoped for improvements, such as more frequency of service, less crowding and some trains returning at night to Dungog and Scone lines. What do we get when this ...

Save Our Rail Lower Hunter Annual Report June 2013

Initially Save Our Rail had very little contact with the incoming Liberal/National Party state government despite attempts to have meetings with the new Premier, Barry O’Farrell and his ministers. Our only means of conveying our message regarding the future of the Newcastle Rail Line was to attend forums being organised by the planning and transport ...

SOR e-News 24/05/2013

SOR e-News 24/05/2013
Hello SOR friends, Garry Zimmerman, who is standing for election as SOR Secretary is currently gathering all signed petitions, to check, sort and count – a huge task he and his partner Sue are prepared to undertake . If you have any signed petitions please let me know –and include your address. This refers to ...

Media Release 05/05/2013 – Let trains lead us into the future

The Government’s plans for Newcastle are now imploding according to Save Our Rail. No longer can the long stream of misinformation and porkies keep pace with the reality that the intercity rail line to Newcastle Station is absolutely necessary for the continued improvement, growth and infill of Newcastle City Centre. There has been no community ...

URGENT: Petition for NSW Parliament — help us reach 10,000 pen and paper signatures!

URGENT: Petition for NSW Parliament -- help us reach 10,000 pen and paper signatures!
*** UPDATE DECEMBER 2013: Thanks! Our hard-copy petition to NSW Parliament reached over 11,000 signatures. *** We’re making the push to reach 10,000 hard-copy signatures on our petition to NSW parliament. We have thousands of signatures already but we need your help to gather more. By reaching 10,000 signatures we will force the House to ...

Negative impacts of the truncation of the rail line at Wickham

Below are just some of the reasons why the truncation of the rail line west of Stewart Avenue will not benefit the viability and future renewal of the Newcastle City Centre. Inconvenience of unnecessary interchange – ALL passengers would be affected by forced change of mode during trip. Loss of patronage – public transport will ...