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 ...

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 ...

Letter: Rail enhances visitors’ stay

Rail enhances visitors’ stay (via letter to the Newcastle Herald): RECENTLY we spent time with visitors to Newcastle from Tasmania, who came for our jazz festival. … They can’t believe that the government is shutting down the train into our city. … We showed him where the new university campus, for 4000 students, and the ...

No benefit for elderly

As reported in the Maitland Mercury, cutting Newcastle rail line will disadvantage elderly and young people who live in regional parts of the Hunter. Joan Dawson, a member of Save Our Rail, the organisation working to have the rail decision overturned, said the rail cut would affect the people who relied on public transport most. ...

The Hunter deserves better say supporters : photos

The Hunter deserves better say supporters : photos
AROUND 400 supporters converged on Civic Park today for the ‘Hunter Deserves Better’ Rally.  Coverage at the Newcastle Herald: The rally was organised to draw attention to the various community groups concerned with what they feel is a lack of ‘sensible and transparent planning’ for the Hunter region by the NSW Government. … “The strength of ...

Save Our Rail submission to Wickham Interchange REF

Joan Dawson President Save Our Rail NSW Inc. 30/08/14 SUBMISSION TO TRANSPORT FOR NSW RE WICKHAM INTERCHANGE REF Save Our Rail NSW Inc is a non – party political community organisation which promotes improvement to public transport and has a central aim of retaining the rail line to Newcastle Station. Following the presentation of the ...

#SaveHunterRail: Ongoing press coverage at the Maitland Mercury

#SaveHunterRail: Ongoing press coverage at the Maitland Mercury
The Maitland Mercury and has been providing extensive coverage of the shameful Newcastle Rail truncation as part of its Get On Board: help us #SaveHunterRail grass roots community campaign. A newspaper’s job is to advocate for its readers when they need it most. The Singleton Argus, The Scone Advocate, Cessnock Advertiser, Muswellbrook Chronicle and Dungog ...

Cutting Newcastle rail line at Wickham would be a backward step: former resident

Cutting Newcastle rail line at Wickham would be a backward step: former resident
The Maitland Mercury continues its coverage of the Newcastle Rail truncation: The Hunter should take a leaf out of London’s book when it comes to public transport. That’s what a former Hunter resident living in the United Kingdom thinks. Paul Newman has been following the public debate on the plan to remove Newcastle rail line. ...

Why would they close Newcastle Rail line?

Why would they close Newcastle Rail line?
Why would they close Newcastle Rail Line? To get the land and the “prize” is Newcastle Station. The rail corridor has the most development value of any land in Newcastle. It is almost the only land in the city not undermined by old coal mines. This means: Mine Subsidence Board approval would not be an ...

Letter: There are no trams, there will be no trams

There are no trams, there will be no trams (via letter to Newcastle Herald): LET me state what I believe is the bleeding obvious: There are no trams, there will be no trams. There are none in the BBQ shelter drawings (aka Wickham interchange plans), there are none in the transport study, there are none ...

“Skytrain” in Sydney – why not in Newcastle?

Newcastle’s different. In 2008 when SOR proposed a SkyTrain to cross Stewart Av at Wickham the idea was dismissed by the NSW Govt and Hunter Development Corporation. Are you aware that the new North West Rail Link “skytrain” will run above ground for 4 km between Kellyville and Rouse Hill? And that the contracted price ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...