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 final paragraphs of the Newcastle Herald’s editorial (Sat 23/08/2014) asks some reasonable questions about the Wickham terminus carport: 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 ...

Scant detail about buses

As reported in the Newcastle Herald on Saturday 26 July 2014: PASSENGERS aren’t the only ones waiting for information from the state government about the bus services that will replace Newcastle’s heavy rail when work to truncate the line begins at Christmas. Its own city bus operator, Newcastle Buses, is also in the dark, according ...

Railway St rail crossing closure raises traffic fears in west end

As reported by ABC News on Saturday 26 July 2014: Businesses in Newcastle’s west end say there has been no consultation surrounding plans to permanently close a rail level crossing to cars and pedestrians. The Railway Street crossing connects several car dealerships in Hamilton with workshops and suppliers in Wickham. … The state government says ...

Tram vs car – the new Newcastle?

Tram vs car - the new Newcastle?
The Newcastle drivers who can’t wait a minute for train gates aren’t likely to look for trams. Expect more of this.

Restaurant owners and accommodation providers say they face financial ruin over Gold Coast tram noise

Is this what we have to look forward to in Newcastle? From the Gold Coast Bulletin, 26 June 2014: RESTAURANT owners and accommodation providers say they face financial ruin as visitors flee an ear-piercing screeching noise emitted by trams on the new light rail. The Bulletin is fielding increasing complaints from traders in Surfers Paradise ...

Rail corridor to be developed: Pru Goward

As reported in the Newcastle Herald on Wed 04/06/2014: THE state government has confirmed it will allow development on the Newcastle rail corridor. Despite previous indications from the government that the corridor would be reserved for green space and public use, Planning Minister Pru Goward said yesterday ‘‘there will also be some development’’ on the ...

SOR question Owens decision to stay

SOR question Owens decision to stay
The following article ran recently in the Portside Local, a free to home community focused paper distributed to 4400 homes and businesses every fortnight across the Port of Newcastle, NSW. As the ICAC investigation continues to sweep through NSW, Save Our Rail has moved to seek answers from the Premier, Mike Baird, as to the ...

Poll results: 72% oppose Govt “hybrid” light rail route

Poll results: 72% oppose Govt “hybrid” light rail route
72.7% oppose the NSW Government’s “hybrid” light rail route according to poll result from Newcastle Herald online poll Saturday 24/05/2014.

Rail corridor development not ruled out: poll [Newcastle Herald, Sat 24/05/2014]

The Newcastle Herald article includes a poll, the vast majority AGAINST the “hybrid” light rail route (Poll results: 27.8% yes vs. 72.2% NO at 5:53pm) THE Minister for the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian has refused to rule out development along a vacated Newcastle heavy rail corridor. As revealed on Friday in the Newcastle Herald, the government ...

‘Hybrid’ light rail route to go on train line & Hunter Street [Newcastle Herald, Fri 23/05/2014]

Friday’s Newcastle Herald covers the Government’s announcement of its ‘hybrid’ light rail route. NEWCASTLE’S light rail system will run down the heavy rail corridor from Wickham then shift to Hunter Street and Scott Street to arrive near the beach at Pacific Park, under a ‘‘hybrid’’ route the state government has selected. … The government hasn’t ...

SOR e-News: May 2014 Extra

Issue no. 15 May 2014 Extra | Joan Dawson, President Re One Term Tim This morning I was interviewed on ABC by Jill Emberson. My interview was based around the Press Conference called by Tim Owen with much fanfare over the weekend and most people thinking he would be resigning because of ICAC implicating him ...

SOR e-News: April/May 2014

Issue no. 14 April/May 2014 | Joan Dawson, President Welcome These “e briefing notes” are an important part of our communications with supporters. 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 ...

Traffic Chaos in Rio – Lessons for Newcastle

Submitted by Joan Dawson, President, Save Our Rail NSW Inc. The intention to sever Newcastle from all other cities by truncating the rail line should be opposed by all who care about the city and its future prospects. I have recently been in Rio de Janeiro where the traffic situation is hopeless, with buses end ...

No reason to remove the rail line

Originally posted by Tess Winter to the SOR Facebook page in a response to someone in favour of removal of the rail for no reason that he can explain.I would like to hear what you imagine the benefits will be… However, the only thing ‘cutting the city in half’ as you say is the lack ...

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 ...

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 ...