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Video: Questions raised as geotechnical work starts on rail corridor

Video: Questions raised as geotechnical work starts on rail corridor
It’s being labelled “provocative” – ground testing, which has begun along Newcastle’s rail corridor between the city’s west and Newcastle station. Save Our Rail and some residents believe it’s evidence the state has plans for MORE development and they say it should wait until after July’s Supreme Court appeal. Watch the NBN News report online.

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Video: Minister Goward: “No development [on the corridor]? No I don’t think so”

This NBN News report features a quote from Minister for Planning, Pru Goward, stating “Was there ever going to be no development? No I don’t think so.” (She must have forgotten saying there were no proposals before the government to develop the corridor once the heavy rail was truncated and light rail installed along part ...

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 ...

HDC to take possession of Newcastle rail corridor in January

THE Hunter Development Corporation is expected to take possession of Newcastle’s rail corridor in January, despite the Supreme Court rejecting the government’s argument that it does not need Parliament’s approval to truncate the rail if it transfers the land from one agency to another, reports the Newcastle Herald. … However, [Justice Michael Adams] rejected on ...

Rail works send young Lass O’Gowrie patrons into back streets

MORE young people are wandering through Newcastle’s poorly lit back streets in the early hours of the morning to get home from late night venues since truncation related works on the rail line began on Boxing Day, reports the Newcastle Herald. On December 26, Railway Street at Wickham, on which the popular live music venue ...

Save Our Rail wins order to stop removal of track

Save Our Rail wins order to stop removal of track
The NSW government will be unable to remove railway tracks through the centre of Newcastle for the time being after a community group won a last-ditch court judgement, reports the Newcastle Herald. The victory for the Save Our Rail group followed the government’s extraordinary manoeuvre in which it attempted to bypass laws preventing the disposal ...

Newcastle rail injunction to be decided

THE Hunter Development Corporation is poised to ‘‘compulsorily acquire’’ the Newcastle rail corridor  as part of what a judge has described as an  unfair government ‘‘device’’ intended to circumvent laws requiring an Act of Parliament before the rail line is removed, as reported in the Newcastle Herald. Under the elaborate arrangements, which came to light ...