Putting the cart before the horse – Media Release 20/07/2014

The geotechnical research announced as “Newcastle rail line truncation work begins” highlights the lack of proper planning by the NSW Government. (Newcastle Herald – Matt Carr 18/07/14) THIS GEOTECHNICAL RESEARCH IS PRELIMINARY WORK THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE TWO YEARS AGO BEFORE ANY DECISION WAS MADE. Gladys Berejiklian is only now beginning some of the ...

Rail line rip up is a rip off – Media Release 04/07/2014

“Gladys Berejiklian’s latest Media release seems to be lifted from “Yes Minister.”   She makes an announcement that tells us nothing new – we already have known since Hazzard was planning Minister that the NSW Government intended to truncate the Newcastle Rail Line with an interchange at Wickham. Now she announces that trains will stop running ...

SOR celebrates and lifts carpet – Media release 13/06/2014

Join with Save Our Rail to celebrate 30 years of electrified rail into Newcastle Saturday 14th June at Newcastle Leagues Club at 12 noon. The event is HIGH NOON IN JUNE – a title chosen to highlight the crisis facing the community with the threat of truncation, the battle to save the line and the ...

Truth will out – Media Release 12/06/2014

Pru Goward, Minister for Planning has come to town with promises to placate Newcastle. Having put her foot in her mouth, by letting the public know that there would be development on the rail corridor once those pesky trains have been removed, she is now trying to pull her foot back out. Trouble is Pru ...

Hoax leads to the Great Wall – Media Release 04/06/2014

Gladys began to tug at the zipper, but now Pru has let the cat out of the bag! Minister for the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian said she “would not rule out development on the line,” but Planning Minister Pru Goward has confirmed what Save Our Rail has realised for many years, that once the trains are ...

ICAC shadow hovers over Newcastle – Media Release 21/05/2014

When the ICAC delivers its findings they will land with a thud, forcing out a surge of muck that will envelop those involved in the corrupt conduct that is creating a force of destruction aimed at the heart of Newcastle. Already the ICAC carpet has been lifted at one corner, revealing a few grubs, now ...

SOR demands answers and a new broom – Media Release 12/05/2014

Save Our Rail has moved to seek answers from the Premier, Mike Baird, as to the full extent of funding irregularities at the last election and their consequences. “Mr Owen’s damning statement today, that he now realised it was “highly likely” there had been illegal donations to his election campaign is an indication that he ...

Giving with one hand taking away with the other – Media Release 08/05/2014

Brand new cars for intercity rail services, says Gladys Berejiklian. Sounded like a good news story!! Upgrading the intercity services with comfortable new cars should be great news for Newcastle, because we have a great intercity service running right into the heart of the city. This will help Government reach the transport target of increasing ...

Mr Baird stop this madness – Media Release 06/05/2014

Premier Baird has come into office idealistically declaring good intentions and a squeaky clean Cabinet. Sadly some of his team have proved to be tarnished. Already grot has been unearthed and no doubt there will be much more before the ICAC is finished digging. Mr Baird some of the corruption has been reaching into the ...

Gladys Berejiklian Minister for the Hunter – Media Release 26/04/2014

Save Our Rail would like to welcome Gladys Berejiklian as Minister for the Hunter and would again like to meet with her regarding transport for the whole Hunter Region. On hearing the remarks made by the Minister on ABC radio we applaud  her  praise for Barry O’Farrell in resigning under the circumstances and would like ...

Newcastle rail line – Media Release 08/03/2014

“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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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. ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 ...

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

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 – ...

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

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 ...