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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Media Release 30/01/2013 – Maitland Council supports rail to Newcastle

Save Our Rail congratulates Maitland City Council, which has moved to support the retention of rail services direct to Newcastle Station. This reaffirms the previous Council’s support for rail connections between the two cities. Joan Dawson, SOR President said “It is important for the communities currently enjoying the benefits of direct rail transport to Newcastle ...

Media release 14/12/2012 – O’Farrell Government decision to cut Newcastle rail line

Save Our Rail condemns the O’Farrell Liberal Government over the decision to cut the Newcastle Rail Line at Wickham. “This is a mean and spiteful decision, a blow to the community delivered below the belt in cowardly fashion just in time for Christmas”, said Save Our Rail President, Joan Dawson. Save Our Rail sees this ...

Media Release 13/11/2012 – Newcastle has huge festival, mass transport but no info

MEDIA RELEASE – SAVE OUR RAIL NSW INCORPORATED NEWCASTLE HAS HUGE FESTIVAL, MASS TRANSPORT BUT NO INFO CITYFEST – THE MAJOR event of the year in terms of anticipated numbers, figure of 20,000, comes to Newcastle next weekend. This is HUGE. Grand transport plans including 28 extra train services to run as shuttles between Broadmeadow ...

MEDIA RELEASE 11/11/2012 – Government must test replacement system before any rail cut decision, says Save Our Rail

Save our Rail today calls on the NSW Government to conduct a trial suspension of rail services before making any final decision to cut Newcastle rail infrastructure or services. Responding to strong rumours that a decision to cut the Newcastle rail line was imminent, Joan Dawson, President of Save Our Rail, said it would be ...

Press Release – 28/11/2010 – WesTrans launch

Press Release - 28/11/2010 - WesTrans launch
MEDIA RELEASE (28/11/10) LAUNCH OF WESTRANS (Western Transport Initiative) CONCEPT Save Our Rail NSW Inc launched its proposal for the concept of additional transport services in the Hunter Region on Friday 26th November at the Diggers Club, Wallsend. A crucial first step in the process of gaining funding which would benefit the entire Hunter area ...

Press Release – 24/08/2010

Save Our Rail NSW Inc – Press Release 24/08/2010 Save Our Rail is not surprised by the GPT announcement regarding their intention to pull out of their Newcastle CBD retail and residential proposal. Commercial reality has been accepted by GPT. Newcastle does not have the population to support such a development. The fact that the ...

GPT Development and the Newcastle Rail Line

Save Our Rail has never been opposed to development in the Newcastle CBD and it is long been on the public record as regards the need for greater pedestrian access between Hunter St and the Honeysuckle/Foreshore area. Save Our Rail has been vigorously promoting a development plan for the Newcastle CBD since it was first ...

“Rail line will be staying” : NSW Premier

Save Our Rail welcomes the NSW Government decision to retain rail services to Newcastle. We will be constructively engaging in discussions with the government regarding the $20 million. We do not accept the Chamber of Commerce model as workable because of major technical flaws and concern over the proposed change of mode which would impact ...

Professor Currie Gives Rail Closure Advocates Curry

Newcastle Council Chambers – Today Prof Graham Currie [1] slammed the reports used to recommend the closure of the Newcastle rail. Internationally recognised transport expert Prof Graham Currie addressed Newcastle Council which had commissioned him to provide an independent review of the reports recommending the closure of the Newcastle rail line. Prof Currie pointed out ...