Save Newcastle Rail Line — it’s worth the fight!

It’s hard to find any city where central rail lines are removed, let alone the sole one. Why would such a decision be made, when throughout the world cities are putting in rail?

But the NSW Government says Newcastle will lose its trains at Christmas. (If cutting train lines is such a good idea why not cut the Cronulla service back a couple of stations?)

People are being allowed to think the rail corridor will be open space, but the minister let it slip the corridor would be built on. Why the hurry to cut the rail line?

Polling shows the large majority want the rail corridor used for transport. Save Our Rail presented a petition of over 11,000 signatures to NSW Parliament in November 2013.

A traffic and parking nightmare on Hunter Street will welcome thousands of students and staff of the University’s CBD campus. Right opposite Civic Station but with only FIVE car parking spaces, and the direct rail is to be terminated at Wickham?

Newcastle has an intercity link to Sydney, Central Coast, Maitland and the Hunter region. There is no promotion of rail travel to Newcastle, though it boasts this direct railway connection right to the coast.

The money for the government’s proposals would just as easily allow all the easy crossing that is possible, with trains, without future demands on the budget.

Future Transport Needs

[NOTE: October 2008: This plan is being currently being expanded to address all north-south connectivity issues, as per our October 19th media release, and will deliver a solution superior to GPT’s proposal while retaining the rail. When ready, it will be posted on this website.] — Proposal now available here. A delegation from Save Our ...