Busy Newcastle Station – New Year’s Eve 2009

No one catches the train to Newcastle? Save Our Rail begs to differ! HDC’s proposed buses — whether Hunter Street buses, “magical” buses, “blue shuttle” buses, super-mega-hyper-low emission flying buses — could never cope with the peak loads generated by special events. Note that the Hunter Street buses were also running this evening. Watch at ...

Fate of Newcastle rail still in the balance

Fate of Newcastle rail still in the balance
Originally published December 7, 2009 as a feature article in NSW Teachers Federation “Education” newspaper: www.nswtf.org.au/edu_online/133/railhang.html By Justin Ballis Labor conspicuously vague on cutting the line but Liberals may not be so reticent. For public transport lobbyists in the Hunter, the irony would be bitter. After community opposition stung the Rees Government into dropping unpopular ...

Our response to the HDC report

The Hunter Development Corporation (HDC) report does not have adequate reasons for any removal of the direct heavy rail into Newcastle, therefore we urge the State Government to ignore this flawed report and to fully examine other options for Newcastle’s improvement. The proposals put forward by Save Our Rail for crossings, a viaduct and other ...

Woonona: A New Level Crossing In Action

Safe, convenient, and not that expensive. Woonona (near Wollongong) has new pedestrian access across its railway line thanks to a new level crossing opened in early 2009. Save Our Rail would like a few of these for Newcastle’s CBD. Why remove Newcastle’s railway when you can improve? We say “improve, not remove”. Take a look ...

Public Meeting – May 2009

Saturday 2nd May 2009 – 2pm to 4pm Polish Hall, Maitland Grant Street (behind Maitland Town Hall) Guest Speaker: Professor Howard Dick Howard Dick is a Professor at University of Melbourne and was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. He will be speaking about the “Economic Benefits of Keeping the Line into Newcastle“. ...

Critique of GPT Proposal

We have prepared a document explaining why we oppose the GPT transport proposal. We do not oppose their mall redevelopment but do reject their assertion that the “rail must go” in order to proceed with their development. Appendix B – Review of GPT Proposal (0.2 MB) high quality, suitable for printing Save Our Rail opposes rail ...