The light rail proposal for Newcastle has eerie similarities to Sydney’s monorail

Newcastle-based planner and urban designer Stacey Brodbeck writes in her Newcastle Herald opinion piece: … Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many try and point out the shortcomings of a shiny government project – those that hold the power usually get their way. Yet sometimes time reveals the truth – and those that choose to ignore a tsunami ...

Save Our Rail submission to Upper House Inquiry into Crown Land

Save Our Rail submission to Upper House Inquiry into Crown Land
Read our submission to the NSW Upper House Inquiry Into Crown Land (PDF file here). Save Our Rail recommends that rather than changes which allow greater flexibility and loss of public amenity the laws pertaining to the Crown Lands Act 1989 need to be tightened and more strictly adhered to. There seems to be a ...

Keep Rail on the Corridor (KROC) submission to Upper House Inquiry into Crown Land

Keep Rail on the Corridor (KROC) is an alliance of Hunter Valley and Newcastle Community Groups and their submission the NSW Upper House Inquiry into Crown Land is complementary to the Save Our Rail submission. Read the KROC submission at the NSW Upper House Inquiry website. Keep Rail On the Corridor (KROC) supports improved legislation, ...

Save Our Rail submission on Newcastle Light Rail REF

Save Our Rail submission on Newcastle Light Rail REF
A summary of SOR’s submission to the Newcastle Light Rail REF is given below. The full SOR submission can be found here (PDF document). The Newcastle Herald is maintaining a list of submission on its website. Transport needs were identified by Save Our Rail at workshops in 5 locations prior to writing major submissions on ...

Newcastle light rail submissions to Baird government

Read some of the submissions made to the light rail project at the Newcastle Herald.

Hunter Street business say light rail parking loss will kill their businesses

HUNTER Street retailers were considering a class action against the state government if the proposed Hunter Street light rail damaged their businesses, government representatives were told at a meeting in Newcastle on Monday, as reported in the Newcastle Herald. More than 30 business owners or their representatives crowded into a room at Passmores’ Business and ...

Proposed light rail “barely twice walking speed”

RUNNING light rail down Hunter Street would “drive a stake through the heart of Newcastle”, an alliance of community groups including Save Our Rail has heard, reports the Newcastle Herald. More than 300 people packed Newcastle Leagues Club on Monday night as opponents to the state government’s light rail plan vowed to “embarrass” Premier Mike Baird in ...

Newcastle light rail and Cabinet deliberations

Apologies for another light rail column, but I can’t escape the feeling we may be sleepwalking into a planning disaster, and I don’t want to have to say “I did nothing” if someone comes up to me in 20 years time and asks me how all of this happened, writes Ian Kirkwood at the Newcastle ...

Former Newcastle lord mayor Jeff McCloy slams the light rail route he helped create

In June 2013, Cr McCloy – as he was then – wanted light rail running down Hunter Street, reports the Newcastle Herald. Now there was money to pay for it, the lord mayor was adamant that light rail “must” run down Hunter Street. Now however, Mr McCloy has a dramatically different view, saying the government’s plan is “a recipe ...