No benefit for elderly

As reported in the Maitland Mercury, cutting Newcastle rail line will disadvantage elderly and young people who live in regional parts of the Hunter.

Joan Dawson, a member of Save Our Rail, the organisation working to have the rail decision overturned, said the rail cut would affect the people who relied on public transport most.

“We just take it for granted that you can grab your surf board, get on the train and go to the beach, join with mates and have a day out,” she wrote in a letter to the Mercury.

“The older people may use it to get to the specialist or visit friends, or simply have a day out, maybe a jaunt to Stockton on the ferry.

“It’s easy, the train takes you to Newcastle station or Civic and it’s a short walk to where you want to go.”

Read the full article at the Maitland Mercury.