Rail hearing told survey was flawed

As reported in the Maitland Mercury, advocates for retaining the train line between Wickham and Newcastle have had their say to the committee set up to investigate recent planning decisions in the Hunter.

Save Our Rail vice-president Kim Cross was one of the witnesses who fronted the inquiry in the afternoon to give the group’s perspective on how the decision to cut the line at Wickham was biased.

The survey, conducted by Hunter Valley Research Foundation, found that 93 per cent of respondents wanted a change to the inner city rail corridor and 63 per cent were in favour of removing the train line.

Ms Cross said the sample consisted mostly of people from traditionally conservative suburbs such as Lambton, Merewether and Adamstown, where many residents experienced regular frustration with the train line at the Adamstown gates.

While the Nile committee wants the government to delay closure of the rail line until after it releases its findings on March 5, it does not have the power to force the Coalition to put its tools down.

Read the full article at the Maitland Mercury.