Editorial: Time to see the rail papers

The Newcastle Herald’s editorial column is calling on the NSW government to release all of its railway papers, without delay.

[SOR does not agree with the editorial’s focus on re-examination of Woodville Junction but welcomes the paper’s demand of all rail papers to be made public.]

The parliamentary committee chaired by Fred Nile MLC  … has been able to use a parliamentary ‘‘order for papers’’ to amass a substantial amount of government information about the Wickham project and related subjects.

… and a number of predicted shortcomings about the Wickham decision are being belatedly confirmed.

Four years ago, predictions arose that Railway Street, Wickham, would have to close if the rail line was to terminate at Stewart Avenue.

Now, traffic modelling shows that the Railway Street closure will compromise Stewart Avenue traffic flows to the point that three of the four right-turn options where it crosses Hunter Street will have to go to manage traffic flows at peak times.

Findings such as this, emerging in an ad hoc manner, are unlikely to bolster confidence in the government’s decision-making powers.

Read the full editorial column at the Newcastle Herald.