MORE young people are wandering through Newcastle’s poorly lit back streets in the early hours of the morning to get home from late night venues since truncation related works on the rail line began on Boxing Day, reports the Newcastle Herald.
On December 26, Railway Street at Wickham, on which the popular live music venue the Lass O’Gowrie Hotel is located, was cut in two severing a brightly lit thoroughfare for pedestrians between the two sides of the city.
Security guards now man the fenced work-site on the rail line around the clock to ensure anyone who attempts the crossing on foot does not succeed. However, no well-lit alternative route for foot traffic has been provided.
Hotel licensee Ian Lobb said the situation was dangerous and told Transport for NSW about his concerns four weeks ago.