Save Our Rail’s Plan Presented to Govt

On Thursday 23rd March 2006, Save Our Rail met with representatives from the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Implementation Group (IIG).

Save Our Rail put forward its proposal on how best to spend the recently announced $20 million allocated to improving the Newcastle Rail Line, including:

  • ticketing integration
  • signalling upgrade
  • increased access and crossing improvements
  • grade separation at Stewart Ave
  • beautification programs

Also, we took the opportunity to highlight the major flaws in the proposal put forward by the Hunter Business Chamber (i.e. their plan to divert all electric trains to a new terminus at Warabrook, keeping only diesel trains running in the Newcastle at a very slow 20 km/h).

Our presentation “Newcastle Rail Improvements for the Hunter”, plus the critical review of the Chamber’s proposal. Our submission is available electronically via the links below:


The main part of the presentation was a document titled “Newcastle Rail Improvements for the Hunter“, which was summarised and illustrated via an accompanying PowerPoint presentation.

Our presentation included:

  • A statistical analysis of the returned Save Our Rail postcards (1776 of them), including:
    • information on why the public used rail transport
    • where the respondents lived
  • Positive proposals for the future, including:
    • ticketing integration
    • signalling upgrade
    • increased access and crossing improvements
    • grade separation at Stewart Ave
    • beautification programs

In addition to Save Our Rail’s suggestions for improvements to rail line, we took the opportunity to highlight the major flaws in the proposal put forward by the Hunter Business Chamber (i.e. their plan to divert all electric trains to a new terminus at Warabrook, keeping only diesel trains running in the Newcastle at a very slow 20 km/h).

Our main concerns with the Hunter Business Chamber’s rail plan relate to these critical flaws:

  1. Passenger disadvantage which would cause a loss of patronage.
  2. Technical implementation problems and costs.
  3. Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) lease issues.

Finally, we mentioned the Glendale Interchange being integral to the Hunter Region’s transport system. Save Our Rail would like to be involved in future meetings regarding Glendale and will prepare a separate proposal on this specific item.

SOR was pleased by the respectful and considerate manner of the IIG members, and we look forward to fast and positive outcomes with some optimism.