Newspaper coverage of SOR’s Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy (NURS) submission appeared in the Maitland Mercury on Wednesday 24/04/2013: Where’s the evidence? A small excerpt appears below:
Save Our Rail has challenged the state government to “show them the evidence” that the Maitland-Newcastle rail line is toxic to redevelopment in Newcastle CBD.
In a submission to the Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy, the group argued there was no evidence that the line would hinder the creation of the vibrant city the government had in mind.
Ms Dawson said the proposed transport system would never be seamless and the government must reveal what studies it had conducted to determine commuter time into the CBD if the line ended at Wickham.
She said the government’s concern that the rail line divided the city could easily be overcome with careful planning by installing more pedestrian level crossings between Wickham and Civic stations or non-level crossings between Hamilton and Newcastle.