Rail cut will double travel time, says Save Our Rail president [Maitland Mercury, Tue 15/10/2013]

The Maitland Mercury ran an article “Rail cut will double travel time, says Save Our Rail president“:

Commute time between Maitland and Newcastle via rail would double if the state government agrees with the Newcastle Renewal Taskforce recommendation that the line should be cut at Broadmeadow, rail user Kim Cross said.

Ms Cross, the Maitland Save Our Rail president, said travelling on the heavy rail line between Maitland and Broadmeadow and then moving onto light rail for the remainder of the journey into Newcastle CBD would disadvantage commuters and discourage them from using public transport.

“Studies that were done when Broadmeadow was being ­mooted as the place to terminate the rail line in 2005 showed there would be a 60 per cent loss of patronage if a person’s travel time was lengthened,” Ms Cross said.

Read the full article online at the Maitland Mercury.