As reported by ABC News on Saturday 26 July 2014:
Businesses in Newcastle’s west end say there has been no consultation surrounding plans to permanently close a rail level crossing to cars and pedestrians.
The Railway Street crossing connects several car dealerships in Hamilton with workshops and suppliers in Wickham.
The state government says the crossing will be closed from Boxing Day as part of plans to build the new rail interchange at Wickham, bringing new infrastructure and increased train movements around Railway Street.
Peter Hodgins from Regal Motors in Hunter Street says it will be a huge headache for his business.
“It’s part of our test drive route,” he said.
“It also connects us to our pre-delivery site, we have other buildings over the other side (of the rail line).
“I guess it’s the inconvenience, the time lost connecting with the other parts of our business.
“Also, pedestrian access, because currently there’s no parking available for our staff in Hunter street so our staff have to park on the other side of that railway crossing.”
Transport for NSW says pedestrians will be forced to used the Stewart Avenue crossing and it will release more detail in its Review of Environment Factors document, due out soon.