May Day march: Saturday 4th May 2013 @ 10am

Show your support for keeping the Newcastle rail line by joining Save Our Rail in this year’s May Day march. It is on Saturday 4th May 2013 at 10.00 a.m. Assemble in the park adjacent to Hamilton Station.

SOR’s submission to the Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy (NURS)

SOR's submission to the Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy (NURS)
Save Our Rail’s Submission to the NURS (4.9 MB) high quality, suitable for printing The NURS 2012 document has initiatives for improvement but ALL of the proposals can be achieved without  rail truncation.

Sign our online petition

Please show your support and sign our online petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/nsw-state-government-maintain-inter-city-trains-transiting-between-wickham-newcastle Passenger trains are the most efficient form of transport and are resistant to congestion. Newcastle city has an anticipated growth of 10000 to 12000 people in the foreseeable future through the Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy. Keeping the trains is the best way to keep ...

Save rail line into Newcastle

Save rail line into Newcastle
Originally published March 11, 2013 as an article in NSW Teachers Federation “Education” newspaper: http://www.nswtf.org.au/journal/education-94-02/index.html by Wayne Webber, Assistant General Secretary (Schools) About 500 people travelled from the Hunter Valley and Central Coast to a rally held outside Parliament House, Sydney on February 19. The rally was held as part of an ongoing community campaign ...

SOR rally at Parliament House (Sydney) – Tues 19 Feb 2013 @ 11am

SOR rally at Parliament House (Sydney) - Tues 19 Feb 2013 @ 11am
Rally at Parliament House, Macquarie Street Sydney, Tuesday 19 February at 11.00am. Catch the 8.03 am train from Newcastle. Also, later that evening, Politics in the Pub at the Hamilton Station Hotel, 6.30 pm featuring a special guest speaker. Help us get the messages around the community. Keep up the good work with the petitions. ...

Maitland Council supports rail to Newcastle – Media Release 30/01/2013

Save Our Rail congratulates Maitland City Council, which has moved to support the retention of rail services direct to Newcastle Station. This reaffirms the previous Council’s support for rail connections between the two cities. Joan Dawson, SOR President said “It is important for the communities currently enjoying the benefits of direct rail transport to Newcastle ...

SOR Meeting – Wed 19/12/2012 – Hamilton Station Hotel @ 5.00pm

Save Our Rail will be holding a meeting on Wednesday 19th December 2012 at 5.00pm, at Hamilton Station Hotel, reporting on the latest attempts to close our passenger rail services into Newcastle. Politicians have been invited to “stand with SOR to oppose decision to cut rail line”. Wednesday 19th Dec 2012, Hamilton Station Hotel, 5.00 ...

O’Farrell Government decision to cut Newcastle rail line – Media release 14/12/2012

Save Our Rail condemns the O’Farrell Liberal Government over the decision to cut the Newcastle Rail Line at Wickham. “This is a mean and spiteful decision, a blow to the community delivered below the belt in cowardly fashion just in time for Christmas”, said Save Our Rail President, Joan Dawson. Save Our Rail sees this ...

Save Our Rail petition forms for printing

Save Our Rail petition forms for printing
It has become apparent that SOR needs to ramp up its activity in order to save the rail line from truncation. As part of this activity there is an urgent need to develop some new petitions and for all to become very active in obtaining signatures. Attached are copies of the two paper petitions. Please ...

Newcastle has huge festival, mass transport but no info – Media Release 13/11/2012

MEDIA RELEASE – SAVE OUR RAIL NSW INCORPORATED NEWCASTLE HAS HUGE FESTIVAL, MASS TRANSPORT BUT NO INFO CITYFEST – THE MAJOR event of the year in terms of anticipated numbers, figure of 20,000, comes to Newcastle next weekend. This is HUGE. Grand transport plans including 28 extra train services to run as shuttles between Broadmeadow ...

S.O.R. Lower Hunter special meeting 14/11/2012 re: trial of rail cut

Dear members, The Management committee of Save Our Rail NSW Inc has made a decision to call on the Government to implement a trial of cutting the rail line. We urge you to consider this important initiative taken by the committee, which is earnestly committed to the retention of the intercity rail line direct to ...

Letter to Lord Mayor of Newcastle re: trial cut of Newcastle rail line

The Lord Mayor of Newcastle Councillor Jeff McCloy c/- Newcastle City Council Save Our Rail NSW Inc yesterday issued a media release (attached) calling on the Government to test with full costing and appropriate evaluation, the proposed replacement system before any decision to cut the rail services or infrastructure to Newcastle Station Save Our Rail ...

Letter to Premier re: trial cut of Newcastle rail line

The Premier of NSW The Hon Barry O’Farrell, MP Dear Mr O’Farrell, Save Our Rail calls on Government to trial cut of Newcastle rail line Save Our Rail NSW Inc has issued a media release, (attached) which calls on the Government of NSW to carry out a trial of any proposed replacement system intended for ...

Government must test replacement system before any rail cut decision, says Save Our Rail – MEDIA RELEASE 11/11/2012

Save our Rail today calls on the NSW Government to conduct a trial suspension of rail services before making any final decision to cut Newcastle rail infrastructure or services. Responding to strong rumours that a decision to cut the Newcastle rail line was imminent, Joan Dawson, President of Save Our Rail, said it would be ...

Submission to IPART re: fares for CityRail services

Save Our Rail NSW Inc is a community organisation taking an interest in the continued provision of public transport. The members of Save Our Rail understand the need for some fare increases to occur. In all deliberations regarding fares the following points need to be considered: Fares need to assist in the payment of the ...

Submission to NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan – Save Our Rail NSW Inc.

SUBMISSION TO LONG TERM TRANSPORT MASTER PLAN SAVE OUR RAIL NSW INCORPORATED Save Our Rail NSW Inc P.O. Box 212 ISLINGTON NSW 2296 Phone: 0408 618 198 email: joandawson@iprimus.com.au INTRODUCTION Public transport is an important aspect of planning and should be incorporated into any plans for development, whether for industry, office space, retail or housing. ...

Maitland Transport Workshop – Sunday 22 April 2012

Sunday 22 April 2012 – 3 pm to 5 pm. Polish Hall, Maitland — Grant Street (behind Maitland Town Hall); nearest railway station High Street. What are the Transport needs for Maitland and Hunter Valley Towns? Share your views with Save Our Rail. Maitland Mayor Peter Blackmore, who has full understanding of transport needs for ...

President’s Report – June 2011

President's Report - June 2011
PRESIDENTS 2011 ANNUAL REPORT – SOR NSW Inc – Joan Dawson Once more we have had a busy year during which a new SOR document has emerged. In November 2010 our proposal, Western Transport Initiative (WesTrans) was launched by the Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery. This incorporates the Western Education Link Line (WELL) as well ...

May Day March 2011

May Day March 2011
Save Our Rail carrying their banner in the 2011 May Day march.

~~~ SOR Transport Plans / Proposals + Major Documents ~~~

This post provides links to Save Our Rail’s major documents: Our proposal for Newcastle CBD integration – December 2008 Our critique of GPT’s proposal – January 2009 Our response to HDC’s report – July 2009 Our Western Transport Initiative (WesTrans) Proposal – November 2010