“Meet the candidates” forum for Charlestown, Lake Macquarie and Swansea

Meet the candidates from Charlestown, Lake Macquarie, Swansea at Windale-Gateshead Bowling Club Wednesday 16th March 2011 5.30pm SOR will hold a “meet the candidates” forum for Charlestown, Lake Macquarie and Swansea in the lead up to the State Election. All welcome This event will be an opportunity for members and friends of SOR to hear ...

WesTrans launch – Press Release – 28/11/2010

WesTrans launch - Press Release - 28/11/2010
MEDIA RELEASE (28/11/10) LAUNCH OF WESTRANS (Western Transport Initiative) CONCEPT Save Our Rail NSW Inc launched its proposal for the concept of additional transport services in the Hunter Region on Friday 26th November at the Diggers Club, Wallsend. A crucial first step in the process of gaining funding which would benefit the entire Hunter area ...

WesTrans concept proposal launch

WesTrans concept proposal launch
Save Our Rail invites you to the launch of our Western Transport Initiative (WesTrans) concept proposal. Friday 26 November 2010 at Wallsend Diggers at 5.30pm The WesTrans includes the Western Education Link Line (WELL) and Commuter “Clipper” Buses. From the many options available, Save Our Rail chose the one which: addresses the needs of the ...

Western Transport Initiative (WesTrans) Proposal

Save Our Rail’s Western Transport Initiative (WesTrans) complements our earlier proposals to more fully encompass suburban and regional transport needs. This latest proposal builds on the existing heavy rail backbone that SOR believes must be retained. Western Transport Initiative (WesTrans) Concept Proposal (3.0 MB) high quality, suitable for printing From the many options available, Save Our ...

Download petition forms

Download petition forms
Note: this has been superseded by a newer petition form that includes detailed instructions. Save Our Rail has a petition form to the NSW Government available for download: Save Our Rail Wickham petition (0.01 MB) high quality, suitable for printing “…opposed to the closing of the Newcastle railway line and termination of rail services at ...

Press Release – 24/08/2010

Save Our Rail NSW Inc – Press Release 24/08/2010 Save Our Rail is not surprised by the GPT announcement regarding their intention to pull out of their Newcastle CBD retail and residential proposal. Commercial reality has been accepted by GPT. Newcastle does not have the population to support such a development. The fact that the ...

SOR rally: “cross the line” to “Fix Our City”

Thursday 3rd June 2010 – 5pm to 6pm at Civic Park Save Our Rail will rally in Civic Park on Thursday afternoon 5pm to 6pm, opposite the Fix Our City meeting in Town Hall and in opposition to their plans to cut the rail line. On a satirical note, those who arrive beforehand can see ...

Level Crossing Myths Busted: Video of Worth Place event

The “no new level crossing policy” myth has been busted! Part 1 Part 2 (19 mins total)

Event at Worth Place – where you could “cross the line”…

Event at Worth Place - where you could
Thursday 29th April 2010 – 12 noon at Worth Place Save Our Rail will have a sausage sizzle and music event at Worth Place on Thursday 29th April 2010 at 12 noon. Worth Place is just off Hunter Street, east of the Union St intersection. There is an old Police Station, now a family centre, ...

Busy Newcastle Station – New Year’s Eve 2009

No one catches the train to Newcastle? Save Our Rail begs to differ! HDC’s proposed buses — whether Hunter Street buses, “magical” buses, “blue shuttle” buses, super-mega-hyper-low emission flying buses — could never cope with the peak loads generated by special events. Note that the Hunter Street buses were also running this evening. Watch at ...

Fate of Newcastle rail still in the balance

Fate of Newcastle rail still in the balance
Originally published December 7, 2009 as a feature article in NSW Teachers Federation “Education” newspaper: www.nswtf.org.au/edu_online/133/railhang.html By Justin Ballis Labor conspicuously vague on cutting the line but Liberals may not be so reticent. For public transport lobbyists in the Hunter, the irony would be bitter. After community opposition stung the Rees Government into dropping unpopular ...

Our response to the HDC report

The Hunter Development Corporation (HDC) report does not have adequate reasons for any removal of the direct heavy rail into Newcastle, therefore we urge the State Government to ignore this flawed report and to fully examine other options for Newcastle’s improvement. The proposals put forward by Save Our Rail for crossings, a viaduct and other ...

Woonona: A New Level Crossing In Action

Safe, convenient, and not that expensive. Woonona (near Wollongong) has new pedestrian access across its railway line thanks to a new level crossing opened in early 2009. Save Our Rail would like a few of these for Newcastle’s CBD. Why remove Newcastle’s railway when you can improve? We say “improve, not remove”. Take a look ...

Public Meeting – May 2009

Saturday 2nd May 2009 – 2pm to 4pm Polish Hall, Maitland Grant Street (behind Maitland Town Hall) Guest Speaker: Professor Howard Dick Howard Dick is a Professor at University of Melbourne and was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle. He will be speaking about the “Economic Benefits of Keeping the Line into Newcastle“. ...

Critique of GPT Proposal

We have prepared a document explaining why we oppose the GPT transport proposal. We do not oppose their mall redevelopment but do reject their assertion that the “rail must go” in order to proceed with their development. Appendix B – Review of GPT Proposal (0.2 MB) high quality, suitable for printing Save Our Rail opposes rail ...

Our December 2008 Proposal for CBD Integration

NEWCASTLE – Towards a Sustainable and Vibrant City A Proposal for CBD Integration – December 2008 In its vision for a thriving and sustainable Newcastle, Save Our Rail NSW Inc identifies problems of connectivity and addresses community needs in this proposal. The resulting solutions aim to retain sustainable transport while overcoming the need to connect ...

Public Meeting – Dec 2008

Saturday 13th December 2008 – 12 noon Newcastle Leagues Club National Park Street (opposite Spotlight) Guest Speaker: Dr. Garry Glazebrook, UTS Researcher in Sustainable Transport and Urban Development End the line at Wickham? Change of mode = longer trip Result: many will opt for car use More cars on road = traffic jams More cars ...

Dude, Where’s My Foreshore?

Dude, Where's My Foreshore?
[SOR: updated 2014 with this new composite image of GPT’s plan with Google Earth] [SOR: original 2008 blog post follows] Look closely at these pictures taken from GPT’s recently released “virtual tour” of the Newcastle CBD. GPT demands that the rail line be cut at Wickham as described in their city vision masterplan by Civitas. ...

San Diego: Railway Level Crossings Connect City & Harbour

Don’t believe everything you read in the paper. San Diego is an example of the success that comes from keeping the rail, not removing it! San Diego does indeed have a vibrant waterfront with a convention centre, marina park, and luxury hotel, but did you know it has a rail corridor along its waterfront (much ...

GPT Development and the Newcastle Rail Line

Save Our Rail has never been opposed to development in the Newcastle CBD and it is long been on the public record as regards the need for greater pedestrian access between Hunter St and the Honeysuckle/Foreshore area. Save Our Rail has been vigorously promoting a development plan for the Newcastle CBD since it was first ...