Letter: Rail enhances visitors’ stay

Rail enhances visitors’ stay (via letter to the Newcastle Herald): RECENTLY we spent time with visitors to Newcastle from Tasmania, who came for our jazz festival. … They can’t believe that the government is shutting down the train into our city. … We showed him where the new university campus, for 4000 students, and the ...

No benefit for elderly

As reported in the Maitland Mercury, cutting Newcastle rail line will disadvantage elderly and young people who live in regional parts of the Hunter. Joan Dawson, a member of Save Our Rail, the organisation working to have the rail decision overturned, said the rail cut would affect the people who relied on public transport most. ...

The Hunter deserves better say supporters : photos

The Hunter deserves better say supporters : photos
AROUND 400 supporters converged on Civic Park today for the ‘Hunter Deserves Better’ Rally.  Coverage at the Newcastle Herald: The rally was organised to draw attention to the various community groups concerned with what they feel is a lack of ‘sensible and transparent planning’ for the Hunter region by the NSW Government. … “The strength of ...

#SaveHunterRail: Ongoing press coverage at the Maitland Mercury

#SaveHunterRail: Ongoing press coverage at the Maitland Mercury
The Maitland Mercury and has been providing extensive coverage of the shameful Newcastle Rail truncation as part of its Get On Board: help us #SaveHunterRail grass roots community campaign. A newspaper’s job is to advocate for its readers when they need it most. The Singleton Argus, The Scone Advocate, Cessnock Advertiser, Muswellbrook Chronicle and Dungog ...

Cutting Newcastle rail line at Wickham would be a backward step: former resident

Cutting Newcastle rail line at Wickham would be a backward step: former resident
The Maitland Mercury continues its coverage of the Newcastle Rail truncation: The Hunter should take a leaf out of London’s book when it comes to public transport. That’s what a former Hunter resident living in the United Kingdom thinks. Paul Newman has been following the public debate on the plan to remove Newcastle rail line. ...

Mine subsidence maps: Why would they close Newcastle Rail line?

Mine subsidence maps: Why would they close Newcastle Rail line?
Why would they close Newcastle Rail Line? To get the land and the “prize” is Newcastle Station. The rail corridor has the most development value of any land in Newcastle. It is almost the only land in the city not undermined by old coal mines. This means: Mine Subsidence Board approval would not be an ...

Letter: There are no trams, there will be no trams

There are no trams, there will be no trams (via letter to Newcastle Herald): LET me state what I believe is the bleeding obvious: There are no trams, there will be no trams. There are none in the BBQ shelter drawings (aka Wickham interchange plans), there are none in the transport study, there are none ...

“Skytrain” in Sydney – why not in Newcastle?

Newcastle’s different. In 2008 when SOR proposed a SkyTrain to cross Stewart Av at Wickham the idea was dismissed by the NSW Govt and Hunter Development Corporation. Are you aware that the new North West Rail Link “skytrain” will run above ground for 4 km between Kellyville and Rouse Hill? And that the contracted price ...

Help us keep rail to Newcastle. Govt plans to cut on Xmas Day!

Donate to our campaign! What’s happening? NSW Government announced it will close Newcastle Rail Line. Last train Christmas Day 2014. All Newcastle passengers to be off-loaded to buses at Hamilton or Broadmeadow for at least 2 to 3 years from Boxing Day. No replacement system has been approved nor planned, so the intention seems to ...

Editorial: Politics of saying yes and no

The Newcastle Herald’s editorial (Sat 23/08/2014) asks some reasonable questions about the Wickham terminus carport. The final paragraphs state: It is by no means unreasonable to want to know why the heavy rail is being cut before the promised light rail is even begun. Why does the new terminus concept appear so under-cooked and why ...

Newcastle rail cut pain for uni students

The Maitland Mercury ran this article on Fri 22 August 2014: By the time the University of Newcastle builds its proposed city-centre campus in the Civic precinct, the state government will have removed the heavy rail line between Wickham and Newcastle. Students who want to catch a train to university from outside the city, in ...

Opinion: It’s time to stand up and stop plans to cut rail line

The Maitland Mercury has published another editorial opposing the Boxing Day truncation of the heavy rail to Newcastle. They want to hear your story so speak up. Commuters from the wider Hunter are getting the raw end of the deal with plans to cut the rail line into Newcastle CBD. Considering the level of discontent ...

First look at proposed Wickham transport interchange

A large bus shelter proposed as the Wickham interchange? Increased rail travel times? Detailed traffic modelling not done? The Newcastle Herald reports on 30/07/2017: … The interchange will take about two years to build. … A summary of the environmental factors review flags the changes, which will include the installation of light rail between Wickham ...

Scant detail about buses

As reported in the Newcastle Herald on Saturday 26 July 2014: PASSENGERS aren’t the only ones waiting for information from the state government about the bus services that will replace Newcastle’s heavy rail when work to truncate the line begins at Christmas. Its own city bus operator, Newcastle Buses, is also in the dark, according ...

Railway St rail crossing closure raises traffic fears in west end

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 ...

Tram vs car – the new Newcastle?

Tram vs car - the new Newcastle?
The Newcastle drivers who can’t wait a minute for train gates aren’t likely to look for trams. Expect more of this.

Restaurant owners and accommodation providers say they face financial ruin over Gold Coast tram noise

Is this what we have to look forward to in Newcastle? From the Gold Coast Bulletin, 26 June 2014: RESTAURANT owners and accommodation providers say they face financial ruin as visitors flee an ear-piercing screeching noise emitted by trams on the new light rail. The Bulletin is fielding increasing complaints from traders in Surfers Paradise ...

Rail corridor to be developed: Pru Goward

As reported in the Newcastle Herald on Wed 04/06/2014: THE state government has confirmed it will allow development on the Newcastle rail corridor. Despite previous indications from the government that the corridor would be reserved for green space and public use, Planning Minister Pru Goward said yesterday ‘‘there will also be some development’’ on the ...

SOR question Owens decision to stay

SOR question Owens decision to stay
The following article ran recently in the Portside Local, a free to home community focused paper distributed to 4400 homes and businesses every fortnight across the Port of Newcastle, NSW. As the ICAC investigation continues to sweep through NSW, Save Our Rail has moved to seek answers from the Premier, Mike Baird, as to the ...

Poll results: 72% oppose Govt “hybrid” light rail route

Poll results: 72% oppose Govt “hybrid” light rail route
72.7% oppose the NSW Government’s “hybrid” light rail route according to poll result from Newcastle Herald online poll Saturday 24/05/2014.