Rail corridor development not ruled out: poll [Newcastle Herald, Sat 24/05/2014]

The Newcastle Herald article includes a poll, the vast majority AGAINST the “hybrid” light rail route (Poll results: 27.8% yes vs. 72.2% NO at 5:53pm) THE Minister for the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian has refused to rule out development along a vacated Newcastle heavy rail corridor. As revealed on Friday in the Newcastle Herald, the government ...

‘Hybrid’ light rail route to go on train line & Hunter Street [Newcastle Herald, Fri 23/05/2014]

Friday’s Newcastle Herald covers the Government’s announcement of its ‘hybrid’ light rail route. NEWCASTLE’S light rail system will run down the heavy rail corridor from Wickham then shift to Hunter Street and Scott Street to arrive near the beach at Pacific Park, under a ‘‘hybrid’’ route the state government has selected. … The government hasn’t ...

SOR e-News: May 2014 Extra

Issue no. 15 May 2014 Extra | Joan Dawson, President Re One Term Tim This morning I was interviewed on ABC by Jill Emberson. My interview was based around the Press Conference called by Tim Owen with much fanfare over the weekend and most people thinking he would be resigning because of ICAC implicating him ...

SOR e-News: April/May 2014

Issue no. 14 April/May 2014 | Joan Dawson, President Welcome These “e briefing notes” are an important part of our communications with supporters. We are continuing to expand the distribution list so if this is your first edition welcome. The year is rolling on very fast and the Government continues to attempt to railroad the ...

Traffic Chaos in Rio – Lessons for Newcastle

Submitted by Joan Dawson, President, Save Our Rail NSW Inc. The intention to sever Newcastle from all other cities by truncating the rail line should be opposed by all who care about the city and its future prospects. I have recently been in Rio de Janeiro where the traffic situation is hopeless, with buses end ...

No reason to remove the rail line

Originally posted by Tess Winter to the SOR Facebook page in a response to someone in favour of removal of the rail for no reason that he can explain.I would like to hear what you imagine the benefits will be… However, the only thing ‘cutting the city in half’ as you say is the lack ...

Huge support for petition to save rail line

Here is brief summary of recent media coverage of Save Our Rail’s 11,000 signature petition presentation to NSW parliament. Huge support for petition to save rail line [Maitland Mercury, Wed 13/11/2013] Eleven thousand signatures opposing the truncation of the Maitland-Newcastle rail line will be presented to NSW Parliament today as the government’s intentions for rail ...

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 ...

SOR e-News 01/10/2013

Welcome Feedback to these e briefing continues to prove very positive. We are continuing to expand the distribution list so if this is your first edition welcome. The year is rolling on very fast and the Government continues to attempt to railroad the Hunter Community that truncation of the Intercity rail services is the way ...

Maintain trains transiting between Wickham and Newcastle

An open letter by John Muller, dated 1 September 2013: Maintain trains transiting between Wickham & Newcastle  “The minimalist solution with the maximum outcome for now and into the future. Save a quality service and really embrace the future opportunities of Newcastle, at half the cost.” My name is John Muller I am a property ...

Save Our Rail Lower Hunter Annual Report June 2013

Initially Save Our Rail had very little contact with the incoming Liberal/National Party state government despite attempts to have meetings with the new Premier, Barry O’Farrell and his ministers. Our only means of conveying our message regarding the future of the Newcastle Rail Line was to attend forums being organised by the planning and transport ...

SOR e-News 24/05/2013

SOR e-News 24/05/2013
Hello SOR friends, Garry Zimmerman, who is standing for election as SOR Secretary is currently gathering all signed petitions, to check, sort and count – a huge task he and his partner Sue are prepared to undertake . If you have any signed petitions please let me know –and include your address. This refers to ...

URGENT: Petition for NSW Parliament — help us reach 10,000 pen and paper signatures!

URGENT: Petition for NSW Parliament -- help us reach 10,000 pen and paper signatures!
*** UPDATE DECEMBER 2013: Thanks! Our hard-copy petition to NSW Parliament reached over 11,000 signatures. *** We’re making the push to reach 10,000 hard-copy signatures on our petition to NSW parliament. We have thousands of signatures already but we need your help to gather more. By reaching 10,000 signatures we will force the House to ...

Negative impacts of the truncation of the rail line at Wickham

Below are just some of the reasons why the truncation of the rail line west of Stewart Avenue will not benefit the viability and future renewal of the Newcastle City Centre. Inconvenience of unnecessary interchange – ALL passengers would be affected by forced change of mode during trip. Loss of patronage – public transport will ...

Where’s the evidence [Maitland Mercury, Wed 24/04/2013]

Newspaper coverage of SOR’s Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy (NURS) submission appeared in the Maitland Mercury on Wednesday 24/04/2013: Where’s the evidence? A small excerpt appears below: Save Our Rail has challenged the state government to “show them the evidence” that the Maitland-Newcastle rail line is toxic to redevelopment in Newcastle CBD. In a submission to ...

Keep train line, install crossing: lobbyists [Newcastle Herald, Tue 23/04/2013]

Newspaper coverage of SOR’s Newcastle Urban Renewal Strategy (NURS) submission appeared in the Newcastle Herald on Tuesday 23/04/2013: Keep train line, install crossing: lobbyists.  A small excerpt appears below: SAVE Our Rail has urged the NSW government to consider building several pedestrian level crossings instead of ripping up the Newcastle inner-city rail line. … Save ...

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 ...

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 ...