The Honourable Member? – Media Release 06/08/2014

“A web of intrigue,” we dubbed the Newcastle Cabal, but we never expected to discover just what a nest of vipers the Independent Commission Against Corruption found when they lifted the edge of the carpet. Now the MP’s for Newcastle and Charlestown intend to continue to be paid by the public, despite being exposed by ...

Video: The People Speak – Wickham Railway Station

Video: The People Speak - Wickham Railway Station
Rail users speak during the p.m. peak at Wickham Station, July 30, 2014, in light of the NSW Government plan to cut the line on December 26, 2014 and develop the city and railway corridor land. Thanks to the commuters who spoke on this issue.

Swap a heritage station for a carport? – Media release 30/07/2014

That’s what Newcastle is being asked to accept for an interchange at Wickham! It’s a third world pre-fab without walls or adequate platforms and certainly won’t give the sort of welcoming presence you get at Newcastle Station. To add insult to injury the truncation of the Newcastle Rail Line will cause passenger inconvenience including considerable ...

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 ...

Who knew they would close Railway Street crossing? – Media release 27/07/2014

This is just one of the details of the secret planning of the truncation of Newcastle Rail Line. It has finally been drip-fed to the public and revealed as part of the Wickham Interchange project. This Government has decided what it wants to do, pretends there has been some form of community input, when in ...

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 ...

Video: Our crowded hour: Civic Station

Video: Our crowded hour: Civic Station
Filmed Friday July 18, 2014, during the morning peak, 7.30-8.30 am, at Civic Station. This busy station, opposite the planned new University campus, is to be lost to commuters as Newcastle’s historic (c.1872) rail line is being cut by the NSW State Government at Wickham on December 26, 2014 to make way for the development ...

Putting the cart before the horse – Media Release 20/07/2014

The geotechnical research announced as “Newcastle rail line truncation work begins” highlights the lack of proper planning by the NSW Government. (Newcastle Herald – Matt Carr 18/07/14) THIS GEOTECHNICAL RESEARCH IS PRELIMINARY WORK THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE TWO YEARS AGO BEFORE ANY DECISION WAS MADE. Gladys Berejiklian is only now beginning some of the ...

Come to Maitland: MARCH FOR RAIL – Thur 31/07/2014, 11am Maitland Station

Come to Maitland: MARCH FOR RAIL - Thur 31/07/2014, 11am Maitland Station
Come to Maitland and March for Rail. Maintain our rail connection between Maitland, the Upper Hunter, Lake Macquarie, Newcastle and Sydney. Show your opposition to the decision of Gladys Berijiklian, NSW Transport Minister, to terminate passenger rail services to Newcastle CBD from boxing day this year. Add your voice to the 11,000 who signed the petition to Parliament. ...

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.

Rail line rip up is a rip off – Media Release 04/07/2014

“Gladys Berejiklian’s latest Media release seems to be lifted from “Yes Minister.”   She makes an announcement that tells us nothing new – we already have known since Hazzard was planning Minister that the NSW Government intended to truncate the Newcastle Rail Line with an interchange at Wickham. Now she announces that trains will stop running ...

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 ...

SOR celebrates and lifts carpet – Media release 13/06/2014

Join with Save Our Rail to celebrate 30 years of electrified rail into Newcastle Saturday 14th June at Newcastle Leagues Club at 12 noon. The event is HIGH NOON IN JUNE – a title chosen to highlight the crisis facing the community with the threat of truncation, the battle to save the line and the ...

Truth will out – Media Release 12/06/2014

Pru Goward, Minister for Planning has come to town with promises to placate Newcastle. Having put her foot in her mouth, by letting the public know that there would be development on the rail corridor once those pesky trains have been removed, she is now trying to pull her foot back out. Trouble is Pru ...

Hoax leads to the Great Wall – Media Release 04/06/2014

Gladys began to tug at the zipper, but now Pru has let the cat out of the bag! Minister for the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian said she “would not rule out development on the line,” but Planning Minister Pru Goward has confirmed what Save Our Rail has realised for many years, that once the trains are ...

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 ...

Event: High noon in June! (Sat 14 June 2014, 12 noon @ Newcastle Leagues Club)

Event: High noon in June! (Sat 14 June 2014, 12 noon @ Newcastle Leagues Club)
SOR: HIGH NOON IN JUNE / Don’t cut Newcastle rail line Future trains – what is possible for Newcastle intercity rail? CELEBRATE 30 years of electric trains TO NEWCASTLE SEE HOW TO IMPROVE NOT REMOVE GUEST PRESENTERS ~ ENTERTAINMENT ~ NIBBLES ~ SAT 14 JUNE at 12 NOON FREE at NEWCASTLE LEAGUES CLUB National Park ...

Don’t derail Newcastle (short video)

EcoTransit Sydney have produced a short video “Don’t derail Newcastle”. Direct rail access between the central business districts of two major cities is the Holy Grail of intercity rail travel. It’s what governments around the world aspire to. But NSW’s Baird Government is planning to rip up two and a half kilometres of the Newcastle ...

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 ...