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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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Note: this has been superseded by a newer petition form that includes detailed instructions.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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

President’s Report – July 2008

Joan Dawson, Save Our Rail President Save Our Rail has continued to resist any attempt to cut the Newcastle rail line. Following the 2006 announcement by NSW Premier, Morris Iemma, that the rail line to Newcastle would be retained and there would be an improvement program, we thought we could maybe have a party and ...

President’s Report – June 2007

Joan Dawson, Save Our Rail President Newcastle Line The battle to retain heavy electric rail services to Newcastle Station continues. Currently the NSW Government is carrying out an investigation into the Hunter Business Chamber proposal to remove the electric service from Newcastle and electrify the Hunter Line to Warabrook. The plan is aimed at gaining ...

SOR’s Presentation to Hunter Business Chamber

On 18th January 2007, the Hunter Business Chamber conducted a transport group forum at which Save Our Rail gave a brief presentation titled “Transport Development for the Hunter Community”. Download a copy of Save Our Rail’s presentation here: SOR – Transport Presentation – 18-Jan-2007.pdf (960 kB)

Newcastle Rail Line Update

Save Our Rail representatives met with the Premier’s Department IIG (Infrastructure Implementation Group) to be advised of progress since Mr Iemma’s announcement that the rail would be retained to Newcastle Station. Save Our Rail is concerned that this will not actually be the outcome because of an intention to remove electrification from the Newcastle line. ...

President’s Report – June 2006

Joan Dawson, Save Our Rail President In this 12 month period Save Our Rail has achieved a great degree of success towards the achievement of the central goals of maintaining the rail service into Newcastle and improving transport for the region. Towards these ends we have organised and participated in many events and meetings and ...

Have We Saved Newcastle Rail? NOT YET!

The State Government is now considering cutting the electric service to Newcastle, threatening the viability of the whole Lower Hunter transport system. This would disadvantage all passengers through: inconvenience delay overcrowding on the Hunter Line loss of direct link to Newcastle from Sydney, Central Coast and Lake Macquarie, including the proposed Glendale Station. It would ...

Save Our Rail’s Plan Presented to Govt

On Thursday 23rd March 2006, Save Our Rail met with representatives from the NSW Government’s Infrastructure Implementation Group (IIG). Save Our Rail put forward its proposal on how best to spend the recently announced $20 million allocated to improving the Newcastle Rail Line, including: ticketing integration signalling upgrade increased access and crossing improvements grade separation ...

Premier’s Taskforce Report

Below is the full text of the Hunter Transport Taskforce Report from the NSW Premier’s Department in February 2006. Hunter Transport Taskforce Report February 2006 Recommendations Maintain existing rail services to Newcastle, while further work is undertaken on options for Modified Light Rail. Improve current rail corridor to: reduce waiting times for road traffic and ...

Download the Currie Review Final Report

Two documents are available below as PDF files. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view them. First, Professor Graham Currie’s report “Decision to Close the Newcastle Branch Rail Line – Independent Review of Transport Reports – Final Report”. Download the 38 page full report here: Currie-Rail-Review-Final-Report.pdf (157 kB) This report details the findings of ...

Submission to Lower Hunter Regional Strategy

Submission prepared for Save Our Rail NSW Inc. by Joan Dawson Email: info@saveourrail.com.au Introduction Save Our Rail is a community organisation reflecting community concerns regarding all public transport issues, but with a particular focus on rail, because of the threat to close the Newcastle rail service. We welcome any move by the NSW Government to ...

Honeysuckle Conflict of Interest and Misinformation

Below is an extract from two speeches given by our President, Joan Dawson, in 2005 to the TAFE Teachers’ Association and to the Lake Macquarie Teachers’ Association. It focuses on the conflict of interest between the report recommending the closure of the Newcastle rail line and those interests seeking to gain from its complete removal. ...

SOR’s Submission to the Premier’s Hunter Transport Task Force

Submission to the Premier’s Hunter Transport Task Force Save Our Rail met with representatives of the Premier’s Hunter Transport Task Force on Monday 28th November 2005. Below is Save Our Rail’s submission prepared for the meeting. Amazingly, the Premier’s representatives wouldn’t accept it – they didn’t want anything in writing! Joan Dawson spoke on the ...