Maitland rail supporters expected at Newcastle rally

Maitland rail users are expected to have a loud voice at a Newcastle rally on Sunday designed to stop the Wickham truncation, reports the Maitland Mercury.

Rally for the Rail will start at Pacific Park on the Newcastle Foreshore and follow a police escort to Civic Park, where ­participants will hear from guest speakers.

“Maitland has been very engaged with this issue and we’re expecting a large number of ­people,” Save Our Rail vice-president and Maitland resident Kim Cross said.

“We’ve been speaking to a lot of young people on the train and we’re hoping they will come along too.”

An alliance of 16 community groups, including Save Our Rail and the Hunter Environment Lobby, have organised the rally.

Yellow is the rally’s official colour, to represent hope.

“A lot of people are distressed about the [rail cut] and want to make a big statement.”

Read the full article at the Maitland Mercury.