Newcastle rail cut may be illegal, says Save Our Rail

NEWCASTLE rail community group Save Our Rail says the NSW government needs Parliament’s authority to cut the rail line on Boxing Day, as reported in the Newcastle Star.

Save Our Rail president Joan Dawson has written to Minister for Transport and Minister for the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian to draw attention to s99A of the Transport Administration Act 1988 (NSW).

The act says the a rail infrastructure owner must not, unless authorised by an Act of Parliament, close a railway line.

A railway line is deemed closed if the land concerned is sold or otherwise disposed of or the railway tracks and other works concerned are removed.

Ms Dawson said it was ‘‘quite clear that section 99A exists to ensure that any minister and Transport for New South Wales has the authorisation of Parliament prior to removing public railway infrastructure’’.

Read the full article at the Newcastle Star.