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Premier Mike Baird grilled on future of Newcastle rail line

Posted 2 hours ago in New South Wales Rail News by Bethungra

PREMIER Mike Baird, when asked in state parliament, has twice refused to rule out selling or leasing land in the Wickham-to-Newcastle rail corridor for property development after the rail line is truncated.

In response to a question from Labor leader John Robertson, seeking a guarantee that the corridor would be protected,  Mr Baird said: ‘‘We promise to do the right thing by the city of Newcastle ... the difference between this side and that side is that we are proud of that urban renewal project, we are proud that we are putting close to $500million into that city and that’s a city that you forgot about.’’

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Posted 6 hours ago in Victorian Rail News by Bethungra

A group of councils tyring to return passenger rail services west of Ararat says the project has stalled until it gets an answer on funding for a feasibility study.

The group, which includes Horsham, Yarriambiack and Southern Grampians, submitted a funding request to the Victorian Government several months ago.

It is holding another meeting today to discuss the progress of the proposal.

However, Northern Grampians Shire Mayor Kevin Erwin said the delay was frustrating.

Posted yesterday in Victorian Rail News by JimYarin

A train was stopped in its tracks after thieves left a burning car on the Upfield railway line, at Campbellfield, in the early hours of Tuesday.

The abandoned car was set alight after someone left the car on the tracks between Dunstan and Garner parades at 12.38am.

The driver of the 12.04am Upfield train from Flinders Street saw the burning car and was able to stop in time.

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