I find that incredible considering that the NT and SA Govs were instrumental in creating this railway.
What was or is their preferred option ?
Close to the the town centre with discussions on the train lengths. The NTG was not consulted about the current location is what I was told.
More likely they wanted a city terminal, but with the extreme stringencies in construction there just wasn't the cash to take the line into town.
Correct, how many hundreds of millions to the NT govt commit to the project for which it was a partner in? I find it hard to believe the NT Govt didn't know where the station was going as it would have been in the railway project discussions with local authorities regarding placement of all infrastructure for the railway.
The issue likely was the railway project was on the edge of not proceeding, only saved at last minute by the various govts throwing in more cash. We all know the line was built to a shoestring budget, such that there was no way in hell there would have been $10m's extra or equivalent funds diverted to building a spur line around 10km long for a minor portion of the targeted traffic with very limited growth potential compared to the bulk and intermodal traffic.
Bevans, I would suggest your sources are not real.
For the cost of building this spur line now, I would suggest the very much cash strapped govt could built 2-4 km of Light Rail, not saying they should but guess which would be more beneficial for the city.