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With less than two weeks before Newcastle's rail line is due to be cut, a protest rally will be held in the city tomorrow to pressure the State Government into retaining it.
Sixteen community groups are joining forces to Rally for the Rail.
The protest will begin in Pacific Park on the Newcastle Foreshore and move to Civic Park, where various speakers will address the rally.
Joan Dawson from Save Our Rail said she is determined to prevent the Boxing Day truncation of the line.
"Save Our Rail is not going to give up that easily," she said.
"We plan to continue on with our action even if the threat to close the line on Boxing Day is carried out.
"We don't believe it will be cut on Boxing Day.
"We believe there will be a way to stop that happening."
The protest comes just a week after Premier Mike Baird visited Newcastle to confirm his commitment to cutting the line at Wickham and making the unused rail corridor available for development.
Ms Dawson said cutting the rail hurts those who need it the most and she will not be giving up.
"The support overall for the issue about the rail line has been growing tremendously, especially since Mr Baird confirmed that there would be development on the corridor," she said.
"And people are coming in their droves to support us so were hoping to make a huge expression of people power."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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