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So, what should the six light rail stops be called?
Transport for NSW has come up with six proposed names.
The suggestions are: Newcastle Interchange, Honeysuckle, Civic, Crown Street, Queens Wharf and Newcastle Beach.
Hmmm. Some might say they’re a tad predictable. Maybe, though, they need to be predictable.
Guess it’s a lot better than calling them one, two, three, four, five and six. That’d be navigation by mathematics. Very old school. Streets in US cities were named that way to stop people getting lost. Nowadays you just pull out your phone and voila! But what happens if your phone battery runs out. Then you’re stuffed.
A numbered system is probably no good for tram stops. Let’s face it, it’d be pretty hard to get lost on Newcastle’s light rail system. For a start, there’s only six stops.
If you think the proposed names aren’t right, don’t fear, the transport bureaucracy has come up with some alternatives.
Instead of Honeysuckle, they suggested Kuwumi [because the stop is near Kuwumi Place].
Instead of Crown Street, they proposed Coal Bridge [the stop is near the site of an old railway bridge that transported coal].
Another suggestion for this site is Fish Belly Rail. That’s a strange name by anyone’s standards, but there’s a method behind the madness. You see, the stop is near the site where the oldest known rail artefact in Australia was found. It dates back to 1831. And, apparently, the artefact looks a bit like a fish belly.
Instead of Queens Wharf, the name Market Lawn was proposed because the stop is near a community space which, no doubt, has or will have some grass.
The alternative for Newcastle Beach is Pacific Park because, you guessed it, it’s near the park.
Novocastrians may have some ideas about alternative names for the tram stops.
Let’s put Raily McRailface and Trammy McTramface aside for now.
Ideas to email@example.com. If you’re really keen, you can make a submission to the Geographical Names Board at the website, gnb.nsw.gov.au. Of course, there’s no guarantee that they’ll listen to your suggestion. But we will.
This article first appeared on www.theherald.com.au
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