Mixed response to Labor's revitalisation plan for Newcastle
Robert Monteath is incorrect (read "misleading") about it a public rally advocating removal of the rail. It was not a rally, it was a meeting that what was the so called "Fix Our City" mob put on. It was not advertised that it was about cutting the rail line, it was advertised that it was about the Newcastle CBD in general. This is the meeting where you had to sign a petition before entry was allowed into the “public” meeting. This preamble to this petition did not mention the rail line at all, even though I believe that that’s what the petition was about.
And now it seems we may have a managing director of a real estate agent running as an "independent" candidate for lord mayor.
The Parliamentary Inquiry is a review committee with very little powers and has been directed to make a final review in March some 3 months after the railway line truncation. It just gets Fred Nile out of the Governments hair for a little while, it will come to the same conclusion as ICAC in that breaches of election funding rules although deemed illegal under current laws does not equal corruption..
It is a regressive idea that will not fix transport problems in Newcastle. The government believe by removing the rail-line it will be a panacea for Newcastle. It will actually make it worse in my opinion by clogging up streets with buses, it will create traffic and parking problems for the university city campus. The train-line also links with the ferry service. People will now have to change from 'ferry to bus to train'. Newcastle/Maitland is the seventh most populous city in Australia with 419,000 people. Notice how they will have to run buses every 10 minutes to cope with peak hour traffic as the capacity of buses is low. The existing trains can carry more people and they have a dedicated track. It is not thought out. The removal of level crossings would be a better option, by sinking the rail-line underground at Merewether st. and Hannell st. The light-rail will never be built. After the Government spend millions removing the existing track, I doubt they will have the money for a light-rail line or be willing to spend this on Newcastle .The next elected government will change plans and scrap the light-rail.
And wxtre, and Bunbury is SORRY that they ever removed the rail line, and their was talk of trying to rebuild it back to the CBD.
It seems to work very well in Sydney with the Sydney Light Railway plonked out the front of Central station taking passengers 2km down to Darling Harbour and further afield, what makes you think a light railway wont work for 2 km in Newcastle?
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