Indications are that due to the increased frequency and stopping places, right outside the new University Campus, 100 metres from the Stockton Ferry and 100 metres from Newcastle Beach, passenger number will experience a marked increase .
Is it a project to get Novocastrians and visitors off their fat lazy arses and walk 2 kilometres then considering the Hunter area's obvious obesity problem?
Well what do you expect? The government is providing a better service to the east end of town than what the railway currently provides and you still complain. There will be multiple choices from Wickham to enable travel tthe 2km to the east end. Tram, taxi, bus on some services, bike , rickshaw, skateboard,, rollerblade, rickshaw, you'll get there, take your pick
The 27 bus routes that currently ply up and down Hunter and Scott Streets parrallel to the heavy rail line will also be replaced by the light railway service, so take into account those passenger numbers being included with the average of 12 per train service. Indications are that due to the increased frequency and stopping places, right outside the new University Campus, 100 metres from the Stockton Ferry and 100 metres from Newcastle Beach, passenger number will experience a marked increase .
Please identify your source.
Anyway, what's the rush to close the rail line?
It can hardly be considered a rush after 30 years of discussion and report after report after government report, 30 or 40 of them. The truncation was announced two years ago.
Survey finds 93% of Hunter residents want Newcastle city centre revivedBy JULIEANNE STRACHAN State Political ReporterAug. 5, 2009, 12:29 p.m.
HUNTER residents have backed plans to revive Newcastle's heart, with a Hunter Valley Research Foundation survey finding 93 per cent of people recognised the need to rejuvenate the city centre.
An overwhelming majority of residents surveyed also backed plans to remove the rail line to Newcastle in order to push ahead with major building projects across the city.
The foundation's survey showed that 71 per cent of people sampled supported cutting the heavy rail line at Wickham, if other catalyst projects depended on doing it.
The NSW Government commissioned the survey of 507 residents from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland, Cessnock and Port Stephens.
The survey also found that 59 per cent of respondents indicated moderate or higher support for removing the heavy rail regardless of other projects.
More than 85 per cent of respondents supported the education, justice, retail, tourism and commercial precincts outlined in the Hunter Development Corporation's City Centre Renewal Plan.
It has been estimated the projects have the potential to create up to 4700 jobs during construction, more than 2400 jobs in the long term and would mean an estimated investment of $1.4 billion into the region.
Minister for the Hunter Jodi McKay welcomed the survey findings.
Ms McKay said the survey was conducted during an eight-week public feedback process, during which more than than 3000 people accessed the Hunter Development Corporation's website to view the revitalisation plans.
"The overwhelming sentiment behind the responses was that we need to act now on plans to redevelop Newcastle," Ms McKay said.
"It was also abundantly clear that Newcastle City Council, the community and our business leaders endorse the catalyst projects outlined in the report."
Ms McKay said the next step was to appoint a consultant to work with the University of Newcastle and the development corporation to identify a suitable location for the first stage of the university's relocation project.
Suitable state-owned sites would need to be identified.
The renewal plan proposed moving up to 7000 university students and 100 staff into the heart of the city.
"There is strong support within the community, businesses and Newcastle City Council for us to expedite plans to relocate the University of Newcastle to the city centre," Ms McKay said.
30 years of discussion & reports? that takes us back to 1980, & I certainly never heard any talk of the closure of the line during the 80's & certainly never came up during several of the working groups that I was involved in.
The one thing that your comment shows is that the old adage that goes along the lines of "if at first you don't succeed try, try, try & continue until you wear down the opposition as they are the ones who will grow weary"
That is a typical ploy of businesses, governments, & individuals who have a desire to do something, or get what they want by raising an issue & drop it out in the public arena & see what comes out of it. If not a lot of opposition comes out, then drop some more out there, provide all the reasons that the alternative is better for those that oppose & after a while those who become brain washed end up thinking the idea is good, they fall for the publicity.
The Railways & governments in most consultants they hired to investigate the many & varied areas that were wanted to be eliminated provided the consultants with their boundaries of what to look at, the intent is/was to come up with solutions on how to impliment what the governments & Rail bosses wanted in the outcome of the final report, all they wanted was the rubber stamping of what they wanted to do, & the consultants would make the case that was sellable to the voting public.
The end justifies the means which justifies the end result.
Re "Shadow Government" news article. Seriously? $60 million donated by the Hunter Infrastructure and Investment Fund to "help in the Government's deliberations on the future of the rail line"! Seems a lot of money for just making a decision to close a railway line, even if extensive investigation is required. Shouldn't this be the Government's responsibility to meet the cost anyway? Incredible!
Here's another potential obstacle, which might not stop the Light Rail project, if in fact it goes ahead, but would certainly thwart any aspirations to redevelop a valuable piece of real estate. Further to my earlier post with regard to the Transport Administration Act, requiring authorisation by an Act of Parliament to close a railway line, that part of the existing rail corridor from Wickham to Scott St, which is proposed to be converted to Light Rail, technically wouldn't require Parliamentary approval, because it isn't "closing" the rail line, but merely changing the mode of operation. However, for that part of the remaining Newcastle Yard and Station, it may be a different matter. Putting aside the Heritage issues, it may well require an Act of Parliament to remove the tracks and station infrastructure.
A6et, I do have some slight issues with your comment about the 80s, which was when the Greiner Government came to power (1988.) and commissioned the Travers Morgan report (1989, although it didn't report until 1990). There had already been numerous approaches to the NSWGR through the 50s and 60s, which came to nothing because the freight yards were still contributing to the balance sheet. The first major challenge came in 1972 when the PTC under Shirley decided to sell all railway land east of Civic to Fund relocation of the Newcastle terminus. Somebody forgot to tell the property developers what a bargain they were getting for $3M the lot, what with green bans, uncertainty about Zaara St power station, and the Whitlam Government stirring up renewed interest in urban passenger railways (a line from Newcastle to Nobbys was mooted). The whole idea slowly ran out of steam, except that Wran eventually released Newcastle East as parkland (after electrification had arrived in Newcastle!).
But of course I agree that the current government is strutting around in the Emperor's new clothes when it comes to a well justified plan for cutting the rail line. The worst example of its contempt for precedent is the light rail proposal, which has been condemned by every study that considered it. I aso agree that since 2000 the pro rail cut lobby has been using pester power non-stop and to hell with the logic of it all.
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