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TOOWOOMBA train enthusiast Robert Ketton is urging Toowoomba Regional Council to seriously consider alternative options regarding the future of the city's current rail corridor.
Mr Ketton, the public relations officer for DownsSteam Tourist Railway and Museum has suggested using the line as a light rail transport system.
He said the tram-like system would connect the major traffic areas of Toowoomba and boost the city's public transport system.
His idea comes after Toowoomba Region Mayor Paul Antonio said it was time to relocate the line as it had "reached its use-by date."
"Just about everywhere that has closed a railway line has come to regret it,' Mr Ketton said.
"We are absolutely wedded to the motor car and we need a cultural shift."
His plan is for the light rail system to use the current line as a transportation route between the city's railway station, through the central shopping district to the Toowoomba Hospital and on to the University.
He also suggested the possibility of it continuing on to service existing stations at Clifton, Wyreema and Nobby.
Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts said he would begin a "conversation" regarding what the future holds for the rail corridor.
"I'm starting a process of conversation to see how we're going to get bulk haulage trains out of the Toowoomba CBD," he said.
"We need to see what people want to replace the line and take it from there."
This article first appeared on www.thechronicle.com.au
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