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ADDED delays at Adamstown and Islington level crossings are off the agenda for now after the state government's decision to abandon the planned Cobbora coalmine near Mudgee.
The former Labor government had planned to rail-haul coal from Cobbora about 350 kilometres to the Central Coast - by going through Newcastle.
The Adamstown gates are already closed to motorists for an average of 7.2 hours a day, while the Clyde Street, Islington, gates are down for 7.7 hours.
Cobbora trains to Vales Point and Eraring power stations would have added almost an hour a day to the closures.
John Hayes, whose Correct Planning and Consultation for Mayfield Group has campaigned on the impacts of coal trains, welcomed the decision as far as it eased the impact on suburban Newcastle.
Argenton resident Milton Newall, whose house backs on to an area of track where coal trains are parked on their way to the power stations, said fewer coal trains was a good thing.
"If they're still going to source the coal from the Hunter Valley, we're still going to have the trains," Mr Newall said.
The O'Farrell government has terminated coal-supply contracts for the proposed mine but still considers it a valuable coal asset and has not ruled out a future sale or lease.
This article first appeared on www.theherald.com.au
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