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NORTHERN Rivers residents are tired of waiting for the NSW Government to make a decision about the Casino to Murwillumbah railway line.
In April the government released The Casino to Murwillumbah Transport Study assessing the viability of returning trains to the Northern Rivers.
As a result, transport project director Tim Poole and the State Government had intended to "consider the findings" and "finalise the Northern Rivers Regional Transport Plan" sometime this year.
However, NSW Transport refused to comment on a more specific timeframe for releasing a decision based on the findings in the study.
NSW Transport said the "most up to date" information was available on their website.
The president of Trains on our Tracks (TOOT), Karin Kolbe, said the report was flawed and if the government was delaying telling the community its decision based on these recommendations, they hadn't looked at the Northern Rivers transport needs as a whole.
"I'd say the study is a very flawed and narrow view," Ms Kolbe said.
"We are questioning what the government wants to provide in terms of services because people want the rail services, but we want a proper understanding of the transport needs of this area."
Meanwhile, a petition addressed to Ballina-based Minister for the North Coast, Don Page, supporting the conversion of the railway corridor into a rail trail for cyclists, walkers, horse riders and electric vehicles, is gaining momentum with 1200 local signatures already.
Mr Page said the recommendation for an increase in bus services was being considered by NSW Transport and in the absence of funding to return trains to the tracks he was strongly supportive of the rail trail.
"I'd like to look at the rail trail option and whether or not that can occur," he said.
He had requested funding for a study on the rail trail and was expecting to hear in the not-too-distant future.
This article first appeared on www.northernstar.com.au
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