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Labor's Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp has attacked the State Government for wasting taxpayers money on train stations that are not being used.
Minister for Transport, Gladys Berejiklian yesterday announced that $20 million will be spent on improving safety and security at more than 40 train stations.
Civic, Wickham, Toronto and Metford are included on the list of stations to receive new CCTV, lighting, additional fencing and help points for customers.
Tim Crakanthorp said he thought the announcement was a mistake.
"It's certainly a major embarrassment for the Minister for the Hunter," he said.
"She's certainly never up here, but she mightn't have noticed that we've got fences all around it.
"We've got 24 hour security on these stations.
"Spending up to $20 million on a whole lot of railway stations including Civic and Wickham is absolutely ludicrous."
Mr Crakanthorp said the spending does not make sense.
"It's a waste of taxpayers money and it's just indicative of this Government cobbling together solutions after a bad decision.
"A decision that hasn't had enough community consultation and no interim transport arrangements that are working properly without a legal basis."
But Liberal candidate for Newcastle Karen Howard said the investment is not a mistake.
"It's a bit bothering that Labor clearly don't understand basic safety," she said.
"Civic and Wickham stations are now vacant.
"It's very important that those sites are secured whilst they're vacant.
"What would Labor want? People wandering in and out of there at all hours of the day and night?"
Labor has taken aim at the State Government for announcing security at several Newcastle train stations will be upgraded, despite plans to mothball them.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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