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NSW transport officials are being urged to re-think name for Newcastle rail interchange.
Just over a year after the New South Wales Government stopped rail services into Newcastle's CBD, the Geographical Names Board has received 65 submissions on the name proposal.
Local public transport advocate Darrell Harris has outlined a range of objections.
He said the term 'Newcastle Interchange' was already commonly used to describe the intersection of the M1 Pacific Motorway, the Hunter Expressway and Newcastle Link Road.
He said at times of crisis, such as bushfires and floods, confusion over the locality could affect emergency response times.
Mr Harris said it was also a missed opportunity to use a traditional Aboriginal name, arguing the indigenous Awabakal people's names for localities were poorly represented in the Newcastle region.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance said all community input would be considered in the naming of the station.
"Any name, I'm happy to take on board from the local community," he said.
"Ultimately we want to do our level best, and someone's going to have to make a call on it at some point.
"But, to that end, I will follow through with the agency and make sure there is sound community consultation in relation to the naming."
A decision is expected by the board at its meeting on March 15, 2016.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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