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Hundreds of arrests have been made on NSW's railway network in a police crackdown which found crime and antisocial behaviour to be a major problem, the government says.
The possession of drugs in train corridors has been particularly rife, with 106 people cautioned since September 21 for possession of cannabis.
In the first seven weeks of the three-month Operation Vision Five, more than 40 knives and other similar weapons have been confiscated, and 563 people have been arrested.
Of those arrested, 474 have been charged, while more than 14,000 infringement notices have been issued, Police Minister Michael Daley told reporters on Thursday.
More crime occurred on trains during warmer months, NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Stuart Wilkins said.
"There's more daylight, people travel later," he said.
Offenders were commonly young adults, Mr Wilkins said, and juveniles were also often involved.
He declined to reveal which train lines attracted the most crime.
"We deploy our staff to areas of greatest need," he told reporters.
"There are certainly areas we send police to more often than others."
Operation Vision Five has been scheduled to wind up on December 12, but Mr Daley said it might be extended past that date.
Meanwhile, the NSW government says it has abandoned its plans to sell off unused rail lines and corridors for redevelopment, as its problem with the Shooters Party continues.
The government said the rail trails legislation would allow communities to use the space for activities like cycling and horse-riding.
But it was strongly opposed by the Greens who feared it would mean public land being sold off to developers, and by the Rail Tram and Bus Union (RTBU), which says the corridors should be retained.
Opposition Leader Barry O'Farrell also addressed a protest against the legislation outside NSW Parliament House last month.
With the government having no majority in the upper house and the Coalition, Greens and Shooters unlikely to support the bill, it was withdrawn from NSW parliament on Wednesday night.
"Hopefully this is the last we have heard of this crazy idea," RTBU president Alex Claassens said on Thursday.
"Once a rail corridor has been built over, it's gone for good.
"Tearing up the rail corridors would have undoubtedly created a million-dollar headache somewhere down the line when it's decided we once again need rail to certain areas."
The withdrawal of the legislation is further evidence of the NSW government's problems in the upper house.
The government has lost its usual support from the two Shooters MPs because of its refusal to support their bill to allow hunting in national parks.
Premier Nathan Rees is reported to have met the Shooters MPs on Wednesday night in the hope of ending the impasse.
However, the meeting does not appear to have worked.
Shooters MP Roy Smith put a motion in parliament on Thursday calling for government members to no longer be allowed to ask questions during upper house question time.
"Apart from the loaded preamble the actual question asked is usually lame and does not ask for information," Mr Smith told the parliament.
The motion was defeated because the Coalition did not support it.
© 2009 AAP
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