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HAVING moved to the Hunter from Sydney’s northern beaches, businesswoman Jan Lay says Newcastle is a wonderful city that will be even better once the light rail is up and running.
Ms Lay is one of a number of Newcastle business owners invited last week to a briefing by Transport for NSW that revealed the broad thrust of the light rail construction program starting later this year.
Some invitees left unhappy with what they were told, predicting mayhem from possible block-by-block street closures. But Ms Lay is more optimistic, saying it is up to each business to adapt to the situation.
Acknowledging she is unlikely to be directly affected – the light rail will move onto Hunter Street just east of her building – Ms Lay says she has still taken steps to tell her clients of the possible disruption, and will do whatever she has to in order to keep her customers.
“If we don’t move forwards, we go backwards, and that’s not an option,” Ms Lay said.
This article first appeared on www.theherald.com.au
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