Community takes fight for rail to the Supreme Court
Rail corridor between Glenfield and Macarthur earmarked for medium density
Rail Trail boost to tourism - and local economy
Newcastle rail case may be long wait
Save Our Rail questions semantics argument over rail line cut
North West Rail Link corridor to extend through to Marsden Park
Camurra West to Weemelah Line Booked Out of Use
Rail Trail full steam ahead
John Holland Commissions Electronic Train Orders
Closure of Newcastle rail stations not technically a closure of whole line, State Government lawyer says
The Save Our Rail community group is seeking a court injunction to stop the state government cutting Newcastle's heavy rail line on Boxing Day.
An interim parliamentary report released yesterday found the truncation should not proceed, until there is a peer-reviewed cost benefit analysis.
The report also says there must be a transparent planning process and ample public consultation around any development on the rail corridor.
Joan Dawson from Save Our Rail group said she does not believe the government has satisfied all the requirements for removing the line.
"I'm lodging papers with the Supreme Court to apply for an injunction," she said.
"Section 99A of the Transport Administration Act clearly states that you do need an act of parliament before you can remove any part of the infrastructure of a rail line."
Ms Dawson said the haste with which the state government seems intent on shutting the line, two years before it intends to start the replacement light rail service, suggests there is another agenda at play.
"Well, I can't think other than that there must be a huge amount of money involved and there must have been some form of promissory arrangements made," she said.
"Otherwise, the only possible reason for taking out one service before there's another available of an equivalent quality, it really doesn't make any sense, other than there must have been some kind of agreement made."
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
About this website
Railpage version 3.10.0.0037
All logos and trademarks in this site are property of their respective owner. The comments are property of their posters, all the rest is © 2003-2020 Interactive Omnimedia Pty Ltd.
You can syndicate our news using one of the RSS feeds.