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REGIONAL residents will suffer most if the state government’s plan for light rail in Newcastle goes ahead, Greens transport spokeswoman Dr Mehreen Faruqi said yesterday.
She was at Wickham station to talk to commuters about the station becoming the interchange location when the heavy rail line is cut.
“For them [regional residents] to have to stop at Wickham and then have to change modes of transport, whether it be a bus or light rail, would really add inconvenience to them,” Dr Faruqi said.
“This line brings people from across the Hunter region, from Scone, from Dungog, from Maitland right into the heart of Newcastle.
“What we need to do is try to improve the current line.”
Also present during the Wickham visit was Newcastle Greens Councillor Michael Osborne, who said he hadn’t spoken to anyone in favour of light rail.
“A lot of people come into Newcastle and go to the beach and want the services all the way into the beach,” he said.
Cardiff resident Charles Frank agreed. “It saves time catching the train,” he said.
Newcastle East resident Grant Hermann said he was concerned about the unnecessary costs.
Those in favour of the light rail project have previously said it will improve connections to the waterfront and increase public transport choice.
This article first appeared on www.theherald.com.au
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