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NSW Transport Minister John Watkins has no immediate plans to reopen the rail line between Casino and Murwillumbah.
During a visit to Byron Bay yesterday, the Minister was greeted by a group of people protesting about the lack of train services on the north coast.
The State Government has always blamed the Commonwealth for the closure of the rail line, accusing it of withdrawing funds.
Mr Watkins says a working party has been appointed to look at the viability of reopening the rail line for freight or commuter trains.
"There is a working party that's currently looking at those different options, I'll be guided by them," he said.
"They continue to meet and I hope by the end of the year or early next year they will have finished their deliberations as to freight possibilities, commuter transport possibilities on that line and then we'll be able to take a final decision and I'll be able to share that with the community of the north coast, but at the moment certainly the Government's decision to end the XPT into Murwillumbah stands."
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