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Newcastle residents fighting the truncation of the city's rail line have rejected a state government argument that the closure of two stations does not mean the line has been closed.
A barrister representing the government made the comment at a hearing in the Court of Appeal yesterday.
The Hunter Development Corporation is appealing against a Supreme Court ruling that an act of Parliament is needed to cut the rail line at Wickham.
Save Our Rail vice-president Kim Cross said the legal argument over the definition of a closed rail line does not make sense.
"I think that's a loser for HDC," she said.
"One of the judges made a comment to the effect of, 'well people may not consider that to be the case in relation to Newcastle Station'.
"I think that that's a strong argument that we have."
Save Our Rail president Joan Dawson said the legal battle comes down to semantics and technicalities.
"It's been endless, the definitions situation, I'm sure there's a reason for that," she said.
"That's what a lot of it hangs on, the definition of what vested means, and what compulsory acquisition means, and whether they can prevail over the Transport Administration Act."
The hearing continues today.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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