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Monday, 17 December 2012

Newcastle rail closure is for developers not residents – Greens

Newcastle Railway Station
Greens MP and transport spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says the NSW Government's decision to close the rail line from Wickham and replace
services with buses will hold back Newcastle and is for the interests of developers rather than residents.

"It's laughable that the government is presenting buses replacing trains as a long term solution. Newcastle needs planning vision, not more of the same," said Ms Faehrmann.

"Removing the line will hold Newcastle back. Infrastructure NSW's tunnel vision of winding back public transport and replacing with more roads and motor vehicles is 70s era thinking and it will be a disaster in the coming decades.

"Why spend so much valuable money on removing public transport infrastructure, when it could be spent improving it.

"The line will be sorely missed if it goes. So much so that I predict a future government will see this folly as it is and bring back the line. But it's not too late to save it and I think the community will come out strongly in its defence.

"The government clearly hasn't thought very hard about alternative solutions to revitalise Newcastle city centre. That's because they are motivated by the interests of big developers rather than the people who live, shop and work in the area.

"We can connect Newcastle and create new spaces for urban renewal without ripping up what little public transport there is. We need more rail not less!" said Ms Faehrmann.

Media contact: Peter Stahel 0433 005 727

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