The Newcastle Greens today called on the State Government to implement a fully integrated public transport system for the lower Hunter that includes retention of the rail line into historic Newcastle Station.
“Adequate levels of public transport are a community right. The community has invested a lot in the public transport system over the years and ask in return that the government manage it properly,” said Michael Osborne, the Newcastle Greens Ward 2 Candidate
“While there are lots of ways in which we could improve the current transport system, removing rail lines is not one of them,” Michael Osborne said.
“The community has had many ideas over the years about how to develop and update our transport system. Ideas such as a landscaped rail line with level pedestrian crossings, integrated ticketing for trains, buses and ferries and expanded car parking at suburban stations are all valuable community suggestions which would solve many current concerns about the Newcastle rail line, and encourage greater use of public transport,” he said.
“With global warming a reality in this country, it is irresponsible to be encouraging more cars on our already crowded city streets by cutting transport lines. Surely we have more vision than that.”
“The government should listen to the community. The travelling public has been cut out of the debate up to now and they need to be included in the review of our public transport system.”
“Greens research has shown that the idea of replacing the rail line with a circuit bus would mean that more than 75% of commuters would be worse off.”
“We need to improve our public transport system with better and more coordinated connections between services, the provision of efficient and attractive interchange services and facilities such as storage lockers for bikes and radio alerted taxi connections,” Mr Osborne concluded.
A community rally has been organised by the Save Our Rail committee for 12 noon on Saturday 6th December at Enterprise Park, on the corner of Scott and Watt Streets, opposite the Newcastle Railway Station.