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The concept of a shuttle train sounds like a really good idea to get people out of their cars. The trouble I believe is there are many issues that have not been looked at or given enough review.

Some of the issues are:

  • What will be the impact on the traffic at Lawson Street when the road is closed 20 times a day (report says minimum of 10 trips a day on the weekend)?
  • Have the pollution issues been measured? This includes noise pollution for the residents along the line and the soot from the diesel engine.
  • Has a study been done to determine how many people would use the train?
  • If the Rail Trail goes ahead and the train is using the existing track a new path will be required. Will the developers pay for the additional cost of the new path and bridge?
  • What other options were looked at such as solar powered buses, electric carts etc?

I believe these issues need to be satisfactorily resolved before the proposal is approved by the state government.

Greg Byrnes, Lennox Head

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  1. Hmmmm. Sounds like the only thing that Greg omitted from his letter was “and I would much rather see bikes on that track than a train that everyone can use”. Given how buttoned down the operation is that’s behind this shuttle I find it hard to believe that these issues are not addressed in their submission. Maybe Greg should read it and he might get the answers to his questions. Roll on rail across the Northern Rivers!

    • Christina, yes I am pro having bikes, walkers etc on the Rail Trail but a lot of people that are pro the Rail Trail are also in favour of this proposal.

      I have read the submission and none of the points I have raised are answered in it. If they can be answered then I will back the idea.

  2. To be honest I commend all you people who spend countless hours donating their time to resurrecting the rail line even though few people used it when it was in service. Fact is the Government, Federal or State , is not going to spend any money what-so-ever on a train service so far from Sydney when the trains in the city need up-grading . Please spend your valuable time & effort on something that will at least show a result …There`s only so many times you can bash your head against the wall …

  3. One day there will be a train back on this line and many, many people support its return. Those people like me who believe that our community would be better off with a light rail system rather than relying on a roads will not tire and it’s precisely long-term commitment like this that will one day see it happen.

  4. Christina, check the two petitions, you are wrong if you think that the train has majority support. As of 04 February the Rail Trail has 2698 signatures to the Train’s 527. No one has signed the train petition now for 6 days. Support for the rail trail also grows at a faster pace that the support for the train. If you want sensible, practical and affordable rail transport in the Northern Rivers, read the ‘Cross Border Transport Taskforce’ discussion paper (2007), click here to download the PDF (only 7 pages, surely its worth a read) ( 3rd from the bottom of the page) http://www.rail2trail.org.au/pages/links.php Briefly, there is support for extending the railway south once Queensland Rail finally reaches the border sometime after 2026. In the meanwhile, lets support the rail trail as per the wishes of the majority.


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