If the NSW state government were to propose converting an existing railway line into a rail trail in Sydney the population would riot.
The Queensland government is replacing the rail system that former corrupted governments sold off, and have already completed a light rail system from Southport to Broadbeach. The additional thousands of traffic movements from the NSW state government’s approval of the West Byron development in gridlocked Byron Bay scream out for light rail on the existing track.
New railways, light rail and under-harbour tunnels are proposed for Sydney but up here in Hippy Land they offer us a rail trail. I would appreciate walking or bicycling a few kilometres through lovely countryside on a rail trail but not at the expense of thousands of people having the opportunity to commute to work and school students, locals and tourists all able to use light rail.
I’m sure the Chinese could quickly and cheaply develop a light rail system for us using the infrastructure as it stands and the costs may well be similar to the tens of millions of dollars the state government is proposing to spend on ripping up the train lines.
With rapidly growing populations, increasing transportation costs due to dwindling oil reserves and technological advances in transportation, light rail may well be essential for our future economy, sanity and health.
North Byron Beach Resort owner Brian Flannery is already planning a railmotor service so let’s ask him to use his contacts to investigate modern transportation development opportunities.
Gary Opit, Wooyung