It’s so lovely to cycle around the shire. How can anyone seriously consider a rail trail part of a public transport solution?
It is so ridiculous, it is difficult to find words for it. I have talked to hundreds of people while petitioning for a light rail integrated transport option in the region, who do not see cycling between towns as their idea of public transport.
It is not good for the vast majority of residents. Some people want a cycling path too, but as soon as they find out it means ripping up the tracks and the end of any rail prospects forever, they see the flaw of the current proposal.
The government must go back to the drawing board.
If they are not prepared to do a new study that includes tourism, a staged restoration of the line, a repair (and not a demolish and rebuild) costings assumptions, they should leave their hands off the rail corridor.
Any potential public money for a rail trail must be diverted to a regional rail service.
Jens Krause, Byron Bay