Here is an angle not explored in the rail trail craze.
Young people in Byron find it hard to find affordable accommodation, apart from sharing houses, and still paying enormous amounts of money, while often working in the hospitality industry in Byron Bay.
The options are to live in the more affordable Mullum or Ocean Shores, Brunswick Heads and beyond and then driving into town, if they are lucky enough to have four wheels, to find themselves often stuck in traffic.
Imagine you could live at those locations for their greater affordabillity and catch a light rail service hassle free, maybe having your car parked in Billinudgel or Mullum, if you are a bit further away.
On the weekend you are taking you surfboard onto the train and enjoy the ocean.
Of course same would apply to any tourists in the hinterland, too happy to leave the stress of entering Byron with their car behind and enjoying a wonderful holiday. Pretty simple really.
Jens Krause, Byron Bay