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The ‘proposed’ (pretty much fait accompli) ‘light rail’ (stinky old diesel) shuttle service to carry passengers between Elements eco-resort and Lawson Street will include a long and loud horn sounding at the uncontrolled Border Street level crossing four times every hour between 8am and 10pm.

It will leave a fog of diesel exhaust fumes, heavy in toxins and carcinogens, sitting in the well of the rail corridor, and renew it every 15 minutes.

It will, in short, turn the entire district surrounding the track in Belongil and Sunrise into a very undesirable place to live.

It will not make any significant improvement to the Ewingsdale Road traffic problem, since a very small proportion of that traffic comes from Sunrise.

Does Council really care so little? They have the power to veto this stupidity by simply not granting the DA seeking permission to build the infrastructure. Please encourage them enthusiastically!

Steve Russell, Byron Bay

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  1. Unsubstantiated fear mongering.

    Are you aware the amount of car exhaust fumes in Byron at the moment would be 10 times that of a railmotor.

    As for your diesel visions, remember, its not a steam train, so its not like the diesel is going to be visible at all. And you probably won’t even be able to smell the fumes.

    I know for a fact Casino isn’t anywhere near what you say, and they have diesel train movements (Freight trains, XPT trains, Steam Trains etc.) way more frequently than 1 railmotor in Byron.

    The general affect on Byron by the rail motor is equal to nothing. Compared to all the cars, it is a nothingness.

    If you have queries, please see here: http://northbyronbeachresort.com.au/rail-shuttle/
    Instead of posting not necessarily factual information on things like the echo.

  2. The accommodation houses will be full on the opening ceremony weekend with foamers,gunzels,gricers,ferroequinologists,rail buffs,rail fans ,trainspotters and train tragics.
    Might have to put on my old Thomas the Tank engineers uniform ,strap a camera around my neck and bring my thermos to the opening.


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