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I left the Byron Writer’s Festival at 4.30pm on the Friday and it took 10-15 minutes to get down Bayshore Drive to Ewingsdale Road where traffic sat unmoving heading into Byron.

I don’t remember anywhere in Sydney where it’s taken so long to get a few kilometres.

I’m not sure why more people aren’t excited about the quiet, little train that will go between north Byron and Byron Bay. It appears there have been people door-knocking in the Sunrise area giving out complete misinformation.

I live locally in the Northern Rivers but rarely go to Byron as the traffic congestion and parking are a nightmare.

I’d love to park at North Byron and ride the train into town to enjoy the great music and food. I think people have been misinformed about the impacts and need to get the real information.

Beth Shelley, Booerie Creek

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  1. Beth – I think a shuttle train like that which can only go to one destination simply adds to the confusion. The reality is its a private clunker for the cashed-up tourists of the resort. What would be useful is a roundabout on the intersection of Bayshore Drive and Ewingsdale Road with fleets of small buses going to designated major destinations. Maybe even police directing traffic at major bottlenecks. Otherwise we sit in the queue. Actually I went for all 3 days of the festival and it wasn’t that bad.

    • Neil, your rather fact-less comment could not be further from the truth.

      First of all, the railmotor will go to 2 destinations, Bayshore Drive and Lawson Street level crossing.
      Second, the railmotor is surprisingly quiet, and is much quiter than a bus or tuck that frequent Byron Bay regularly. The fare for a one-way journey is $3 – Call that cashed up? Stop putting up anti-rail walls with no substance and just embrace the good this railmotor will do.


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