The article in yesterday’s Echonetdaily on ‘Train line tarred over in Byron Bay’ – states that it is the (Byron) mayor’s plan to have a rail motor run between Bangalow and Yelgun.
As the proponent of the Byron Bay TramLink, I doubt that this is factual. I have had many discussions with mayor Simon Richardson who is keen for the railway tracks to be available to a multitude of users, not just one operator.
The diesel rail motor service which is expected to begin operations later this year will run from Elements of Byron into Byron Bay, stopping near the caravan park.
Byron Bay TramLink will operate sustainably-powered electric trams and light-rail vehicles, initially between Bangalow and Byron Bay, then extending through Mullumbimby to Billinudgel and Yelgun.
It would be appreciated if you could correct the published story so that your readers know that there are plans in place to get the tracks into use as soon as possible.
It’s not an overnight process. A correction will also allay the fears of those who may fantasise about the rail-trail movement beginning work on their project.
Peter Finch, Byron Bay TramLink