People need to stop writing unsubstantiated rubbish about train services on the Casino to Murwillumbah rail line.
Tweed Shire Council is not ‘looking at a train system that will fit within the existing Pacific Highway corridor’.
Even if there was room for a train line on the Pacific Highway, (imagine the danger and disruption to fast moving traffic of people accessing the train) trains are not the responsibility of local government.
Like highways, train lines are state owned infrastructure, and council staff have no expertise in building any such system or running train services.
No politician, or state government, are proposing to build, or fund, any new train line anywhere on the North Coast.
Despite the state government’s own 2012 Condition Assessment report on the C-M line clearly showing that over three quarters of the line only needs minor maintenance, our local state politicians, Thomas George and Geoff Provest, are planning to spend over $12 million of taxpayer’s money destroying this valuable, publicly owned, infrastructure.
Despite their criminal neglect of the C-M line, we know that it will cost a fraction of what the politicians have claimed to repair the line for trains.
Political parties receive so much money from the road transport lobby they’d rather waste millions destroying the line, but it’s very clear to the community that if we allow them to do so, there will never be another one built.
No matter how many times the bikers claim that buses are better, that local bus services currenetly have such low patronage clearly demonstrates they are not popular with commuters.
That applies even more so to the huge, noisy CountryLink buses running through our towns spewing toxic diesel fumes everywhere, costing taxpayers’ millions, with one or two people on board!
Local buses are great to get people around town and to and from train stations, but only the train line provides the connection needed between towns, to the main line at Casino, and eventually to Coolangatta Airport and Brisbane.
As for bendy train lines, people who used the old rail motor in 2004 know that it took ten minutes to get between Mullumbimby, Byron and Bangalow, much faster than driving, despite the bends. No need to spend time driving around looking for non-existent parking spots either.
Only people who have never used commuter trains would make such a silly claim that they are so noisy they need to be deviated around towns.
Modern, fuel efficient commuter trains are less noisy than buses.
One of the most valuable aspects of the C-M line is that it runs through the center of so many towns and population centers and the convenience that provides for commuters who are then able to walk, or heaven forbid, cycle around town.
You can’t take bicycles on buses.
It’s no secret that locals are losing patience with the number of tourists being packed into our towns and the accompanying traffic congestion that is destroying our quality of life and local amenity.
People are sick of seeing so much taxpayers’ money spent by the state government continually promoting the area to encourage more tourists.
Locals want that money spent on infrastructure, particularly a train service, to ameliorate some of the traffic congestion, and lack of parking in our towns.
Good heavens, It may even make towns safer for people to cycle to work, school, or the shops, as they used to do.
But it’s clear that the bikers will use any silly excuse to try and justify ripping up the valuable, publicly owned, C-M line for a tourist gimmick bike track.
Locals are much better informed about the condition and value of the line and the cost effective, safe public transport it will provide for locals and 4.6 million tourists to the region.
Louise Doran, Ocean Shores