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February 4, 2023

Rail trail – is it viable?

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I applaud Council’s approach that the existing rail corridor between Mullumbimby and Byron be a combined train and cycle track.

However, can someone please provide a detailed and accurate cross-section as to how this will work safely on the existing bridges and embankments? Unless the tracks are to be re-laid to one side of the rail reserve, it cannot be done.


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2 COMMENTS

  1. In his speech before the passing of the legislation to build a rail trail and protect the corridor in Richmond Valley and Tweed, local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin explained the safety and other ssues that make it difficult to build the rail trail beside the unused line. He did say that Transport for NSW was working with Byron Shire on the issues with its rail and trail plans, referring to Simon Richardson as an outstanding public servant. He also thanked Labor members for their support for the legislation and their work ensuring the corridor remained in public hands. It was good to hear bipartisan support from Labor, Lina and N

  2. In his speech before the passing of the legislation to build a rail trail and protect the corridor in Richmond Valley and Tweed, local Nationals MLC Ben Franklin explained the safety and other ssues that make it difficult to build the rail trail beside the unused line. He did say that Transport for NSW was working with Byron Shire on the issues with its rail and trail plans, referring to Simon Richardson as an outstanding public servant. He also thanked Labor members for their support for the legislation and their work ensuring the corridor remained in public hands. It was good to hear bipartisan support from Labor, Libs and Nationals for our area.
    My own observation after walking – and crawling – two stretched of the corriidir is that topography will make trail beside rail difficult but it’s important the engineers look at the issues metre by metre and do so sooner rather than later, so we know how to proceed in Byron Shire.

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