Louise Doran, Ocean Shores
It’s planned to spend $78m of taxpayers’ money to move the traffic congestion, dangerously banking up at the Byron Bay exit of the M1 further up Ewingsdale Road (7 October). Add the $24m cost of the Byron bypass, which bypasses the train station in town, and the $5.7m roundabout, and the cost so far to try and keep the traffic flowing into Byron – not reduce it – is a massive $107.5m spent on just six kilometres of road.
Repairing three kilometres of train line running alongside this road cost less than $2m for a train service. Which means the remaining 9 kilometres of line into Mullumbimby could be repaired, and trains running, for less than $6m.
The state government and their dodgy spin doctors, with their equally dodgy ‘studies’, keep telling people that getting trains running on 132km of the Casino to Murwillumbah line would be too expensive, and we may as well dig it up for a bike track, which will cost well over $100m and not take one car off the roads.
Talk about allowing lunatics to run the asylum!