Jillian Spring, Billinudgel
In the article – At a gathering of trainspotters, 21/4/21 by David Lisle, re Tweed Council Rail Trail, it is noted in brackets ‘fully funded and already under construction’ – well, no. Their RT is not either. Actually, in a document produced by Rider Levett Bucknall, called Casino to Murwillumbah Rail Trail Concept Cost Plan Estimate Report, the estimate presented is a desktop study only.
Mr Bucknall’s report states: ‘The sites have not been visited to look at the issues relating to converting existing track to rail trail’. No allowance had been made for umpteen works, including treatment, handling or disposal of any contaminated material, and the list went on!
Mr Bucknall’s report was for The ARUP Study, stating there was no way we could keep our rail line, yet actually ARUP did say, all should be stopped until connection with Qld had been fully investigated!
So much information was ignored and MPs, Crs, NOROC, who had all fought for our railway and saw the tourism need it addressed, backflipped, changing their position to: Rip our rail lines out!