Thanks for Lydia Kindred’s article (3 November) dispelling myths about the Northern Rivers train service.
The anti-train lobby, usually state government apologists, often argue that the Casino to Murwillumbah train line was unprofitable. Of course in the years immediately before closure in 2004, it was. That is because the XPT train service was based on a Sydney timetable.
However, a train service connecting our local towns to the Gold Coast, with trains running at the regular hours that people travel would be a huge success.
Train travel, complemented by bus services, would be a huge bonus to the region. Many hinterland towns are being held back by the severe lack of public transport.