Push for trains back on track

Group hold­ing meet­ing to dis­cuss Casino-M’bah ser­vice

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

SUP­PORT­ERS of trains for the North­ern Rivers will hold a meet­ing in Casino next week in an ef­fort to stop plans for a rail trail.

The North­ern Rivers Rail­way Ac­tion Group (NRRAG) is hold­ing the meet­ing at the Casino RSM on Thurs­day at 6pm.

NRRAG spokes­woman Beth Shel­ley said many peo­ple were pes­simistic about the pos­si­bil­ity of trains re­turn­ing to the re­gion.

“When I talk to peo­ple about hav­ing trains run­ning on the Casino to Mur­willum­bah rail­way line it seems they don’t be­lieve it will ever hap­pen,” she said. “They’ve been told it’s un­af­ford­able and the con­di­tion of the track is re­ally bad.”

Ms Shel­ley said NRRAG be­lieved the gov­ern­ment “de­lib­er­ately over-in­flated” the cost of restor­ing the rail line, and that the track was in good con­di­tion in “many ar­eas”.

“To have reg­u­lar trains run­ning sev­eral times a day be­tween Casino and Mur­willum­bah is af­ford­able and would be of huge ben­e­fit to the peo­ple, the econ­omy and en­vi­ron­ment of the North­ern Rivers,” she said.

“How­ever, we are at risk of los­ing our rail­way track al­to­gether if the pro­posal to rip up the tracks to re­place them with a push­bike track goes ahead. The cost of rail is about 20 times cheaper than roads and rail is 200 times safer.

“The Tweed Shire Coun­cil has de­cided to hold a con­sul­ta­tion with the lo­cal com­mu­nity con­cern­ing the rail trail pro­posal at Mur­willum­bah and whether peo­ple want rail ser­vices or a bike path.

“It is es­sen­tial to con­sider all the facts be­fore mak­ing such an im­por­tant de­ci­sion.

“Rich­mond Val­ley Coun­cil could do the same.”

Thurs­day night’s meet­ing will in­clude a screen­ing of NRRAG’s new film, Bring­ing Trains Back to the North­ern Rivers. There will be sev­eral speak­ers fol­lowed by a Q and A ses­sion.

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