Speculation ends as last train leaves town
LOOKING BACK: April 6, 2004
ON APRIL 6, 2004, the announcement was made that the Murwillumbahcasino rail link would be closed.
The closure came just months into a promised 12month moratorium on the service, despite repeated assurances by Tweed MP Neville Newell that the service was safe.
In 2003 Mr Newell called speculation on the line closure “scaremongering” and just six weeks before the closure assured the
Daily News the line would not be closed.
On April 6, Mr Newell could offer little response, saying he was angry and disappointed and that “I have called for an urgent meeting with the Minister for Transport (Michael Costa) to discuss the maintenance of the service”.
The Northern Rivers XPT reached the end of the line on April 6 when Treasurer Michael Egan announced the daily train service would be cancelled and replaced by a twice-daily bus service.
The bus service would cater for all the existing train stop towns plus another eight new towns not serviced by the train.
Murwillumbah railway station ceased operation, and the Murwillumbahcasino line closed down, on May 16, 2004, after the last XPT pulled out of town.
END OF THE LINE: Passengers board at Murwillumbah Railway Station in the 1920s.