- Created on Tuesday, 21 February 2006 22:06
TEC Urban Campaigner Mr Leigh Martin said, "the Newcastle and Hunter regions are experiencing rapid population growth. Cutting rail access to the Newcastle CBD was an insane idea that would simply have promoted increased car use and Sydney style gridlock. We are pleased that the Government has listened to public opinion and pledged to maintain this vital service."
"With strong population growth in the region expected to continue, improvements to public transport will be an essential part of sound urban planning in the region. It is vital that the Government not repeat mistakes made in Sydney where failure to provide public transport infrastructure to service a growing population has resulted in rising car dependency, traffic chaos and worsening air pollution. Maintaining the Newcastle rail link and providing new interchanges at Broadmeadow and Glendale are key parts of developing an effective public transport network," Mr Martin said.
"Further improvements to public transport, including better bus services and possible light rail development will also be required to curb growing car use and protect air quality. The Government now has the opportunity to develop a truly reliable and effective public transport network in the Lower Hunter. This will be crucial in ensuring the sustainability and long term prosperity of the region", Mr Martin said.