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Safety concerns over state government plan to dump train guards on Newcastle to Sydney line

May 13, 2017News

A train guard has spoken out about the Government’s unsafe plan to dump train guards on the Newcastle line. There’s a survey at the end of the article asking ‘Should all trains have guards on […] Read More »

Plea to bring Hunter rail manufacturing industry ‘back from the dead’

May 2, 2017News

The Hunter’s rail manufacturing industry has “disappeared without a whimper”, and needs a government to develop the political will to “bring it back from the dead”.  Read more in the Newcastle Herald. Read More »

Newcastle to Sydney train service getting worse: auditor

Apr 12, 2017News

The infamously slow and unreliable two-and-a-half hour train ride from Newcastle to Sydney has been getting worse since 2011, and transport authorities don’t know how to fix it, according to the Auditor-General. Read more in the Newcastle Herald. Read More »

MP calls for XPT fleet to be built in the Hunter

Apr 5, 2017News

Tim Crakanthorp MP has called on the NSW Government to build the replacement XPT train fleet in the Hunter. He also notes that the Hunter has two train manufacturers and that the NSW Government recently awarded […] Read More »

71 people faced with uncertainty as Newcastle train call centre closes

Mar 18, 2017News

— Media Release — The Rail Tram and Bus Union of NSW is condemning the decision of the NSW Liberal Government for the closure of Newcastle based NSW Trains call centre where 71 people are […] Read More »

Hot topic: High speed rail

Feb 23, 2017Hot Topic

As part of a recent opinion piece in the Newcastle Herald, Shadow Minister for infrastructure Anthony Albanese wrote: “We should also expedite progress on the proposed high speed rail link from Brisbane to Melbourne via […] Read More »

Auditor to investigate Kangy Angy maintenance site

Dec 16, 2016News

The NSW Auditor General has been asked to investigate how tiny, flood-affected Kangy Angy became preferred site for the new Sydney-Newcastle Intercity train maintenance facility, only weeks after Transport for NSW was slammed for a […] Read More »

Hunter and Illawarra jobs go as Pacific National cuts 121 freight rail positions

Oct 28, 2016News

Pacific National has announced big job cuts which will hit the Hunter Valley and the Illawarra hard. There are 121 jobs on the line in total, with 32 drivers to go from Port Waratah, eight from Greta, […] Read More »

Newcastle Local Freight Meetings

Oct 6, 2016News

Date: Thursday 13th October 2016 Venue: Carrington Bowling Club Pacific National: 10am-11.30am Aurizon: 12.00pm to 1.30pm Freightliner: 2pm to 3.30pm All members are welcome to attend their respective meetings. Meetings will cover general business and give […] Read More »

RTBU Women’s Campaign Committee On The Road

Aug 10, 2016News

The RTBU Women’s Campaign Committee (WCC) is travelling up to Newcastle for the next meeting.  As such, the WCC would like to extend an invitation for all women that are RTBU members to attend this […] Read More »

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