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$220 million per kilometre: Sydney to Newcastle rail line rejig to burn cash

Sep 21, 2017News

A fresh NSW transport leak reveals that the decision to shut down the last two kilometres of the Sydney to Newcastle railway line was taken before costing the light rail replacement and without an assessment […] Read More »

Shutdown – Loco Member Meetings Newcastle

Aug 15, 2017News

Wednesday 16th August Freightliner An organizer will be attending Freightliner’s scheduled safety meeting during lunch to catch up with members. Thursday 17th August – Carrington Bowling Club Pacific National – 11am Agenda – PN EA […] Read More »

Safety of Newcastle commuters in jeopardy if guards removed

Jul 6, 2017Uncategorized

The safety of Newcastle commuters is in jeopardy with the Government considering a proposal to remove guards from the new Intercity Train Fleet, reports member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp. Read more. Read More »

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 »

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