LETTER: Hazzard decision shows no benefit

GARRY Zimmerman (‘‘Level-crossing whiners naive’’, Letters 27/12) gets it right on all points.

 Planning and Infrastructure  Minister Brad Hazzard has not, that I can see, tabled one  technical, financial or social reason  for ripping out rail from Newcastle to Wickham, and has shown no tangible benefits.

When questioned at the announcement he simply said that there was no detail ready or available to support his decision.

 One can only assume that he made his decision on the advice of the NSW Infrastructure Board and/or the Hunter Development Council. 

Any organisation charged with improving infrastructure gets it horribly wrong when it advocates removal of infrastructure. 

Garry Zimmerman says connectivity and at-ground access will not be delivered  if there are high-rise buildings located close to the rail corridor. He is right. 

One only needs to look at the buildings around Civic station to obtain a first hand image of what he is saying. 

An Adamstown gates solution, the Glendale interchange and the western freight bypass are the infrastructure items that should be pursued. 

I and members of my alliance have reviewed the urban renewal documents on display and there is no justification contained  to support the rail truncation decision. 

In fact, the economic assessment attached as an appendix says  the renewal can proceed with any transport option. 

My current assessment is Mr Zimmerman 1, my alliance 1 and Mr Hazzard nil.

Gary Foster, 

Newcastle And Hunter Region Transport Alliance


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