Greens' MP David Shoebridge showed his colours on Tuesday morning by catching the 6:45am train from Sydney to Newcastle with his family.
He was met by a group of about 30 protesters who had gathered in defence of the rail ahead of a court injunction in the NSW's Supreme Court.
‘‘I commend Save Our Rail for being in there and having that fight today,’’ Mr Shoebridge said.
‘‘Three cheers for Save Our Rail’’.
Mr Shoebridge was met with cheers when he said that despite the outcome of the injunction today, the fight to save the rail would continue.
‘‘If this government ... and the developers in this town think that even if they do close the line on Boxing Day that that’s it - that the campaign is over - I think they have another thing coming,’’ he said.
‘‘There is a passion for public transport, there is a passion for public interest and there is a very deep passion to keep this rail link into the heart of Newcastle."
‘‘We can’t let them get away with it, we won’t let them get away with it and we will make sure that next year we will be able to catch the train into Newcastle’’.
The group were asked to move from the platform by rail staff but chose to stay and occupy the space.
‘‘I think we have a right to occupy public land, we have a right to have public transport and we have a right to stand up and oppose this appalling decision,’’ Mr Shoebridge said.
‘‘I think we should occupy this space for a significant time this morning, so let's stay here and make a physical commitment’’.