Started by SurfRail, August 25, 2011, 17:13:12 PM
Quote from: ABC NewsReport quashes cross-border rail link hopesPosted August 25, 2011 13:21:47 A new report on transport issues in the Tweed could spell the end for long-held hopes of a rail link between Murwillumbah and the Gold Coast.The report identifies better bus services as the most efficient way to improve public transport in the shire.It recommends integration with the TransLink system that operates in south-east Queensland.The Tweed Shire Council's director of engineering, Patrick Knight, says there are not enough passengers to justify an investment in rail."If there was to be a rail link it would be along the coast up to the Gold Coast, there's just not the population in Murwillumbah to justify it," he said."But on that, we've calculated that on our most popular routes we would be battling to get a thousand persons per hour across that route."Our calculations show that we need about 5,000 per hour to justify light rail and more for heavy rail."http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-08-25/report-quashes-cross-border-rail-link-hopes/2855592
Quote from: colinw on August 26, 2011, 08:41:39 AMExcellent news. The M'bah line is a dead parrot, and I wish people would stop trying to proclaim it to not be.The future of rail south of the border is 3'6" servicing the coastal towns, potentially as far as Ballina but at least Brunswick Heads & Byron Bay. Probably not in my lifetime 'though, we live in the wrong country to get projects like that implemented.As far as the Murwillumbah line goes, I am dead against it re-opening right through to M'bah, but wouldn't be opposed to Casino - Lismore re-opening, and potentially even Casino - Byron Bay. Beyond that is a dead loss.
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