Elliot lets off steam over trains



NSW Liberal leader John Brogden's visit to Murwillumbah last week supporting reinstatement of the axed North Coast train service was an exercise in buck-passing, according to Richmond MP Justine Elliot.

Labor's Ms Elliot yesterday called on the NSW Liberals and Nationals to convince Federal Transport Minister John Anderson to stop holding back the train.

"During the Federal election, the Liberals and Nationals promised to reinstate the train if they won," Ms Elliot said.

"Well, they did win the election, but North Coast families are still waiting for their train," she said.

"John Brogden came to Murwillumbah for five minutes to kick our train around like a political football.

"Enough is enough, the buckpassing must stop now.

"The last thing we need is a silvertail from the North Shore of Sydney using something as important as our train to score cheap political points.

"It's clear Mr Brogden has no influence on the Federal Government.

"If he did, he would already have convinced John Anderson to make a long-term commitment to our train."

The North Coast train line was closed earlier this year by the NSW Government, arguing the cost of retaining it was not supported by patronage.

Mr Brogden in Murwillumbah on Friday said the NSW Coaltion would re-establish the Murwillumbah to Casino train link if it won the State election due in two years.

He called on the NSW Government to immediately take up the Federal Government's $30 million offer to reinstate the train service.

Mr Brogden also said the NSW Government should start planning for an extension of a commuter rail service to Coolangatta, following a NSW Upper House committee recommendation for the NSW Government to identify a rail corridor for a future line and con- duct a feasibility study.



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