Mayors call for commuter train



NORTHERN Rivers mayors have called for the state government to do a feasibility study on a possible commuter train on the Casino-to-Murwillumbah branch line.

The call follows Transport Minister John Watkins' rejection of plans for a commuter service while visiting the region last week.

Northern Rivers Regional Organisation of Councils president Ernie Bennett said Mr Watkins' rejection was based on "outdated and discredited" figures used to justify the government's scrapping of the XPT service.

"The fact is the community has moved on," Cr Bennett said.

"We want a commuter service and a serious investigation into linking the Northern Rivers rail line with the line into south-east Queensland."



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