Promises difficult to track down
TWEED Labor politicians have been told to use their influence with the NSW Labor Government to get trains back on the Murwillumbah-to-Casino track.
But both yesterday declined to say they would - instead choosing to attack a report that calls for the return of the trains and criticise the amount of money the Federal Government is offering.
National Party member of the NSW Upper House Jenny Gardiner called on State Labor MP for Tweed Neville Newell and new Federal Labor MP for Richmond Justine Elliot to do what was necessary to get trains running on the line once again.
She said Mr Newell was "headed for the dustbin of history" if he didn't.
However Mr Newell said the report was "another attempt at maximising political coverage for the National Party and not about returning the rail service".
He said it ignored engineering advice on the state of the track, assumed 50 per cent of passengers would suddenly start paying full fare rather than discount pensioner fares and also assumed patronage would suddenly jump 60 percent.
He said suggestions a light rail service could run on the line with no upgrade were "merely getting in the way, probably deliberately, of what is required".
Ms Elliot said it was up to Deputy Prime Minister and Federal Transport Minister John Anderson to match Federal Labor's pre-election commitment to provide $150 million for the re-opening of the line.
She said Tweed residents had voted in favour of that commitment by electing her in the Federal poll and she would continue to lobby the Federal Government to provide funding.