Train service return mooted

PLANS are under way to establish a private commuter service along the Casino - to - Murwillumbah railway line.

A rail enthusiasts group is seeking a meeting with state and federal government representatives, armed with plans to reinstate train services along the line.

The Tweed Railway Society, a communitybased group, is also looking into additional transport for the region, including a tram for Byron Bay.

If all goes to plan, the group also wants the local rail line extended to Coolangatta to link up with Queensland Rail.

The society's president Phil Mackenzie said they were drawing up a business plan and believed the project was financially viable.

"The state government have said they are not interested in running any passenger services on this line, so it's up to private enterprise," he said.

"We intend to make it work and are putting together a business plan that is feasible and realistic and that will allow us to charge reasonable fares for services."

Mr Mackenzie also said the idea of a tram for Byron Bay was not new.

He said the Bay had a rich tram history and up until the 1970s was serviced by a tram called The Green Frog.

"I've been in touch with Victoria and they have 200 trams sitting in warehouses waiting for good homes," he said

"We can have them for nothing as long as we pay operational costs."

Mr Mackenzie said with petrol prices as high as they were, the region was crying out for more affordable transport options.

He said public support was there, but they needed answers from the State Government.

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