Rail link still vital service

THE disused Murwillumbah to Casino rail link remains the cornerstone of public transport in the Northern Rivers, according to Byron Shire Mayor Jan Barham.

An extra 70,000 people are expected to call the region home by 2036, and Cr Barham’s comments came as Northern Rivers Regional Development Board executive officer Katrina Luckie predicted the increased population would remain too “scattered” to sustain a cross-regional bus system.

In the days before she was mayor, Cr Barham said she spent 10 years sitting on committees looking at a regional strategy with the State Government, and the train had always been a focal point for the region.

“The State Government engaged independent consultants who identified the rail link as an important part of accommodating future population growth in the region,” Cr Barham said.

The Coalition has promised to introduce a rail service for the region, but Labor has no plans for the line, with an election 12 months away.



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