Media Release | Wednesday December 19, 2012
John Robertson MP | NSW Opposition Leader
Penny Sharpe MLC | Shadow Transport Minister
ROBERTSON LAUNCHES LABOR CAMPAIGN TO KEEP NEWCASTLE RAIL LINE
Opposition Leader John Robertson has launched Labor's campaign to keep the Newcastle Rail Line – condemning Barry O'Farrell for handing a first-rate city a second-rate public transport system.
Mr Robertson caught the 10.40am train from Maitland then switched to a bus at Wickham for the rest of the trip to Newcastle – just as commuters will have to do once the rail line is cut.
He was joined by Shadow Transport Minister Penny Sharpe, Cessnock MP Clayton Barr and about 100 rail line supporters.
The journey time from Maitland to Newcastle with a bus change at Wickham is 44 minutes – assuming a tight connection is made. This compares with just 33 minutes catching the train direct.