Causley demands return of derailed train service

THE NSW Labor Government should immediately reopen the Murwillumbah to Casino rail line with the help of promised Federal money, says re-elected National Party MP for Page Ian Causley.

Mr Causley said yesterday the NSW Government now had no excuse not to reopen the line, because $30 million which the Coalition Government promised during the election campaign was there for the taking.

But State Transport Minister Michael Costa, who closed the line earlier this year, is remaining mute on whether he will take the money.

A spokesman for Mr Costa said yesterday it was too soon after the Federal election to comment on the matter.

Mr Causley said $30 million was 'quite sufficient', with an independent study on the costs of reopening the line prior to the Federal election indicating only $28 million was needed.

However, he suggested trains could be put back on track for much less by using lighter Explorer trains rather than the XPT.

Mr Causley said an Explorer train from Murwillumbah could then connect with the Sydney Brisbane XPT at Casino.

"When we were in government in NSW we put the lighter trains on the lines to Moree and Tamworth," he said, adding they did not require the same high standard of track as the XPT.



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