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Published on Oct 19, 2008
San Diego is an example of a city that has redeveloped its waterfront while still retaining its harbourside rail corridor. Access between the city and the waterfront is provided by level crossings.
This virtual tour around the San Diego waterfront shows you how this city has connected its city and waterfront, while still retaining rail services.
Unfortunately, on the other side of the world in Newcastle, Australia, the old "cut the rail" debate has been reignited by an ultimatum from GPT (General Property Trust) threatening to withdraw from its half a billion dollar CBD retail development unless the rail line is removed (due the heavy rail posing a barrier). The only solution GPT has been able to come up with is the already discredited "rail must go" nonsense.
Where else in the world would you find a city seriously contemplating the removal of it heavy rail right into the CBD, right on the harbour, and only 5 minutes walk from the beach???
The non-profit community group Save Our Rail would like to see the GPT development in Newcastle, but with the heavy rail in place. Their connectivity concerns can be solved by the State Government providing ample level crossings.
San Diego has proved that such a solution can and does work.