LOCAL BUSINESS TO FEEL THE PINCH OF RAIL CUT

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Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp has today spoken with Tracks Café owner Kim To and employee Haley Ogilvie about the impact that cutting the rail line will have on their local business.

The Baird Liberal government plans to destroy the rail line and board up Newcastle, Civic and Wickham train stations in just over 2 weeks as part of the truncation, yet the local café owner is still waiting to hear what will happen come Boxing Day.

“We have been given very little information about what will happen once Civic Station is closed on Boxing Day.” Tracks Café owner Ms To said.

Tim Crakanthorp said, “This café is just another victim of the poor planning decisions by the Premier and his Transport Minister.”

“Kim has owned this business for over 8 years and risks losing the lot from 26 December when the station is closed.” 

“The Premier Mike Baird, Minister for Transport and the Hunter Gladys Berejiklian should intervene and provide some certainty to the staff and owner of Tracks Café who risk losing their jobs and business with the impending closure of the station.” Mr Crakanthorp said.

Haley Ogilvie who works at the café 5 days a week is worried about if she will have a job to return to after the Christmas break.

“I am really worried about what the truncation will mean for the café, a large number of our customers are train commuters and from Boxing Day they will no longer be hopping on and off the train here.”

“A downturn in customers and sales means I risk losing my job or even worse the café may close down altogether” Ms Ogilvie said

“I was elected by the people of Newcastle to fight to retain the rail line and I will do so every day from now until the March election.” Mr Crakanthorp said.

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