Byron Railway Converted to Road

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Section of the railway track paved over for work on the Mercato on Byron project. Photo: Michael van Kempen.

Section of the railway track paved over for work on the Mercato on Byron project. Photo: Michael van Kempen.

DEVELOPERS OF the new cinema complex have covered the adjacent closed Casino to Murwillumbah railway line with road base.

Voice of Byron reader Syl Reid asked this week, “What are they doing to the railway tracks area south of the pedestrian crossing from Butler street [near the] water tower?”

Another Bay local, David Michie, provided the answer, that it was for use in the Mercato on Byron project.

 

Woolies Plaza shops and cinema being demolished prior to commencement of the Mercato on Byron Construction. Photo: Kerry Baunach.

Woolies Plaza shops and cinema being demolished prior to commencement of the Mercato on Byron project. Photo: Kerry Baunach.

 

The word from Transport for NSW is that a licence had been issued “to utilise the disused railway corridor for site access, vehicle parking and material storage over a 12-month period.”

 ‘As part of the licence conditions, the railway corridor must be returned to the original condition once the issued licence expires in March 2017. John Holland Rail will inspect the site to ensure it is returned to original condition,’ the department said.

But that’s not what Council says. It may be splitting hairs, but Council says it was John Holland Rail that issued the licence. JHR has the job of looking after the railway corridor.

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