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Railway proponents ‘prepared to go with what we’ve been given’ and put rail trail stoush behind them

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 The Launceston and North-East Railway (LNER) proponents are ‘prepared to go with what we’ve been given’ after a Legislative Council inquiry into the project.

There has been a stoush over the past few years as to whether an existing rail corridor between Launceston and Scottsdale should be ripped up for a bike trail (rail trail), or refurbished for a heritage railway.

The Legislative Council inquiry has suggested a compromise that would see the rail trail go from Scottsdale to Lilydale Falls, and the heritage railway between Launceston and Lilydale. The railway could also be extended between Launceston and Turners Marsh, depending on negotiations with TasRail.

Wendy McLennan, Chair of LNER, talks to Brian Carlton this morning about the decision, what happens from here, and says that she is prepared to put the stoush with the rail trail proponents in the past.

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