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State government 'absolutely committed' to improving Newcastle stations, cycleways

Simon McCarthy
Updated June 23 2024 - 6:34pm, first published 6:00pm
Deputy lord mayor Declan Clausen, transport minister Jo Haylen and Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp were in Islington on Saturday, June 22, to announce plans for a cycleway link to connect the suburb to Mayfield. Public consultation begins on Monday, June 24. Picture by Marina Neil
Deputy lord mayor Declan Clausen, transport minister Jo Haylen and Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp were in Islington on Saturday, June 22, to announce plans for a cycleway link to connect the suburb to Mayfield. Public consultation begins on Monday, June 24. Picture by Marina Neil

A state government commitment to improve accessibility at Kotara and Cockle Creek stations in the Hunter may still be at least nine months away from first results, and even then, it is conditioned on the availability of budget funding to complete, but Transport Minister Jo Haylen has nevertheless insisted the government is determined to see it through as part of its safe and accessible transport initiative.

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Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes news and features, and produces video and multimedia, for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine. He contributes regularly to the Newcastle Herald’s daily Topics column, and is the co-creator and producer of the Toohey’s News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016. Contact McCarthy on Signal at @SimonMcCarthy.50 or via this link: https://signal.me/#eu/SogMRDSICna4awnaQul1KAYAonquE3VoSG1eSaxudp73Pq8de-tDPI2GvkjVjoZR