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Railway option: Divided we fall

By DEAN LAWSON
It is amazing that studies are underway to explore the potential of a railway bypass of Horsham.
At one time, to have a major railway running in and out of the heart of a regional city or town represented or reflected growth and progress.
We’ve also seen country communities wage running battles to maintain rail services in their towns.
Now, for many people who live or have lived in Horsham, the railway represents little more than a dividing line that splits the city – socially, economically and aesthetically.
The fact that Horsham is at a stage where a large percentage of its people sees the rail route through Horsham standing in the way of community development tells us two things – that  rail transport has no future within the boundary of Horsham or that we have missed any opportunity it might have presented.
If we need proof that rail has long lost its way in Horsham, we need only look at Horsham Railway Station. Apart from heavy machinery shifting containers in the saga involving freight-terminal tenancy, the site is little more than a fossil of yesteryear.

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Posted on Nov 28 2012

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