So does the University of Newcastle support cutting the rail?
Many reports link the University and the HDC (Hunter Development Corporation).
The idea, suggested by Newcastle University's chair of architectural design, Professor Steffen Lehmann, was reported in Saturday's Herald.
German-born Professor Steffen Lehmann said the rail line should not be built on, but used as a corridor for light rail or a loop bus to the East End and back.
Professor Steffen Lehmann from the School of Architecture at the University of Newcastle spoke at the FOC meeting in favour of cutting the line, and presented artist impressions of a “green corridor” to replace it.
These images were produced by fourth-year architecture students who had been asked to provide a vision of a rail-free Newcastle. It is a condition of study that the university can use such artwork without student permission.
Lehmann was appointed by notoriously pro-developer planning minister Frank Sartor, as a representative on the Newcastle Stakeholder Reference Panel, for the Newcastle City Centre Masterplan. Lehmann is also a consultant for the HDC.
Former Newcastle of University professor Steffen Lehmann revealed he had been engaged as a consultant for the group.
Key ideas he had been working on included not cutting the rail any further than Wickham, relocating heavy industrial in Carrington and running light rail down the centre of Hunter Street.
Steffen Lehmann, a former University of Newcastle professor of architectural design, is consulting to a Hunter-based consortium wanting to bid for the 99-year lease on the port.
‘‘The capital this lease transaction can unlock means things Newcastle has dreamed of for 30 years can come true. It is a transformative opportunity that could not be over-estimated,’’ Professor Lehmann said.