SYDNEY trains could terminate at Broadmeadow rather than Wickham, under the state government's plans to cut the Newcastle train line.
Government artwork showing the Wickham interchange as more suited to four-car trains than the eight cars usually used on the Sydney service has triggered the speculation.
The changes would also mean Newcastle to Sydney passengers would start at Wickham and change at Broadmeadow, whereas the Maitland to Newcastle line would terminate at Wickham.
Newcastle state MP Tim Owen has urged people to wait until the government has finished its planning before criticising the Wickham rail truncation.
However, Mr Owen said he would not rule out the possibility.