O’Farrell to budget for $4b north-west rail link
- June 16, 2013 – 2:29PM
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The NSW government will spend $4 billion to develop Sydney’s North West Rail Link, which is due to be running in 2019.
About $800 million will be set aside in the 2013-2014 state budget, due to be handed down on Tuesday, the NSW premier, treasurer and transport minister announced on Sunday.
The rest of the government money will flow over the next four years and the remaining $4.3 billion needed for the project will come from private tenders.
As part of the project, eight new train stations will be built at Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Showground, Norwest, Bella Vista, Kellyville, Rouse Hill and Cudgegong Road along with 4000 commuter car parking spaces.
A train will run down the line every five minutes in peak hour and high-frequency single deck trains will operate between Cudgegong Rd and Chatswood.
Treasurer Mike Baird said the funding would also be used to buy property where necessary.
Premier Barry O’Farrell said the rail link will provide “high capacity public transport to Sydney’s northwest for the first time”, and work on it should begin next year.
It will benefit the NSW economy to the tune of $35 billion over the next few decades, he said.
Transport Minister Gladys Bereljiklian said the rail link “will forever change the face of the north west”.
Three major contracts for the construction of the line are still to be awarded.
In coming months, the government expects to announce who has won the tender to construct 15 kilometres of twin tunnels between Epping and Bella Vista – the longest rail tunnels in the nation.
Contracts to develop a four-kilometre “skytrain” section and operate it are also yet to be awarded.