A bit of setback for the North West Rail Link
7 May 2012
If this project goes ahead, what other projects do not go ahead? Mr Deegan said.Unless we look at different ways of funding transport projects, the harsh reality is that government budgets probably only have enough capacity over the next 25 years to build two new rail projects in Sydney.We want to make sure that, before governments commit significant funding to these sorts of projects, we are absolutely sure they represent the best way of meeting Sydney's long term needs.Mr Deegan said,
With Sydney growing to a population of between 6–7 million in the next 30 years, and much of that growth occurring in western Sydney, we might be better served by a north west link that can build up Parramatta as a second CBD.I stress that I'm not talking about the Parramatta-Epping rail link. That project is not on Infrastructure Australia's priority list.
Mr Deegan concluded, Compared to the level of analysis we have seen from some other governments, on similarly large projects, the analysis to date from the NSW Government on the North West Rail Link is quite limited.
Those other submissions have provided detailed economic analysis, rigorous assessment of project risks and complete environmental impact statements.That work has not yet been undertaken for the North West Rail line.
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Editors comments: I wonder if Mr. Deegan would live in the North-West of Sydney and relied on required better public trains, would be be 'digging in' making the same judgment!