Sydney rail link cost doubles

Posted on 17/11/2009  
The five-year delay in building Sydney's south-west rail link has meant the project cost has more than doubled to almost $1.4 billion. The advocacy group EcoTransit is demanding the Government detail the changes in the budget that has sent the cost from $688 million in FY2005 to almost $1.4 billion today. ''The news that the Rees Government has the south-west rail link back on the agenda is welcome,'' says EcoTransit co-convener Gavin Gatenby. ''But it raises the question as to why a simple 11km line traversing unchallenging terrain and with just two stations should cost the taxpayer $1.36 billion and take six years to complete.''

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