Contract awarded for Sydney light rail extension

The New South Wales Government says work on an extension to Sydney’s light rail network will begin next month, after the Transport Minister awarded a contract to complete the track.

Construction company John Holland will build the five-and-a-half kilometre line in the city’s inner west from the current end of the line at Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill.

The work to add nine light rail stations to the network is expected to be completed in 2014.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian says the exact locations for the stations have not yet been decided, and there will first be consultation with local councils.

The light rail extension was first announced by the former Labor government.

Ms Berejiklian has defended the 14-month delay since the Coalition won Government.

“When we came into power we certainly weren’t going to rely on what the previous government had done, so we started afresh to make sure we had done our homework,” she said.

She is also standing firm on her decision to defer part of the original extension plan to build greenways for pedestrians and cyclists.

The greenways issue is to be debated in State Parliament this afternoon, after a petition for them to be built garnered 10,000 signatures.


Source :  ABC NEWS


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