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Sydney cancels metro in favour of extended light rail

The new Sydney Metropolitan Transport Plan announced by the New South Wales government at a special cabinet meeting on 21 January scraps the controversial CBD metro in favour of expanded light rail and an Epping to Rouse Hill 23-km heavy rail line.

AUD 500 M is earmarked for expansion of the current light rail line by 10 km including a new 4.1-km link between Haymarket and Circular Quay, and 5.6 km on the disused Rozelle rail corridor west from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill.

Premier Kristina Keneally said she wanted the light rail work to start immediately, marking the end of decades of argument between the City Council pressing for light rail expansion and the State government opposing it.

22 February 2010

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