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The North West Rail Link will use more steel than the Sydney Harbour Bridge, create more than 16,000 jobs and inject about $25 billion into the state economy.
Details about the 23km rail line through northwest Sydney emerged on Wednesday as the first of two Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) was released for public comment.
NSW Transport minister Gladys Berejiklian said the project was the biggest transport infrastructure project in Sydney since the Harbour Bridge.
"More steel will go into the North West Rail Link than was used to build the Sydney Harbour Bridge almost a century ago," she said.
"Almost 70,000 tonnes of steel will be used on the North West Rail Link - that's about 20,000 tonnes more steel than was used in the construction of our famous bridge."
The new line will support more than 16,200 jobs during construction and inject about $25 billion into the NSW economy.
"This project is just as important to the families and businesses of the northwest as the construction of the Harbour Bridge was to the people of the north shore in the 1920s and 1930s," Ms Berejiklian said.
As part of the EIS released on Wednesday, the community can comment on tunnelling, underground railway station excavation as well as construction of the above ground Skytrain section between Bella Vista and Rouse Hill railway stations.
Community information sessions about the project will be held at Epping, Rouse Hill, Castle Hill, Cherrybrook and Baulkham Hills.
This article first appeared on news.ninemsn.com.au
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