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THE North West Rail Link will be the state’s biggest ever project, using 20,000 more tonnes of steel than the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
Premier Barry O’Farrell confirmed the project was on track to start construction in 2014 as the first of two Environmental Impact Statements was released today.
The announcement was made with Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian at the North West Rail Link Community Information Centre in Castle Hill.
``This is the most important transport project in the country and we are proceeding full steam ahead with its delivery,’’ Mr O’Farrell said.
The statement is open for public comment and details the construction work and how impacts on the community will be managed.
Ms Berejiklian said the community has already shaped the statement, with their input adding more stations, car spaces and ensuring the preservation of Castle Hill Showground.
``3000 people have walked through the door here… and there have been thousands more on the website,’’ she said.
``This is the biggest project in our state’s history.’‘
Ms Berejiklian said 17 construction sites are planned to be set up along the link’s alignment from Epping to Rouse Hill.
``We’re building tunnels almost six times longer than the Sydney Harbour Tunnel so we can deliver frequent, reliable and direct rail services,’’ she said.
Public submissions on the statement are open until Monday, May 21 and eight local community information sessions will be held.
The second statement will be released during the second half of the year.
FACTS AND FIGURES
* The North West Rail Link will use almost 70,000 tonnes of steel and 400,000 cubic metres of concrete the equivalent of 200 Olympic swimming pools.
* The 15.5km long rail tunnels between Epping and Bella Vista will be the deepest and longest rail tunnels ever built in Australia.
* Eight stations are planned at Cherrybrook, Castle Hill, Hills Centre, Norwest, Bella Vista, Kellyville, Rouse Hill and Cudgegong Rd.
* There will be 4000 commuter car parking spaces and a 4km sky train from Bella Vista to Rouse Hill.
* The line will support more than 16,200 jobs during construction and inject about $25 billion into the NSW economy.
COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSIONS
* April 12, 6pm to 8pm: noise and vibration, North West Rail Link Community Information Centre, Castle Hill
* April 19, 6pm to 8pm: construction traffic, North West Rail Link Community Information Centre, Castle Hill
* April 26, 4pm to 8pm: Epping Club
* April 28, 10am to 2pm: Rouse Hill Town Centre
* May 3, 4pm to 8pm: North West Rail Link Community Information Centre, Castle Hill
* May 5, 10am to 2pm: Cherrybrook Uniting Church
* May 8, 4pm to 7pm: Crown Plaza Norwest
* May 10, 6pm to 8pm: construction methods, North West Rail Link Community Information Centre, Castle Hill
This article first appeared on blacktown-advocate.whereilive.com.au
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