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The North West Rail Link has been given planning approval by the State Government - which says work can get underway in 2014.
The rail line will link Chatswood on Sydney's north shore - with the Hills district in the northwest - and will include eight new train stations.
The Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced last night that overarching planning approval had been granted for the entire project - including two 15 kilometre tunnels and the four kilometre skytrain section.
She says the project's approval comes with certain conditions, including requirements to consult with local councils on mitigation measures where community and council facilities are impacted by construction.
Reports of 'rush hour' chaos denied
The Minister says analysis predicting potential rush hour chaos at Chatswood train station once the North West Rail line's built does not take into account planned improvements in the Interchange.
The Government-commissioned modelling shows that up to 40 per cent of North West Rail passengers transferring to city-bound trains at Chatswood will be unable to get on the next service because of overcrowding.
But Gladys Berejiklian says commuters will not have to wait for more than three minutes to get on another train.
"The anlaysis from what I understand doesn't even consider the fact that we'll be increasing the number of services, that the Chatswood Interchange will be world class," she said.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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