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Federal government funding for major road projects in NSW is forecast to fall by hundreds of millions of dollars over the next few years as existing projects such as the NorthConnex tunnel near completion.
The state budget shows that contributions from the newly re-elected Morrison government will drop from $2 billion in the year to June to about $1.7 billion in 2019-20, and about $1.5 billion the following financial year.
State spending on public transport and road projects in NSW will reach $55 billion over the next four years.CREDIT:KATE GERAGHTY
But the Berejiklian government does expect capital spending contributions from the Commonwealth to rise to about $1.9 billion in 2021-22 as construction of Western Sydney Airport and a metro rail line link to the Badgerys Creek aerotropolis ramp up.
However, budget figures show the extent to which federal funding for projects in NSW is dwarfed by the state’s own capital spending on roads and rail projects over the next four years of almost $56 billion – or about $1.2 billion a month.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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