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Around one-third of the almost $300 million promised funding for fast rail will be spent in the next 12 months.
It is likely only a fraction of that will be spent in the Illawarra, despite budget papers promising duplication of the South Coast rail line and track work on the Southern Highlands.
The detail in the budget papers suggest the lion's share of 2019-20 funding will be spent on Sydney rail lines.
Tuesday's state budget promised "an initial investment" of $295 million in the faster rail network.
However, that $295 million will be spread out over the next four years.
Part of that funding would include "improved alignment north of Mittagong [and] duplication between Berry and Gerringong".
However, it seems unlikely that work will start this financial year.
The budget papers allocated just $10 million in fast rail planning for "regional and freight rail".
At the same time NSW Rail Corporation was given $93 million for fast rail "planning and pre-construction".
RailCorp is a government agency that runs rail infrastructure in the Sydney metropolitan area.
A Transport for NSW spokeswoman said the state government was working on preparing the Fast Rail Strategy.
This article first appeared on www.illawarramercury.com.au
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