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Public support for the second stage of Parramatta's new light rail line has grown strongly, internal state polling shows, leading to calls for the Berejiklian government to remove uncertainty and reveal whether it will proceed with the project or dump it.
A "sensitive" report in December for the state's transport agency by Newgate Research into public attitudes towards the Parramatta light rail line shows sentiment improved the most for the second stage of the project, rising by 10 percentage points in 12 months to 66 per cent.
Transport Minister Andrew Constance, pictured with Premier Gladys Berejiklian, has been considering trackless trams for the second stage of the Parramatta project.CREDIT:AAP
The number of people who said they were likely to use the second stage of the line from Camellia to Olympic Park, if it was built, also jumped to 67 per cent, from 54 per cent in 2018.
While major construction on the first stage from Westmead to Carlingford is under way, the government is yet to commit to extending the line at Homebush despite it receiving the final business case for the second stage at least nine months ago.
David Borger, the western Sydney director of the Sydney Business Chamber, said a 10 per cent rise in support for the nine-kilometre second stage was remarkable given the government had been "trying to walk away from the project".
"The future of Parramatta light rail stage two has been unclear for more 12 months now. It’s time for the NSW government to tell the people of western Sydney, 'are they going to build this project or scrap it'?" he said.
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