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Former New South Wales planning minister Frank Sartor says Sydney's North-West Metro should not be abandoned.
Mr Sartor has written an opinion piece in the Sydney Morning Herald saying that talk of scrapping the metro is 'foolhardy' but it is being pushed by Treasury to fix a temporary drop in New South Wales' revenue.
NSW Transport Minister David Campbell has again said that the metro is being 're-considered' in the lead up to the November mini budget, but nothing has been ruled in or out.
Mr Sartor says investment is needed in long-term public transport initiatives.
"Everybody knows that Treasury doesn't support major investment in public transport," he said.
"Treasury has got this quaint market view that the market will miraculously produce public transport systems, which it won't," he said.
"It's important that those of us that have had some exposure to these arguments say, these long-term projects, they're absolutely important for Sydney."
Mr Sartor says he does not know if the future of the project is in doubt.
"I'm not part of the Cabinet discussion, I don't know I think it's healthy to discuss these views before the [NSW] Government makes any decision," he said.
"I have a very strong view about this and I think its worthy of people to take this on board."
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