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TENSIONS are emerging between the state government and Infrastructure NSW over the North West Rail Link.
Infrastructure NSW is concerned that neither a cost nor a route has been sorted out on the project, despite continuing press appearances by Premier Barry O'Farrell and Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian.
"They have got all these bloody press conferences (on the link and we don't know yet whether) this is $12 billion, $8 billion or $10 billion," one source said.
Failing to do a proper analysis is a major stumbling block to winning Commonwealth funding for the project.
Infrastructure NSW is understood to want Mr O'Farrell to slow down, organise the route properly and to consult with them more.
There is even hope, were a slightly alternative route to be organised with the federal government, that the government could secure some federal funding.
Another source said: "Because it's a high-profile election commitment it may not be subject to all the processes (other projects are)."
Mr O'Farrell has been consistent in saying the North West Rail Link will proceed regardless of the Infrastructure NSW process.
The rail link could be the biggest project the government will undertake.
The split in government ranks comes less than a month after Infrastructure NSW held its first board meeting. A major issue has been for the North West Rail Link to be built properly - some argue there needs to be a second Harbour rail crossing, which Mr O'Farrell has not committed to.
Infrastructure NSW, which does not have a Department of Transport representative, is set to report within 12-18 months on Sydney's most pressing transport projects.
Ms Berejiklian said the government would say more about the cost of the line and the route by the end of the year: "The Department of Transport is working collaboratively with Infrastructure NSW to deliver the best possible outcomes for public transport in NSW.
"Staff from the North West Project Team - established by the government soon after the March election - are working together, along with other state government agencies, to deliver this landmark project."
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