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THE North West Rail link has been omitted from a 2011 national priority list, after Premier Barry O’Farrell failed to update a submission to Infrastructure Australia after the March state election.
Repeating the same processes for new governments in WA and Victoria, Infrastructure Australia wrote to the Premier giving the State Government a chance to update the NSW submission to Infrastructure Australia.
Jeff Singleton, a spokesman for Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese, said no such submission was ever received.
He said the existing submission was made last year by the former Keneally government.
“It was a chance to re-prioritise their infrastructure requirements and make any necessary amendments, changes or rewrites, but they didn’t take up the opportunity,” he said.
“We’ve received no formal proposal regarding North West Rail Link.”
NSW Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said a submission by the previous government listed the North West Rail Link as a priority, producing 78 pages of information, compared with just five pages on the Parramatta to Epping Rail Link.
She said Federal Labor then promised $2.1 billion for the Parramatta to Epping Rail Link.
“It promised money for a project on which no serious planning work had been done,” she said.
“Any argument that the Federal Government cannot commit to funding the North West Rail Link because it is waiting for the paper is simply ludicrous.”
She said work on a new submission for Infrastructure Australia was continuing.
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