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A union says hundreds of workers will lose their jobs because poor planning has led to a delay in the building of a freight train line in Sydney.
The Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) is responsible for interstate rail lines, leasing the tracks from the New South Wales Government.
It has begun building the 36 kilometre freight line between Macarthur and Sefton, in south western Sydney, to alleviate a freight bottleneck in the city and allow freight and passenger trains to operate on separate tracks.
But in a statement today, the ARTC says three issues have directly affected the project: signalling system changes, track re-design, and the discovery of cables that need to be moved.
It says the line is being "re-evaluated with a view to determine the most cost effective way forward."
The Construction Union's Assistant Secretary Brian Parker says up to 800 workers will be out of work in the lead up to christmas as a result.
"The state body, Railcorp, and the federal body that looks after this project [ARTC] have completely and utterly mucked this up," he said.
"They start digging on the project and all of a sudden they find services that shouldn't have been there.
"It's just the right hand not talking to the left hand and telling people where it all is."
A spokesman for Rail Corp says it has met all of its obligations in helping the ARTC to build the freight line.
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