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NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has demanded the Morrison government "cough up" much-needed funding for Sydney's new $20 billion Metro West rail line, which he wants to eventually connect to a new airport under construction at Badgerys Creek.
A week after unveiling the location of stations for the new rail line, Mr Constance took a swipe at his Coalition counterparts in Canberra for their reluctance to stump up for the new metro rail line from central Sydney to Parramatta, which he said would cost "upwards of $20 billion".
Transport Minister Andrew Constance says the Morrison government needs to 'cough up' funding for the Metro West rail line.CREDIT:WOLTER PEETERS
"While we can build it alone – we have proven this already – there comes a time when we will need our friends in Canberra to make a contribution to metro trains in Sydney," he said on Monday.
"We're putting in billions of dollars worth of infrastructure around the new Western Sydney Airport. The feds want that infrastructure open before the airport. So on that basis, I believe they need to cough up, and cough up a lot."
The Berejiklian government has set aside $6.4 billion for Metro West – its signature rail project –which it wants opened by 2030. But the Morrison government has not revealed whether it will commit any funding to the ambitious rail project.
Despite this, federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure Alan Tudge said his government's commitment to western Sydney and the rest of the city was "unrivalled", citing its $5.3 billion investment in the new airport at Badgerys Creek.
There comes a time when we will need our friends in Canberra to make a contribution to metro trains in Sydney.
Andrew Constance, NSW Transport Minister
"At the same time we are helping to bust congestion through billions invested in road and rail infrastructure throughout western Sydney," he said. "We will continue to work with the NSW government on a number of infrastructure priorities."
The Morrison government has also faced calls from Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe to embark on a major spending program on infrastructure across Australia, including rail, bridges and roads.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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