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The state government's $20 billion-plus metro train line under construction in Sydney "could have been built far cheaper with more sensible planning", four of NSW's top former rail executives have said in a highly critical assessment of the project.
In an analysis released under freedom-of-information laws, the former rail heavyweights warn that the metro train plans will result in "degradation of the robustness and reliability" of Sydney's existing heavy rail network, and "ultimately lead to the total network becoming gridlocked and unworkable".
And they say the "takeover" of an existing rail line between Sydenham and Bankstown for the government's single-deck metro train project will remove "the relief valve for the network" and leave "no escape route".
"Any new system needs to add value by adding to existing capacity, not by taking away part of the existing network in the name of progress," they said.
This article first appeared on www.theleader.com.au
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