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NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian has not ruled out more cost blowouts on Sydney's troubled light rail project, as a pricey lawsuit with key contractor Acciona heads for settlement.
Acciona, the firm building the project, is in a court battle with the NSW Government claiming it is owed $1.2 billion over "misrepresentations" about utilities affecting the under-construction rail line.
NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance today revealed the Government was looking to settle that court battle.
"Whilst we're still in the midst of negotiations we don't have a final number and that's why were continuing discussions," he said.
"This project is no different to any other major civil project."
Mr Constance's rhetoric today was a far cry from his description of the legal action in April last year, when he called Acciona's claims "ridiculous" and said they needed to "get on with it".
"We will throw the book at them in terms of this contract," he said. "We are not going to muck around."
Acciona, which reports to a private-sector consortium known as ALTRAC, said in a statement it was in "ongoing commercial discussions" with the NSW Government.
A spokesman said the discussions were commercial in confidence and there was "no deal".
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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