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THE State Government has “airbrushed” the need for tunnels between Sunshine and Southern Cross Station to properly deliver the Airport Rail Link out of a key document, the Opposition claims.
Shadow Transport Infrastructure spokesman David Davis said a document released last year when the Sunshine route for the link was chosen was not “honest”.
“The information I have is that the government saw a recommendation for tunnels between Southern Cross and Sunshine,” Mr Davis said.
“They have airbrushed the recommendations for tunnels (as part of the airport rail design) out of it.”
But the State Government says it is assessing “all airport rail options” with the Federal Government.
The State Government’s “strategic appraisal” of the Sunshine route notes it will be achieved by “a combination of surface rail and tunnel” but does not detail specifics.
In March Mr Davis moved to have the government release the full business case for the project but the government recently said it needed more time.
“The government ought to release this (business case) immediately, there is nothing restricting them from doing that,” Mr Davis said.
“The only reason they would not release them is because they are embarrassed about what they will show.
“The documents should be in the public domain. They have been paid for by taxpayers after all.”
Mr Davis claimed the State Government is attempting to funnel money from airport rail into the metro rail tunnel which will add capacity through the CBD.
It has been reported early works for the project have blown out by about $150 million but $53 million will be saved due to less of a need for land acquisitions.
This article first appeared on www.geelongadvertiser.com.au
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