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The New South Wales Government has come under fire for its plan to build a section of elevated railway in Sydney's north-west.
Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian revealed yesterday that four kilometres of the planned 23-kilometre North West Rail Link will be on elevated rail called the Skytrain.
Previously the section of the track between Bella Vista and Rouse Hill was to be in an underground cutting.
Ms Berejiklian says the Skytrain will be less disruptive for the suburbs it will pass through.
But the Mayor of the Hills Shire Council, Greg Burnett, says he does not support elevated rail and will lobby the Government for it to be abandoned.
"Council's position has been that we want to see the entire length underground," he said.
"There is still some time to go through some negotiations with the State Government. They have listened to the concerns of the community and council up to this point."
Opposition spokeswoman Penny Sharpe says the plan is all about cost.
"The four kilometre, 10-metre high heavy rail bridge being called the Skytrain is going to have a big impact on residents in Bella Vista and Rouse Hill," Ms Sharpe said.
"Will there be other cost cutting measures as this project goes along?"
Liberal MP for Hawkesbury Ray Williams had previously labelled the idea of elevating a section of the line as "disastrous", but now he supports the idea.
Ms Berejiklian says she will listen to the criticism but is unlikely to change the plans.
"It's aesthetically pleasing. We think the community feedback will be very positive about it," she said.
"Our initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, but that is why this period of consultation with industry and the community will allow us to consider their views in more detail."
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