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THE NSW government is "dragging the chain" on its study into a possible extension of Newcastle light rail, according to two MPs who have called for the study to be released before next month's state election.
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers (SFF) MPs Robert Borsak and Robert Brown secured a commitment from the government to undertake the study before the city’s heavy rail line was removed.
The government needed the Upper House MPs support to pass legislation in 2015 to remove the heavy rail.
But almost four years later and only weeks out from the launch of the light rail, a strategic business case for extending the line remains behind closed doors.
Mr Brown told the Newcastle Herald this week the government should “start trusting their policies for public scrutiny” and immediately release the study.
“That business case is not just a month, or six months overdue, it is two years overdue,” he said.
“If the business case come up and said, yes we need to take it the stadium or we need to do X and Y - university or hospital or whatever - they should have put the planning in.
This article first appeared on www.theherald.com.au
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