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COMMISSIONED in 1998 the Jerry's Plain rail line extension from Wambo Coal to the Warkworth Development Project rail loop has finally been given the green light to proceed.
Delays on the project were caused by conflicts in interest with landowners, but modifications to the project presented at Monday night's Singleton Council meeting were approved with little resistance from councillors.
The project was initially halted by the fact the rail line was going to cross a property and run too close to Phil's Church, off the Golden Highway.
In 2003 a concerned landowner stated: "this greatly reduces our property value".
The rail line will now run along the southern side of the Golden Highway, which will feature a tunnel at Watt's Hill and will continue along the northern side of the Golden Highway to the Warkworth Development Project rail line.
Councillor Paul Nichols said the project lost 12 months, because the developers thought they could simply put a rail line through someone's property.
"The modified version is much better where it is now, than what they had in mind before," Cr Nichols said.
Modifications to the project include reducing the length of the line from 13.3km to 11.5km, which would remove the need to cross Wallaby Scrub Road, and reduce the number of bridges and crossings from eight to seven.
The Exel Coal Ltd project is expected to be finished by December next year.
It is hoped the new rail line will greatly reduce the number of coal trucks along the Golden Highway stretch from Jerry's Plains to Warkworth.
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