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An $80 million promise to speed up NSW train services could result in the closure of Picton, Tahmoor and Bargo stations.
The Coalition announced the multi-million dollar investment into the Canberra to Sydney route last Sunday, as a part of a $295 million investment in a fast rail network.
Wollondilly Council has written an urgent letter to Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance to clarify what this means for three of Wollondilly's train stations.
Wollondilly mayor Matthew Deeth said he had "grave concerns" about plans for the new straightened route between Menangle and Yerrinbool.
"We are seeking clarification on whether this means that Picton, Tahmoor and Bargo stations will be bypassed as identified in previous state government reports," he said.
"This could have a huge impact on the shire.
"To take out a number of public transport options would be a huge backwards step."
The state government's Future Transport 2056 plan first identified the proposal for a straightened route 12 months ago.
Cr Deeth said he was concerned that track straightening would further impact the ability of Wollondilly residents to access public transport.
"Effectively we are looking at a 50 per cent reduction of public transport in the shire," he said.
"These are the three main stations people use to access the city.
"Our only other options would be to travel to Macarthur stations which we know are already packed, or to drive on the M5 which is just insane during peak times."
Minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance, Liberal candidate for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman and outgoing Goulburn MP Pru Goward at Moss Vale Train Station on Sunday.
Mr Constance could not provide an estimated timeframe for completion of the planned route, however he said the Liberal and National government was committed to start work in the next term of government.
This article first appeared on www.wollondillyadvertiser.com.au
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