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The City of Perth says its fears the State Government could be planning to scale back its proposal for a light rail network.
The council last night passed a motion saying while it remains opposed to the planned route through the Hay Street Mall, it supports the project overall.
Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi says she is worried the Government could try to use the City as an excuse for scrapping the eastern component of the plans.
"What we're hearing is concerning us because we want the best for our city," she said.
"Light rail is a solution but to cull it back at this stage is going to be because of cost blowouts, not because of the difficulty of finding an appropriate compromise."
Ms Scaffidi says there appears to be unexpected costs.
"What we're realising is, there is unexpected costs associated with the western alignment and I think that would be the truth if there was any alteration on the original promise," she said.
Opposition spokesman Ken Travers says he would not be surprised if the plans were scaled back.
"What we know is there is no money actually in the budget for the construction of that light rail," he said.
"It's always been our view that this is about Mr Barnett trying to look like he's doing something before an election and then he'll just break his promises after the election."
The Transport Minister Troy Buswell has rejected the concerns and insists the project will not be scaled back.
"I would have thought rather than scaremongering and trying to pan an excellent project, would be supporting a project that would bring much better outcomes to people that use the City of Perth and people that have businesses [there]," he said.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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