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Hundreds of current residents and landowners in Sydney's south-west have been told their recently-purchased properties will need to be acquired to build a long-proposed railway line.
Last week's announcement of a proposed rail corridor through homes and construction sites in the suburbs of Narellan, Harrington Park and Oran Park came as a surprise to locals.
"We're sitting here, ready to build a house, and we don't know what to do," Harrington Park resident Danny told 702 ABC Sydney Mornings with Linda Mottram.
Danny said he settled a purchase of a block of land in the Wildfire estate of Harrington Park two weeks ago.
"Potentially the whole allotment of ninety-nine blocks, which was just settled in the last two or three weeks, will be gone," Danny said.
"It said in our contract that there would be a railway line running along The Northern Road, a couple of kilometres away."
The plan has now changed and the route is proposed to run through Oran Park, taking in Danny's property and many others nearby.
"Even Chris Patterson didn't know about this, and he's our local member," Danny said.
"We bought these blocks a year ago and - with the boom that's going on - all the other land releases have sold out."
Some people have already sold their previous homes, planning to build and move into the estates; and others have just moved into homes which will be require acquisition, or will potentially lose value after the installation of the railway line.
"That gentleman in the grey brick home only moved in a week before the letter arrived," Harrington Park resident Dennis McLear told 702 ABC Sydney.
"The gentleman three doors up moved in four weeks ago, he paid $800,000 for it and now he'll have a freight railway line on his back fence."
While freight is referenced in planning documents, Transport for NSW has not yet confirmed that the new line will be used for both passengers and freight.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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