State govt eyes light rail project

PARRAMATTA Lord Mayor Cr John Chedid will meet with Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian to discuss how the state government and the council can work together to deliver the Western Sydney light rail network.

The State Government has announced it is considering the council's proposal for a light rail network as a 2015 election commitment.

"This is great news for Parramatta and western Sydney - I'm delighted this much-needed project for our region is attracting vital support from the State Government," Cr Chedid said.

"As lord mayor, I have been campaigning for this project for several years. Our council has conducted a detailed feasibility study which shows the project is viable at a total cost of $1.7 billion.

"The network will link two of the nation's fastest growing CBDs, Parramatta and Macquarie Park, and also the Hills district, which supplies 60 per cent of Parramatta's workforce."

He said the council's feasibility study has identified potential stops and routes along the network, which consists of two lines - the Macquarie Park Line and the Castle Hill Line.

The Hills Council is also supporting the proposal. "We think light rail has merit, but we want it to fully serve areas like Carlingford and Baulkham Hills, The Hills mayor Michelle Byrne said.

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