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You pay $30 million to go nowhere
July 01, 2009 12:00am
THE NSW Government is ploughing on with another billion-dollar rail project it can't afford.
Yesterday it outlined an imaginary route for an $8 billion link to Sydney's west.
Editorial: NSW Labor stretches feasibility
Transport Minister David Campbell said $30 million of taxpayer funds is being spent on a joint NSW and Australian Government-funded feasibility study into the 24km underground West Metro from Broadway to Westmead Hospital.
There are plans for 11 stations including Sydney University, Camperdown, Leichhardt, Sydney Olympic Park and Parramatta.
But there is no money to build the line or a likely completion date, Mr Campbell said.
"(But) we will continue to work with the Commonwealth to seek that money," he said.
He said the West Metro would "plug into" the unwanted $4.8 billion CBD Metro, which won't be finished until 2015 - if it goes ahead.
Mr Campbell said a further $91 million from the Federal Government is being spent on detailed planning and pre-construction work.
But the state Opposition said commuters had more chance of winning last night's $90 million Oz Lotto draw than ever riding on the new trains.