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Sydney Metro faces 20 year delay

The New South Wales Government is expected to scrap the Sydney Metro, a light rail project, when it announces its transport blueprint on Sunday.

Senior government sources have reportedly said plans to start work on the project this year will be abandoned.

Treasury officials were this week pushing to delay work on the western metro until 2030, and are expected to defeat Transport Minister David Campbell’s push for it to go ahead as soon as possible.

Some members of the consortia bidding for the Metro project have previously said they’d sue if it was axed, having spent £35M bidding for it and being assured it would go ahead.

Three consortia were shorlisted and invited to bid:

  • Line 1: McConnell Dowell Corporation / Abigroup / Obayashi Corporation
  • Metro Primo: Leighton Contractors / S.E.L.I. Spa
  • Thiess / John Holland JV

The transport blueprint is expected to include a number of projects, valued at £87bn. Along with scrapping the metro, the Government is expected further commit to the north-west rail line, and to building a second underground central business district (CBD) rail line.

The metro project includes two lines: Metro Line 1 City West line from Westmead to the CBD and then beyond Rozelle to the north-west, and Metro Line 2 City East line from Malabar via Maroubra to the city and beyond to the Northern Beaches.

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