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A new rail line to Malabar in Sydney's south-east via Randwick or to Miranda in the Sutherland Shire via Sydney Airport are options the state's top transport officials have been canvassing behind closed doors.
Leaked government documents, obtained by the Herald, show the mooted lines would form an "eastern extension" of a rail line the Berejiklian government has committed to build between Parramatta and the CBD dubbed Sydney Metro West.
They reveal that the trade-off for those living in suburbs benefiting from an extension of the metro line would be a significant increase in apartments.
A line to Malabar from Sydney's CBD is one of four options for an 'eastern extension' of a metro rail line.CREDIT:CHRISTOPHER PEARCE
Aside from high-frequency train services, the internal Transport for NSW documents say that some of the key objectives underpinning decisions on an eastern extension of the line are "unlocking urban renewal opportunities" and "enhancing housing supply".
They show the four "strategic options" developed for an eastern extension of the line that focuses "on the south-east and Illawarra" are from the CBD to Kogarah via Sydney Airport; Miranda via the airport; Malabar via Randwick; and a line branching off to both Malabar and Kogarah.
Transport sources say a conversion of the existing Airport Line to carry single-deck metro trains is considered the cheapest and least disruptive option for extending the metro line.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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