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The Berejikilian government is under renewed pressure to release the entire business case for the metro rail line it is building under central Sydney, the cost of which has blown out by up to $3 billion.
A parliamentary inquiry into the project found the "case and rationale" for converting a 13-kilometre stretch of the Bankstown Line, which will form part of the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project, has "not been adequately made out".
The government has released a summary of the final business case for the 30-kilometre rail line from Chatswood to Bankstown via the CBD, leading to accusations the project lacks transparency.
The plans to convert a section of the Bankstown Line to carry single-deck metro trains have been controversial.CREDIT:SIMON ALEKNA
The inquiry's report, released on Thursday, recommended the full business case be released immediately, and that the government end the metro line at Sydenham, instead of continuing it on to Bankstown.
It argued that the Bankstown Line conversion was not "value for money, and the projected benefits do not outweigh the expected disruption to local communities or damage to heritage and wildlife".
However, the three Coalition MPs on the inquiry described, in a dissenting statement, the recommendation to cancel the work to convert the Bankstown Line as a "farce", arguing the government was delivering on a key pledge it made at the state election a year ago.
Upper house Greens MP Abigail Boyd, who chaired the inquiry, said the government would have released the entire business case long ago if it was confident the project would stand up to scrutiny.
And Labor leader Jodi McKay said the failure to publish the business case was "yet another example of the entrenched culture of secrecy within this government".
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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