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Public transport in Sydney's west is shaping up as a key battleground in the state election campaign after Labor leader Michael Daley vowed to spend $8 billion to "fast-track" a new metro train line between Parramatta and the central city.
In a pitch designed to resonate with voters in vulnerable seats in the city's west, Mr Daley said the funding injection meant Labor would deliver the signature rail project – the total cost of which has been estimated at up to $18 billion – "more quickly" than the Berejiklian government.
The bulk of the money Labor has committed to the new rail line, if it wins the election on March 23, would come from cancelling toll road projects such as the Beaches Link in the city's blue-ribbon north-east.
Mr Daley would not say how the new Sydney Metro West rail line would be fast tracked, or how much earlier it would be completed, sparking accusations from the government that he was making "empty promises" to voters in the city's west.
Instead, he said a Labor government would "at least match" the Coalition government's promise to have the line open by the late 2020s.
"Our hope is that we will get it done more quickly," Mr Daley said. "These projects can be delivered much more quickly if you have a big upfront injection."
The $8 billion includes $3 billion already committed to the project by federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, should Labor win government at the federal election.
State Labor has said it will cancel the proposed $14 billion Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link toll road project, as well as a conversion of the existing Sydenham-to-Bankstown rail line to carry metro trains, and direct the money needed for them to Sydney Metro West.
It has also vowed to ditch an extension of the F6 motorway in Sydney's south, the first stage of which has been estimated at up to $2.6 billion. Funds for the F6 would form part of a $3 billion package Mr Daley unveiled on Monday for the existing rail network.
This article first appeared on www.smh.com.au
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