NSW Government delays decision on Narellan rail line extension

NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian speaking at a transport forum in Camden. Pictur: Jeff de Pasquale
NSW Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian speaking at a transport forum in Camden. Pictur: Jeff de Pasquale

THE state government would continue to seek community feedback on plans for the preservation of a rail corridor to Narellan until next year, Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian told a transport forum last week.

Mrs Berejiklian addressed a group of invited guests at Camden Civic Centre on Friday.

The preservation of the rail corridor is part of a plan to extend the South West Rail Link to a future Badgerys Creek airport and on to Narellan. The corridor would allow room for six new train stations: Badgerys Creek, North Bringelly, Bringelly, Rossmore, Oran Park and Narellan.

When it was announced in April this year, the government promised a rail corridor would be quarantined by the end of this year, though the rail line itself is still several years away.

However, in response to a question from Dart West Developments property general manager David Taylor, Ms Berejiklian told the forum the consultation period for the rail corridor had been extended.

‘‘It was our initial intention [to announce it this year], but we had requests from certain sections of the community to extend that [consultation period],’’ she said.

She said the government had ‘‘very strong views on where we would like to see it go’’, but that it was important for the community have their say.

Ms Berejiklian said there were parallels with the consultation period for the North West Rail Link in which extensive community consultation meant the government made major changes to its initial plans.

‘‘I do like to spend quite a bit of time getting the planning right,’’ she said.

Ms Berejiklian also spoke about the work the government had already done in the Camden local government area, including widening Narellan Road and Camden Valley Way.

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