08 June 2010

The government says it will start building the Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill light rail extension this year with $55 million provided in this year’s Budget to accelerate delivery.

The forward estimates in the budget includes a number of initaives flagged in the Metropoliatn Transport Plan, including:

  • $1 billion to commence work on the $4.5 billion Western Express Rail Service with new platforms at city station s- and a 5 kilometre priority tunnel to separate western Sydney services from inner city trains to increase frequency and improve travel times on Western Sydney train services;
  • $1.7 billion to continue construction works for the South West Rail Link, due for completion in 2016;
  • $230 million for extensions to the Sydney light rail network including acceleration of the Dulwich Hill Light Rail extension with up to 11 new stations and another 5.6 kilometres of track;
  • Over $1.2 billion for bus priority measures and new bus depots along with more than 1,300 new buses in four years;
  • $6.7 billion for passenger rail projects including the Rail Clearways program and 626 new carriages; and
  • $10.6 billion investment in the road network including $3 billion for the Pacific Highway, $750 million for the Hume Highway, $680 million for the Great Western Highway and $500 million for the Princes Highway.