• No decision on rail line extension until end of 2016

    The NSW government has confirmed there will be no decision made on the extension of the south west rail link until the end of next year.
    Nanjing Night Net

    A spokesman for transport minister Andrew Constance said the government had received more than 1000 submissions in relation to a proposal to reserve a corridor to extend the rail line from Bringelly to Narellan via Rossmore, Oran Park and Harrington Park.

    ‘‘These submissions will be reviewed closely and Transport for NSW will undertake further land use and engineering assessments to help improve and refine the recommended corridor,’’ the spokesman said.

    ‘‘We anticipate that a suitable corridor will be preserved by late 2016.’’

    The proposal has attracted considerable public outcry as the suggested rail line would require the demolition of hundreds of homes and businesses, as well as the destruction of critically endangered Cumberland Plain Woodland, in Rossmore, Oran Park, Harrington Park, Harrington Grove and Narellan.

    ‘‘Construction on this project is not scheduled to start for years, even decades, but we need to plan the potential route now to provide certainty for the community and guide future development,’’ the spokesman said.

    ‘‘It’s a difficult task but the longer we leave it, the more houses will be built and the harder it will be.’’

    Clair McEntee is one of more than 90 future residents who bought into Harrington Grove’s Wildfire estate, which lies directly in the path of the proposed rail line.

    She said the waiting was the worst part for the potentially affected residents, but they did not want to government to rush and risk making a poor decision.

    She many future residents, including herself were not in a position to delay the construction of their homes in the estate as many or them were renting or paying two mortgages.

    ‘‘We’re caught between a rock and a hard place,’’ Mrs McEntee said.

    Studies commissioned by developers Harrington Estates and Greenfield Development Corporation, which is developing Oran Park, found a tunnel under Oran Park, Harrington Park and Harrington Grove could be the cheaper option given the amount of compulsory acquisition a surface line would require.

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