THE NSW Government announced on Tuesday that it has stopped the acquisition of properties for the Sydney Metro in the Rozelle area, until the NSW Government makes a final decision on the project late next month.
Premier Kristina Keneally said this is about providing clarity and certainty for the businesses in the area and that the Metro is being considered as part of an overall and broader approach to integrated land use and transport planning. "We are committed to a Metro network for Sydney, but the plan that we put to the people has to meet the needs of where commuters live and work by combining land use and transport planning," Ms Keneally said.
The announcement triggered speculation that the seven kilometre metro project from Rozelle to Central would not proceed.
However, the Sydney Morning Herald today cited "senior government sources" saying the Sydney CBD metro line will go ahead, but without a Rozelle station, and the West Metro line will be expedited by the Government. Further, the sources were quoted as saying that construction of the line through the CBD would start this year, concurrently with the West Metro.
The proposed $5.4 billion CBD Metro currently consists of an approximately 7 kilometre line, connecting Rozelle to Central, with stations at Rozelle, Pyrmont, Barangaroo-Wynyard, Martin Place, Town Hall Square and Central.
The proposed $8.1 billion West Metro project currently consists of an approximately 24 kilometre line, with eleven stations connecting Westmead to Central, including Parramatta, Sydney Olympic Park, Burwood and Broadway-University of Sydney.
The Sydney Metro project is modelled on overseas metro systems operating in cities such as London, Copenhagen, Nuremberg and Singapore.