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New South Wales sets out $9bn infrastructure budget

23 Jun 15 The 2015-16 budget for New South Wales (NSW) in Australia has allocated AU$9bn (£4.4bn) for public transport, including AU$3.5bn to get on with major infrastructure projects.

“This year’s transport budget, together with the funds we’ve unlocked through the NSW government’s $20bn Rebuilding NSW plan, mean we can continue at rapid pace to modernise transport services and infrastructure across the state,” said minister for transport and infrastructure Andrew Constance. “We’re delivering game-changing projects that will set NSW up for decades to come, while investing in services that will improve everyday lives.”

More than AU$1bn has been allocated this year for Sydney Metro rail projects, including AU$977m for the AU$8.3bn Sydney Metro Northwest – Australia’s largest rail project - which is now under way.

The state is also investing AU$84m on Sydney Metro City & Southwest to extend the line through the central business district and west to Bankstown, including a station for Barangaroo.

There is also AU$120m in the year’s budget for major construction of the Sydney Light Rail, AU$19m to progress planning for Western Sydney Light Rail and AU$103m to start construction on light rail in Newcastle.

Other allocations in the budget include the provision of funding to upgrade ageing transport infrastructure through AU$1.2bn for rail maintenance and AU$74m towards an operations centre.  

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