True Colours – Labor Votes Against North West Rail Link

Northwest Liberals said it was laughable that the NSW Labor Opposition had shown its true colours and voted against the North West Rail Link in Parliament today.

In a debate about the importance of the North West Rail Link project, Labor MPs spoke out against the project and failed to acknowledge just how far this exciting project has progressed.

“The $8.3 billion North West Rail Link is the largest public transport in Australia that will transform public transport for the people of North West Sydney,” Baulkham Hills MP  David Elliott said.

“In the last week the Baird Liberal Government has been getting on with the job of delivering this iconic infrastructure project.”

“Earlier this week the $3.7 billion contract was signed that will see Sydney’s brand new rapid transit trains run every four minutes during the peak when the link opens in 2019.

“This will see 15 trains an hour during the peak and 98 per cent on-time running – a much higher level of customer service and a great outcome for customers.

“Last week Premier Mike Baird and Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian kicked off the start of tunnelling with the first of four boring machines in the ground four months head of schedule.

“The next two tunnel boring machines are expected to be in the ground, also ahead of schedule before the end of 2014.”

Seven Hills Liberal candidate Mark Taylor said Labor’s record on the North West Rail Link meant it could not be trusted in infrastructure projects.

“The current delivery of the North West Rail Link is in stark contrast to the former Labor Government – who always promised the project and never delivered a centimetre of track,” Cr Taylor said.

“It was first promised by Labor in 1998 to be completed by 2010. In 2005 it was delayed; then in 2008 axed, re-announced, and then axed again.

“Labor’s ‘all promise and no action’ will finally be delivered by a Liberal Government – a whole 21 years after it was first promised by Labor.”

Blacktown Liberal candidate Raman Bhalla said the future of Western Sydney was at risk if John Robertson continued to oppose the North West Rail Link.

“The North West Rail Link is a vital piece of infrastructure which will deliver better outcomes for the people of North West Sydney and will relieve enormous pressures on the Richmond and Penrith lines on the Cityrail network,” Mr Bhalla said.

“NSW simply cannot afford another 4 years of Labor Government if their last 16 years is demonstration of their public transport record.

“John Robertson and Labor need to tell the people of the North West why they don’t support this project – and if this is a part of their election commitment to scrap it.

“I call on Labor and John Robertson to support the delivery of the North West Rail Link and put aside their political games in the interests of commuters in North West Sydney.”