22KM FOR SYDNEY VERSUS 2KM FOR NEWCASTLE

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Member for Newcastle, Tim Crakanthorp is calling on the Baird Government to explain why Newcastle is getting the budget version of a light rail network.

The Premier this week announced a 22km light rail network that will link the Parramatta
CBD, Olympic Park, Westmead Hospital and Western Sydney University.


“Newcastle has been promised a light rail network but so far we have been told we are
only looking at a 2km network,” said Mr Crakanthorp.


“Newcastle deserves a real network, linking John Hunter, the Mater, Broadmeadow and
other significant population centres.”


“Again Sydney gets the Rolls Royce version and Newcastle gets the Mini version,” said Mr
Crakanthorp.


The Government is thought to be having issues with finding a contractor that is interested
in such a small job.


“I have been calling on the Government to expand the network from Newcastle to the outer
suburbs. But so far have not seen any evidence of an extended route.”


“The Premier called Newcastle’s light rail network the ‘people’s project.’ How can it be the
people’s project when it is not connecting the people?” said Mr Crakanthorp.


“We are the second largest city in the state, stop treating us like second class citizens.”

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