Posted by on 14 July, 2018
ROADBLOCK OVER PURSUIT OF RAIL COSTS

Newcastle MP Tim Crakanthorp has railed against the “state of secrecy” in NSW after being frustrated over his search for the truth about light rail costs.

Mr Crakanthorp hit a roadblock over two freedom of information requests he lodged with Transport for NSW.

One request was for "all emails and briefing notes" from Transport for NSW to the Transport Minister, along with documents, about "cost variation" for the Newcastle light rail project.

Transport for NSW estimated that this would take “120 staff hours” to complete.

Mr Crakanthorp said this “seems excessive”.

“They began building it last year and since then there have been changes to the costs estimated at the beginning,” he said.

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