Metro too costly: Leichhardt mayor (ABC News Online)

Leichhardt Council has urged the New South Wales Government to rethink its proposal for the CBD metro rail line, saying the existing plan is too costly and ill-conceived.

The State Government has started the formal planning process for the 7 kilometre underground line from Rozelle to Central, and is now seeking community feedback.

It is also set to acquire about 30 properties along the proposed route to make space for stations and other above ground facilities.

But the mayor of Leichhardt Council in Sydney's inner-west, councillor Jamie Parker, says a better solution would be to extend the existing light rail service from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill.

"If there is $4.8 billion for public transport, let's extend the light rail to Dulwich Hill and build the city light rail loop," he said.

"And with the other 4.6 billion, invest it in western and north-west Sydney where there's a public transport crisis."

Mr Parker says that light rail would be sufficient to provide transport in the inner-west.

read more at ABC News Online

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