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Costa sidelines $1.2bn Sydney rail link project

<p>The New South Wales Government has scrapped its $1.2bn Epping to Parramatta rail link.</p> <p>State transport services minister Michael Costa deferred the project indefinitely in favour of improving Sydney’s existing network.</p> <p>The project, which aimed to provide a direct rail link between North Sydney and the far west of the city, would only provide an extra 15,000 trips and this did not justify the expenditure, Mr Costa said.</p> <p>"The community doesn’t want another Airport Rail Link," he said.</p> <p>The eastern part of the project from Chatswood to Epping has already started and will be completed, Mr Costa said.</p> <p>He also put Sydney’s planned $320m integrated ticketing scheme on notice.</p> <p>Rather than trying to put 73 fares onto one ticket it was more sensible to look at why there were so many fares in the first place, he said.</p> <br />