NSW government wants ‘clarification’ from ARTC

<p>The New South Wales Government wants clarification on parts of the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s (ARTC) proposal to manage its interstate rail system before it makes a long-awaited decision to merge state track with ARTC.</p> <p>A spokesman for the New South Wales state development minister, Michael Egan, said the government is "still assessing" the proposal.</p> <p>"There are a number of points that need to be clarified," he said.</p> <p>The spokesman declined to specify which points were unclear or when a decision will be made.</p> <p>This dashes federal transport minister John Anderson’s hopes for a quicker resolution.</p> <p>Mr Anderson told last week’s AusRail conference in Sydney that he hoped to hear the NSW Government’s response within a few days.</p> <p>A Federal Government offer of an $870m investment in rail infrastructure over five years hinges on the State Government relinquishing management of the track to the ARTC.</p> <p>Mr Anderson said the proposed investment will deliver a number of benefits for the rail industry, including funding a new southern access corridor into Sydney and improvements in train control, signalling and safe working systems. </p> <br />