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Passenger services get lion’s share of NSW rail spend

<p>The New South Wales Government will spend more than $1bn on rail during 2005&#4706 &#8211 almost entirely on passenger-focused projects.</p> <p>Even though many of the state’s freight rail infrastructure responsibilities have passed on to the Australian Rail Track Corporation under its lease arrangement there was little cheer in the budget yesterday (Tuesday, May 24) for those that remain, such as NSW branch lines.</p> <p>Spending for rail is concentrated on previously announced or ongoing projects, including the rail clearways and the Epping-Chatswood rail link.</p> <p>Other projects include rollingstock purchases &#8211 81 outer suburban cars, Hunter Fleet rail cars and further expenditure on finalising the tender process for the 498 carriage fleet purchasing program. </p> <br />