The Australian Greens today condemned Transport Minister Anthony Albanese for shelving federal funding for the much-needed Parramatta to Epping rail line and betraying the people of Western Sydney in favour of motorway funding.
"After seven years as Transport Minister Anthony Albanese is still playing the blame game with the NSW government on urgently needed public rail projects", said Australian Greens transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon.
"The Parramatta to Epping rail line has effectively been put off to the never-never. It is more of a cancellation than a deferral. A seven year delay is insulting to people who have been short changed on public transport for decades.
"The Parramatta to Epping rail line would cut travel times between Chatswood and Parramatta by 25 minutes and open up job and education opportunities for workers and student in South West and Western Sydney.
"Mr Albanese's decision to shelve this rail line is the latest example of the minister's failure to expand public transport in NSW.
"In the budget there was nothing for new public transport in Sydney but the government did have pockets deep enough to give $2.2 billion for upgrades to the privately owned and operated M2, M4 and M5 motorways", said Senator Rhiannon.