Another North West Rail broken promise

The state government has reneged on its promise the North West Rail Link will go directly to the city.

Premier Barry O'Farrell and Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian had guaranteed the trains will travel directly to the city without a stop over on numerous ocassions.

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It was revealed as part of the announcement yesterday that North West Rail Link commuters will change trains at Chatswood to get into the city.

The trains on the line may also be the first in Sydney to be run by a private company.

While plans continue for a second harbour crossing, commuters from the north-west will have to cross the platform at Chatswood to continue into the city.

The North West Rail Link will also be the first rail line to feature single deck, high frequency trains, Transport minister Gladys Berejiklian announced yesterday.

At least 12 trains an hour will run during peak hour — the equivalent of one every five minutes.

''Early construction work on the North West Rail Link is due to start later this year and major tunnelling work in on schedule to start in 2014,'' Ms Berejiklian said.

''We know customers want faster, more reliable services and the new generation trains will provide a more efficient, comfortable journey on our network.''

Expressions of interest for the contract to build 15.5 kilometres of tunnels between Bella Vista and Epping will be called later this month.

For more detail pick up Tuesday's edition of the Hills News.

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