Planners change North West Rail Link details

THE North West Rail Link has reached another planning milestone in response to community feedback.

Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian said the Submissions Report lodged yesterday addresses concerns raised by the community, local businesses, government agencies and councils to the first environmental impact statement.

More than 500 people attended eight community information sessions during the exhibition period for the first EIS, and more than 40,000 locals received invitations to make a submission.

More than 350 submissions were made covering major construction works such as tunnels, the four kilometre elevated line, and railway station excavation.

Changes include:

Norwest: The location of the underground Norwest railway station will be moved slightly to the south-east, significantly reducing the disruptions to Norwest Boulevard during construction; and

Hills Centre: Community groups using the buildings within the Hills Centre construction site area will be accommodated either in existing or new buildings. If they cannot be accommodated on the site, the project team will help them to find alternative accommodation.

Also lodged with the Department of Planning and Infrastructure is a state-significant infrastructure application, signalling the start of the planning process for the second EIS that will cover the operation and construction of railway stations, station precincts, the stabling facility at Tallawong Road and operational rail infrastructure and signalling systems.

Read the submissions at northwestrail.com.au and planning.nsw.gov.au.

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