Housing Development stalled by Rail Funding Hole
A decision by the Federal Government to withdraw from its commitment to provide $2 billion in funding for the NSW Parramatta to Epping rail link has cast doubts on the viability of plans for a new housing development near Carlingford station.
Commenting on the government’s decision to postpone building the Parramatta to Epping link to after 2019, The Hills Council Deputy Mayor, Andrew Jefferies, said that the council now had a massive problem. They had approved plans for the construction of 3,600 new dwellings, including up to nine 18-storey buildings, on the basis of improvements to the Carlingford rail line going ahead.
Mayor Jefferies said that the council would look at scaling back the development of the precincts if no commitment to upgrading rail and road services in the area was forthcoming.
The proposed new link would have resulted in a new station at Rosehill-Camellia, and upgrades to stations at Carlingford, Parramatta, Rydalmere, Dundas, Telopea and Epping.