Light rail step closer

LIVERPOOL is one step closer to being connected to light rail.

In its recent budget the state government allocated $400 million for work to boost a western Sydney light rail system, subject to a feasibility study.

Mayor Ned Mannoun said that a possible route for the light rail, which will start in Parramatta, was to Liverpool.

"Light rail isn't just for the city, it can be for western Sydney, too," Cr Mannoun said.

"Liverpool is a growth area, so it would make sense for the government to build the route which would connect Parramatta to here.

"We're also the second largest regional city after them so it would make a lot of sense.

"They have the Westmead medical hub and we have our large hospital and research precinct, so the connections are obvious."

He said that Liverpool had benefited from the budget in many ways, with funding for a super ambulance station the standout.

Menai MP Melanie Gibbons said after three years repairing "Labor's mess", the budget was powerfully positioned to deliver services which the public have come to expect.

Other wins for Liverpool:

■ More than $103 million to complete the South West Rail Link from Glenfield to Leppington;

■ WestConnex Motorway gets $398 million for construction to commence in early 2015;

■ M5 West widening gets $400 million;

■ Road upgrades get $109 million to support Sydney's second airport at Badgerys Creek;

■ An extra $13 million for the widening of Deadman's Creek bridge on Heathcote Road; and

■ Local councils allocated $60 million to deliver essential infrastructure to support up to 3000 new homes in western Sydney growth areas.

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