Gladys Berejiklian: "The certainty provided by the federal Coalition in relation to transport funding is a welcome relief". Photo: James Alcock
Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian says she welcomes the ''certainty'' provided by Tony Abbott's commitment not to fund public transport projects in Sydney.
The federal Opposition Leader believes national governments should fund motorways and highways but not major public transport projects.
This view has been welcomed by the NSW government, even though it faces the cost of the $8 billion north-west-rail link and has committed to a $10 billion second rail crossing of Sydney harbour.
''The certainty provided by the federal Coalition in relation to transport funding is a welcome relief, especially given the Minister for Roads and I have to manage the transport cluster budget,'' Ms Berejiklian said.
''This allows us to plan for the future.''
In contrast, federal Labor says it supports national funding for urban public transport projects. But its argument has been dented by having failed to fund one in Sydney.
It offered funding for a train line between Parramatta and Epping at the 2010 election, but the NSW Coalition government preferred to build the north-west rail link instead.
The Federal Transport Minister, Anthony Albanese, said: “It’s extraordinary that this opposition to any public transport project would be welcomed by the State Government.
"What’s certain is that should Tony Abbott be elected Prime Minister on September 7, there will not be one cent for public transport in NSW," Mr Albanese said.