Tender out before feedback deadline

Story appeared in: Torch | December 5th, 2017

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Mayor Khal Asfour has accused the NSW Government of treating the community with contempt, after parts of the project went out to tender, before community feedback could be considered.
In response, the Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said it was the Mayor who was treating his community with contempt by opposing a project that would give residents air conditioned metro trains, faster travel times, and lifts at every station along the Sydenham to Bankstown corridor.
"The Mayor seeks to deny people in wheelchairs, mothers with prams, and our seniors community the benefit of fully accessible public transport," he said.
"At Belmore and Canterbury there are just four trains an hour in the peak – Sydney Metro will boost this massively, delivering 15 trains an hour in the peak.
"Transport for NSW has consulted with key stakeholders such as local councils since 2015 and has refined the project as a result of their feedback. I would hope to see this collaborative approach continue."
Mayor Asfour said that while the council supports improvements to public transport, it doesn't support the Metro in its current form.
"The consultation period has just closed and the ink is yet to dry on community submissions, including one from the council, but here is Transport for NSW already hitting the go button," Mayor Asfour said.
"What's the point of asking for submissions, if they're not even going to seriously consider them."
The council is pushing for several alterations, including a section of the metro from Punchbowl to Bankstown to be underground. It also has concerns over the upgrade to Bankstown Station and wants additional underpasses along the route.

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