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Community asked to get on board Sydney’s light rail plan

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The NSW government is seeking community feedback on plans to build a light rail line from Sydney’s CBD to the city’s east.

The 12-kilometre rail line would start at Circular Quay and run through the CBD and past Moore Park to connect Randwick and Kingsford to the city.

Minister for Transport Gladys Berejiklian said she wants community feedback on parts of the design that have not been finalised.

Berejiklian was subject to criticism earlier this year by Surry Hills locals who say the consultation process has been lacking. Many are angry over plans to acquire houses on Devonshire Street in order to build the train line, ABC reported.

Berejiklian said the government is seeking community input on where stops will be located and the hours of work during the construction period.

Engineers are also assessing whether to build a tunnel under Moore Park or construct a viaduct over it.

"I've said since day one that there will be disruption while we construct this project but the positive benefit light rail will provide this city for decades to come will be immeasurable," Berejiklian said in a statement.

"The feedback received will be carefully considered as part of the Environmental Impact Statement that will be submitted to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure later this year."

Five community information sessions about the project will be held over the next week.

If the project is approved, the government plan to begin construction of the light rail line in 2014, with a completion date slated for 2020.

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