Minister Sidoti 'big winner' on Metro

Construction on Western Sydney Metro will begin next year and it will boast seven new stations.
Construction on Western Sydney Metro will begin next year and it will boast seven new stations.

Labor has called for embattled NSW Sports Minister John Sidoti's salary to be stopped amid questions over his property interests and the site of a new Western Sydney Metro station.

Mr Sidoti has interests in two properties close to the site of a proposed station on Great North Road at Five Dock - one of seven along the new underground line, which is expected to open by 2030.

Labor says the Liberal minister is the "big winner" from Monday's government announcement on the new stations.

Mr Sidoti stood aside from cabinet in September while the Independent Commission Against Corruption investigates allegations of misconduct.

A storm had erupted around the minister over his property interests, their proximity to future metro stations and a linked political donation made by a developer to the NSW Liberal Party.

"It's time to end this farce," NSW Labor Leader Jodi McKay said in a statement released after the government announced the station locations.

"Mr Sidoti's ministerial salary must be terminated."

Some 23 residential properties and around 93 business sites are expected to be acquired for the project to go ahead.

The metro project will more than double the existing rail capacity between Parramatta and the Sydney CBD and cut travel times between the two centres to around 20 minutes.

Work will begin next year at the Bays Precinct, near Rozelle.

Announcing the locations on Monday, Transport Minister Andrew Constance declined to reveal the final cost of the project, due to the need to "maintain the competitive tension" in the market.

The state government is also fast-tracking the feasibility study into building a metro station at Pyrmont, while the location for the station in the CBD is yet to be decided.

Australian Associated Press