Long-term strategic plan for rail - Christie 2001

Greater Sydney metropolitan region

New South Wales, Australia

An 89-page overview report Long-term Strategic Plan for Rail prepared by Ron Christie when Co-ordinator-General of Rail in June 2001 was suppressed by the New South Wales Government and did not surface until a leaked copy was extensively reported in the Sydney Morning Herald on 25-27 February 2002. The report pressed for a huge expansion of Sydney's railways, arguing that travel around the metropolis would become very awkward otherwise (other arguments, such as air pollution and safety, were also advanced).

The Government's response to the publication was to say the report was only a "shopping list" of possible projects.

Following pressure from the cross-bench of the NSW Legislative Council, the report was officially released in May 2002.