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The new line to Rouse Hill, which will also take over the existing Epping to Chatswood line, will run as a shuttle train to Chatswood.
For residents of nearby stations such as Beecroft and Cheltenham, this will mean that they will have to catch three trains to get to the centre of Sydney. At present they can catch one.
Mr Smith told the meeting at the Cheltenham Recreation Club that in time services on the north-west rail link would be extended from Chatswood to the city through another harbour crossing.
''Obviously it will be built after this north-west rail link is complete,'' Mr Smith, the Member for Epping and until recently the attorney-general, said.
''There's no doubt about that. But it is clear that the minister wishes to build it, she wishes to expedite it, and if we go ahead and do certain other infrastructure things, sell certain things, such as the powers and wires, there will be money available to build that second harbour crossing. I predict that that's going to happen. And it is going to happen in the next 10 years.''
In opposition, the Coalition promised to run trains from the north-west rail link all the way into the city. But it broke that promise in 2012 when it instead said it would build the $8.3 billion line as a privately operated shuttle to Chatswood.
This means the existing Epping to Chatswood line, which was completed only in 2009, will need to be handed over to a new operator and modified to carry a different type of train.
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