But it may upset other property owners, who would have imagined the government would buy their sites, to develop the ambitious rail project, which was scrapped last weekend.
City Freeholds was the biggest property owner effected, selling 12 Castlereagh Street to Sydney Metro, and then buying another office at 55 Hunter Street for $106.1 million.
NSW Premier Kristina Keneally said in a statement the government “would put processes in place to assist property owners and tenants who have incurred legal, valuation and other costs relating to property acquisition”.
A new light rail link will be developed at the Barangaroo development, replacing a proposed metro train station.
The new $50.2 million transport plan will also include:
• Expanding the light rail system to include 20 new stations and 10 kilometres of new track;
• A total of $3.1 billion on new trains
• Improved bus services to the tune of $2.9 billion
• A total of $225 million on Sydney ferries and vessels
• More than $400 million on car parks, and $158 million on new cycleways
• The creation of the Sydney Metropolitan Development Authority