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MoneyBusiness owners file a $400MILLION lawsuit blaming Sydney's delay-plagued light rail construction for ruining them financially

01:25  27 may  2019
01:25  27 may  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Retaillers have launched a $400million class action against the New South Wales government, blaming the setback-plagued light rail construction in Sydney for ruining their businesses.

Business owners file a $400MILLION lawsuit blaming Sydney's delay-plagued light rail construction for ruining them financially© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Amelia Birch, who closed her Book Kitchen cafe in Surry Hills in 2017 after eight years said the project has had devastating results for business owners

The project, linking the city's CBD with several south-eastern suburbs, was meant to be finished in March but that has been pushed back to May 2020.

The project has ballooned to $2.1 billion and a 'ghost town' has formed along the route with many businesses left boarded up for months.

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Business owners file a $ 400 MILLION lawsuit blaming Sydney ' s delay - plagued light rail construction for ruining them financially . The project, linking the city's CBD with the inner south-eastern suburbs, was meant to be finished in March but that has been pushed back to May 2020.

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And now business owners have banded together seeking compensation.

Business owners file a $400MILLION lawsuit blaming Sydney's delay-plagued light rail construction for ruining them financially© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The project, linking the city's CBD with several south-eastern suburbs, was meant to be finished in March but that has been pushed back to May 2020

Amelia Birch, who closed her Book Kitchen cafe in Surry Hills in 2017 after eight years, told the Sydney Morning Herald the project had been poorly handled.

She said it has had devastating results for business owners.

'I lost everything. It's not just a loss of business, a loss of revenue. It's a loss of identity, a loss of dignity, I lost my marriage because of all of this. There have been huge consequences,' she said.

The Devonshire Street property remains empty two years after she was forced to vacate.

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Construction of Sydney ' s troubled .1 billion light rail project will not be completed until March 2020, a year later than promised. Delays to construction have infuriated business owners and residents along the 12-kilometre route of the line from Circular Quay to Randwick and Kensington, and the

Ms Birch said the way they had managed the project by closing off the whole route the entire time had been 'really inefficient'.

About 150 business owners, including small business and large corporations, are part of a lawsuit seeking compensation for mental anguish, and lost turnover allegedly caused by road closures, excessive noise and barricades.

However, the state government has fired back, arguing the disruptions were unavoidable and that it acted 'reasonably', the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

Documents filed by Transport for NSW in the Supreme Court shows the government will use NSW Civil Liability Act 2002, which protects government agencies from being sued for damages when developing major projects, but only if the court does not deem their actions to be unreasonable.

Business owners file a $400MILLION lawsuit blaming Sydney's delay-plagued light rail construction for ruining them financially© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The project was originally budgeted to cost $1.6billion before a $500million blowout (pictured, construction of the light rail project in Sydney's CBD near Wynyard train station)

Justice Peter Garling ruled this month that Transport for NSW's defence can drag construction companies into the dispute, allowing it to argue that ALTRAC, the group overseeing the project, and Acciona, the building subcontractor, should be liable for any harm suffered by the retailers.

Transport for NSW’s claim that the disruptions were inevitable has been rejected by retaillers, arguing it failed to effectively plan the project.

Transport for NSW argued in its cross-claim against the companies it had no direct supervision or control over construction work.

It argued that it was on the contractors to endure the work did not 'unduly interfere' with the activities of residents and businesses.

ALTRAC and Acciona will dispute the allegations.The matter has been adjourned to July 26.

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