Thursday, 26 September 2013 11:48

M2 Toll rise breaks promise

Media Release December 18, 2012

Western Sydney councils have slammed the operators of the Hills M2 tollway who have announced plans to raise some tolls despite a promise earlier this year to keep them frozen until lengthy and disruptive roadworks are complete and the new motorway open.

 

Transurban announced plans to raise the tolls for trucks, buses and the new Windsor Road ramp from January 1, 2013.

The President of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, Clr Tony Hadchiti said the increase would hit Western Sydney small businesses who were already doing it tough.

“This is a sneaky and underhanded decision by Transurban which totally fails to honour the spirit of the agreed freeze,” Clr Hadchiti said.

“The Roads Minister Duncan Gay announced in April that Transurban had agreed to freeze the tolls until work is completed – this was assumed to mean ALL tolls – not just cars and motorcycles passing through the Pennant Hills and main toll plazas.

“By targeting buses and trucks – who already pay a premium price of $15.95 and those residents who are using the new west-facing Windsor Road ramp, Transurban is blatantly looking for loopholes to increase their cash flow, without delivering their share of the bargain which is a new and improved road for Sydney.

“This will unfairly impact on our small businesses and local retailers who rely on these trucks for delivering goods and services around the region.

“And, at a time when we are trying to increase the use of public transport in our region, raising the bus tolls will inevitably flow through to fare increases.

“Not to mention the financial impact on residents who use the Windsor Road ramp and who already pay almost $2 extra to get to work.

“This is simply unacceptable. Our residents are doing it tough already without these additional costs and to try and slip these toll increases through at Christmas when everyone is on holiday is just plain mean. This makes Transurban our Christmas Scrooge.” 

The new tolls will see the cost for buses and trucks rise 55 cents to $16.50 each way along the main stretch, while the west-facing Windsor Road ramp increases from $5.69 to $5.76 for trucks and buses and from $1.89 to $1.93 for cars and motorbikes.

“More than 100,000 residents of Western Sydney are already forced to sit in long traffic queues for hours as they commute to and from work – and the roadworks that have been taking place over the last 18 months have made the situation worse,” Clr Hadchiti said.

Reduced speed limits, narrow chicanes and constantly shifting traffic flows had added to the stress for motorists, he said. 

“The end result is that motorway becomes a carpark in the morning and evening peaks.

“Our residents and small businesses should not have to pay tolls at all while they are putting up with this inconvenience – increasing them while the roadworks are still underway is just not on,” Clr Hadchiti said.

 

 


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