Friday, 28 September 2018 13:05

Sydney Gateway not free for West

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MEDIA RELEASE, 19 September 2018

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) is disappointed that the tolls paid on the first stage of WestConnex will be used to fund a freeway in Eastern Sydney, rather than boosting public transport in the West.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said, “Contrary to the Government’s claims, the Sydney Gateway is not ‘free’; it is being funded by Western Sydney commuters.

“The Government was able to sell WestConnex at a profit because full time Western Sydney commuters now pay $2000 per year to use the M4; a fee that will be increased at a minimum of 4% annually for the next 40 years,” he said.

“The least the Government could do is reinvest this money in better public transport services for Western Sydney.

“Worst of all, Western Sydney residents won’t benefit from this toll-free link.

“If you are travelling from the West, whether it be from Penrith or Parramatta, you will have already reached the WestConnex toll cap by the time you reach the Sydney Gateway. This ‘toll-free’ Gateway is only free for the people and businesses of Eastern Sydney.

“WSROC considers it only fair that the Government leaves the M12 connection to a future Western Sydney Airport un-tolled, however that is little comfort to WestConnex commuters who will have already funded the Sydney Airport link.

“Western Sydney is sick of being told they must pay for their own transport infrastructure via tolls, value-capture, or some other means, while the East receives fully funded transport links.

“If the Government is fair-dinkum about equity for the West. They will reinvest WestConnex funds into public transport for Western Sydney,” said Cr Bali.

WSROC has identified several priority infrastructure investments for Western Sydney including:

• Two north south rail links connecting the North West and South West Priority Growth Areas – forming a rail grid with the Metro North West, Western Rail Line and Leppington Line.

• Duplication of the Western Rail Line west of Parramatta and improved express services from the Blue Mountains, Penrith and Richmond.

• Significant increases commuter car parking at transport interchanges and train stations across Western Sydney.

• Significant expansion of the region’s public bus network with a focus on connecting residential areas with town centres and Western Sydney’s employment hubs.

• Increased frequency of services on the Bankstown Line (to Liverpool) and the Cumberland Line (to Campbelltown).

• Rail links connecting the Western Sydney Airport precinct to key regional centres including: Penrith, Blacktown, Fairfield, Liverpool and Parramatta.

• Increased accessibility at Western Sydney public transport stops including lifts and ramps at train stations.

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