Friday, 12 May 2017 12:41

WSROC calls tokenism on toll-free period

Car travelling along Western Sydney road. Car travelling along Western Sydney road.

Media release, 12 May, 2017

 

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called out the NSW Government for tokenism following its announcement of a one month toll free period on the widened M4.

WSROC President, Cr Stephen Bali said “WSROC has long been a supporter of WestConnex, but a one month toll-free period for the M4 is completely tokenistic – a one off, $200 discount.

“Drivers should not pay before they benefit, and until the M4 East is completed two years from now, traffic chaos will continue,” he said.

“No matter how many lanes the M4 has, traffic will still come to a standstill at the intersection with Parramatta Road at Strathfield.

“A wider M4, with additional entry points, means more drivers will get to this traffic queue faster and sit in it longer as a result,” said Cr Bali.

“While WestConnex will have long-term benefits for our city, it isn’t reasonable to charge Western Sydney $200 million[1] to sit in a traffic queue that was once free; particularly given the Government’s statements that WestConnex tolls would be predicated on time savings,” he said.

“Until the Government opens the new tunnel that by-passes Parramatta Road, the widening of the M4 will offer no benefit to city-bound commuters and should therefore be free,” said Cr Bali.

“WSROC has previously advised the NSW Government to suspend M4 tolling for at least two years in the east-bound direction. This would be nothing more than a fair acknowledgement of the difficulties facing workers from Western Sydney who travel east to their jobs.

"Unfortunately, the Government has not heeded this advice, and will feel the impact of this decision as commuters begin to voice their displeasure,” said Cr Bali.

 

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Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

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