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M4 Toll sees 25 percent usage drop

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Western Sydney motorists have flocked to Parramatta Road following the introduction of a $4.56 toll on the widened M4.

M4 usage was down 25 percent on August 15 as drivers sought alternatives to the $45 a week charge.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “WSROC has been collecting feedback from M4 users to determine whether they will choose to pay the toll, and whether their journey is quicker now the widening has been complete.

“Initial feedback indicates that while many drivers are willing to pay a toll to save time, the majority (70 percent) feel $4.56 is far too expensive. More concerning is the 20 percent who say they simply can’t afford to pay a toll.

“WSROC will continue to collect feedback as drivers settle in to a new normal over the next few weeks,” said Cr Bali.

“The Premier has indicated she is not concerned by the 25 percent drop in M4 usage; people will return to the M4 over time.

“That may be true, but if the choice is between quality time with your family or heating your home is that a positive outcome? For some people that will be the reality,” said Cr Bali.

“Whether or not drivers return to the M4, it does not change the fact that Sydney’s tolling system is inherently inequitable.

“The Premier’s suggestion that Western Sydney residents are being charged because they benefit is ridiculous. WestConnex will benefit all of Sydney. It will connect Leichardt to Botany, and Burwood to Balmain,” he said.

“We need to urgently review the way we plan, fund and maintain the transport our city needs. A system that does not place undue burden on any one community,” said Cr Bali.

 

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