Friday, 04 December 2015 01:00

WSROC seeks review of Sydney toll inequity

Media release, 4 December 2015


The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called for a review of tolling arrangements for the WestConnex and M5 East because of increased toll charging inequities across Sydney’s motorway network.

WSROC President, Cllr Tony Hadchiti suggested the introduction of the new motorways is the perfect opportunity to conduct a review of charges throughout Sydney’s entire motorway network.

“The current pricing regimes across the network ensures that motorists using different sections of the network pay vastly different sums for similar journey benefits,” Cllr Hadchiti said.

“In 2011, Minister Gay said he would like the entire toll system to be examined by Infrastructure NSW, saying it is unfair to people in some parts of Sydney. We agree with this statement but four years later we are still waiting to see action,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“Now is the perfect time to revisit this project. The introduction of tolls on the M4 from Parramatta to Strathfield as well as the M5 East, NorthConnex and the WestConnex will have a significant impact on travel budgets for many Western Sydney families and businesses,” he said.

Tolls apply to nine sections of the Sydney Orbital Network and the east-west corridor, however approximately 50 per cent of the motorway network remains untolled and cashback applies for private vehicle use on the M5. The complexity of the system has led to unintended and inequitable outcomes for some motorists.

“We all understand the necessity of tolls to fund new projects, but residents from certain areas of the city are being charged well above others and some are not charged at all,” he said.

“For instance, motorists traveling the 74 kilometre return journey along the southern orbital corridor from the southwest growth centre to the CBD pay $6.00 in tolls per day.i

“By contrast, motorists travelling the 70 kilometre return journey on the northern corridor from the northwest growth centre to the CBD can pay between $27.62 and $29.12 in tolls,ii” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“This inequity will become an even greater issue as new communities in the South West and southern end of the North West Priority Growth Areas begin to develop without viable public transport options. These commuters will have little choice but to use motorways to access employment, just as many do today,” he said.

“Transurban, the owner of the majority of tolled motorways in Sydney, has previously indicated that it would be happy to work with the government to harmonise tolls and one outcome could be a fairer charging regime for all road users,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“There are no longer any technological barriers to ensuring fair and equitable tolling across Sydney’s motorway networks,” he said.

“If harmonisation of tolls cannot be achieved then at the very least the sharing of data between toll road operators and government could lead to differential charging so that users of multiple motorways for a single journey would have a daily network cap applied to their use,” said Cllr Hadchiti.

“WSROC would welcome an investigation by Infrastructure NSW into the existing tolling arrangements. The NSW Government is doing great work reviving

Sydney’s road network, the logical next step is a refresh of the way this network charges its users,” he said. 



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[1] This is due to the cashback scheme, the untolled M5 East and Southern Cross Drive and single direction toll on the Eastern Distributor. This equates to the equivalent of tolls being paid for six kilometres or eight per cent of the journey.

[1] This equates to the equivalent of tolls for 51.4 kilometres or 73 per cent of their return journey.

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