“This tollroad will have devastating impacts on our communities, will create traffic chaos and will increase toxic pollution. It is a financial black hole and unless stopped, will create grievous problems for generations to come. ” - Jamie Parker
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WestConnex is Australia's most expensive tollroad project. It is now estimated to cost $16.8 billion, a huge blowout - and rising - from the initial cost of $10 billion when the project was announced.
The project involves three stages: M4 (Parramatta to Haberfield), new M5 (Beverly Hills to St Peters), and M4-M5 tunnel link (including interchanges at Rozelle and Camperdown).
We are campaigning to stop WestConnex for reasons including:
- It will lead to more traffic congestion, not less.
- It will be a massive contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, while destroying important habitat and greenspace.
- It will have devastating impacts on our local communities and local amenities.
- It is shrouded in secrecy and lacks accountability
- It comes with no real evaluation of alternative options such as world class public transport.
Simply, it is a colossal waste of money, which won't solve Sydney's traffic problems, but will destroy the fabric of our city.
Click here to see Jamie's work so far including interviews, submissions, media coverage, press releases and more information about this campaign.
Our campaign to stop WestConnex has seen the people of Sydney and peak bodies come together in massive numbers to oppose the project.
Over 4,800 submissions on the M4 East Environmental Impact Statement. You can read ours here. Despite this overwhelming objection, it has been approved by the NSW Planning Department.
Over 12,900 submissions on the new M5 Environmental Impact Statement (including the St Peters interchange). You can read ours here. The proponent (Sydney Motorway Corporation) now has to respond to the concerns raised in all of these submissions.
The City of Sydney commissioned an independent report into the WestConnex Updated Business Case which was released on February 24. It is a scathing criticism of many of the assumptions made in the Business Case. Read Greens MP Jenny Leong's response to this report here, the ABC News report here and Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore's opinion piece here.
The Greens have a plan to scrap WestConnex, and instead support projects such as:
- An Inner West Light Rail Link heading up Parramatta Road, connecting the CBD to the Inner West
- The proposed Western Sydney Light Rail Network, which would connect Parramatta CBD to regional employment hubs such as Macquarie Park and Castle Hill
- Buying back the Airport Link from the private operator and slashing the Station Access Fee, which will take thousands off the road
- Investing in park-and-ride facilities at major train stations to encourage and divert thousands of commuters off the major roads and onto the public transport system as they commute into the city
- Integrating the cycleways for the West and Inner West of Sydney.