The announcement today that the Derbyshire Road site in Leichhardt will not be taken forward as the location for the WestConnex mid-point tunnel is welcome. However, the government needs to rule out the Darley Road site as equally unsuitable.
It was a preposterous suggestion to locate a tunnelling site next to a school, but it’s clear that the alternative site is also totally unsuitable.
It’s unacceptable for the government to put the community in a position where they have to choose between a rock and a hard place.
The site on Darley Road has long been acknowledged by Council as a traffic black spot and highly congested. This site also suffers from flooding.
Darley Road is an arterial road and the 'spine' of Leichhardt. It is accessed by users across the Inner West to cross or enter the City West Link. Any further congestion of this road will lead to traffic chaos.
I join Leichhardt Against WestConnex in calling on the Minister to rule out the Darley Road dive site proposal. The use of Darley Road has been categorically rejected by the Inner West Council and its traffic planners in light of the damning report of an independent engineer.
As LAW rightly says, the Darley Road is a sub-standard road, long acknowledged as a traffic and accident blackspot. It belies common sense to bring up to 200 plus trucks per day onto this site given its history of fatalities. This will result in traffic gridlock on the City West Link and on this critical arterial road and will devastate nearby homes and local businesses in Leichhardt.
This announcement is just the latest example of the planning on the run we’ve seen right throughout this disaster of a tollroad project.
WestConnex is a damaging, destructive and wasteful project. It will bring in more traffic, not less. It will ramp up pollution and won’t address Sydney’s congestion problems.
It’s important for the community to remember that this eight-lane monstrosity is not a given. Far from it. The draft designs haven’t been released, nor the planning approval granted, nor any funding secured.
No community should be subjected to mass disruption, noise, pollution or dangerous traffic on this scale for a project that we know will fail.