The WestConnex tollroad will have a significant impact on the inner west, including the demolition of scores of homes and businesses, reduced air quality, increased local traffic - and it is simply incompatible with making communities more liveable.
This massive, expensive tollroad will rob NSW of much needed funds for public transport and lock Sydney into more car dependency for decades to come.
There are a number of alternative projects that will dramatically reduce reduce road traffic, particularly during peak periods. See www.westconnex.info for more detailed information.
Despite the huge $15.4 billion price tag, the Liberal State Government still refuses to release the WestConnex business case. The Government has been captured by the illusion that building more roads will 'solve' the traffic problem.
In fact, building more roads encourages more car use and new roads quickly fill to capacity. It is not a long-term solution.
The re-introduction of tolls on the M4 will drive more traffic on to Parramatta and Victoria Roads. The WestConnex is likely to short-change the people of western Sydney who live with poor public transport alternatives.
I encourage you to make your voice heard by completing the submission below before 2pm Monday 2 November 2015.
Jamie Parker MP
Director, Major Project Assessments
Department of Planning
GPO Box 39
SYDNEY NSW 2001
Submission: WestConnex M4 East Environmental Impact Statement (SSI 6307)
I write to express my strong objection to the WestConnex M4 East motorway proposal.
Global experience on experience of tollroad construction has demonstrated conclusively that these projects are enormously expensive and counter-productive. This tollroad will increase air pollution and encourage more car use, quickly filling the increased road capacity. It is not a long-term solution to Sydney's congestion problem.
The fact that the State Government has already signed multi-billion dollar contracts for WestConnex before this EIS was even placed on public exhibition undermines community confidence that this is a genuine consultation process.
I object to this proposal as it:
- Fails to provide a long term solution to traffic and congestion.
- Robs the limited NSW budget of funds to invest in much needed public transport.
- Will direct additional traffic into already heavily congested streets, like Parramatta and Victoria Roads.
- Requires the demolition and compulsory acquisition of hundreds of homes.
- Fails to compare this project against alternative public transport projects.
- Is not justified by any publicly-released business case.
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