NSW Greens MP and Roads & Transport spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has criticised reports that the Government is secretly finalising a route for the F6 extension, which will swallow hundreds of homes, parks and community facilities. She has called on the Government to instead invest in improving the South Coast rail line.
Dr. Faruqi said:
“The F6 extension is another toll road of destruction which will swallow up people’s homes, public parks and community facilities.
“The Government is pitching a false dichotomy to people of the Illawarra, that they have to choose between terrible commuting times or hundreds of people losing their homes. What about the option of upgrading the South Coast train line which improves travel times and is far cheaper and more sustainable?
“People who stand to lose their homes, parks and community facilities are always the last ones to know about this Government’s secretive plans. They have made a joke of community consultation.
“Every taxpayer dollar wasted on plans for yet another toll road is a dollar that could be spent improving public transport and train services.
“We got rid of industrial smokestacks, but now with the ever increasing tentacles of toll roads, the city will be full of pollution billowing out of toll tunnels, with stacks potentially built within metres of schools, homes and hospitals.
“This Government’s transport agenda is completely driven by private interests and the toll road lobby, and they will lock Sydney into a point of no return with this dangerous and outdated infrastructure,” she concluded.