Greens NSW MP and Transport Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC, has said that the public are losing out with the Government’s obsession with toll roads. Today, the Sydney Morning Herald revealed the NSW Government has instructed transport officials to ignore public transport alternatives in favour of tolls roads.
Dr. Faruqi said:
“The Government’s obsession with toll roads means the public loses out on cheaper public transport solutions. A clear cabinet directive not to consider rail as an alternative to the M6 is outrageous.
“Is the government promising private toll road operators that they will not build public transport to compete with a super profit generating toll road? An F6 toll road will funnel even more cars into the Westconnex forcing people to pay higher and higher tolls.
“The government does PPP’s with private companies behind closed doors or as unsolicited projects. There is no involvement of the public in secret public-private partnerships.
“We need a faster rail alternative for people to get to the Sydney CBD from Wollongong, not an expensive new toll road in the South,” she concluded.