Greens NSW MP and Transport, Roads and Ports Spokesperson, Dr Mehreen Faruqi MLC has reacted to the Premier’s announcement on the F6 toll road.
Dr Faruqi has called on the Government to shift focus to public transport, and immediately increase capacity and upgrade the South Coast Rail Line and build the Thirroul tunnel.
Dr Faruqi said:
“This Government wants to lock people of the Illawarra region into the same endless cycle of tolls as the people of Western Sydney. Let’s call the proposed F6 what it really is: a great deal for their mates in tolling companies, and a huge burden on people and the environment for generations to come.
“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 getting on with building the Thirroul tunnel which will drastically reduce travel times and is far cheaper and more sustainable?
“Signalling upgrades are crucial but should have been completed years ago. This Budget should can the f6 plans and put the money into building the Thirroul to Waterfall tunnel.
“This Government is locking Sydney into an ever tightening noose of motorways, where people will have no escape from paying thousands of dollars in tolls,” she concluded.