M4 tolls rear ugly head again

Fee will be more than $2000 a year for com­muters us­ing the M4 Mo­tor­way

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - FRONT PAGE - Jil­lian Mc­Kee

MT DRUITT and St Marys com­muters are brac­ing them­selves for some hip­pocket pain as the State Gov- ern­ment an­nounces its plans to in­tro­duce a toll on the M4.

Mo­torists trav­el­ling from Mt Druitt, be­tween Par­ra­matta and Home­bush, will be charged $4.21 each way.

This equates to $2189.20 a year for peo­ple driv­ing to and from work each day.

Mt Druitt state La­bor MP Ed­mond Atalla is up in arms.

DRIV­ERS trav­el­ling on the M4 will be forced to pay more than $2000 a year to use the road un­der the State Govern­ment’s plan to im­ple­ment a new toll.

Mo­torists trav­el­ling from Mt Druitt, be­tween Par­ra­matta and Home­bush, will be charged $4.21 each way.

This equates to $42 a week and $2189.20 a year for mo- torists trav­el­ling to and from work each day.

The 40km M4 Mo­tor­way ex­tends from Con­cord to Lap­stone. Ac­cord­ing to Census data, al­most 60 per cent of Black­town lo­cal govern­ment area work­ers travel out­side the area for work.

Roads and Mar­itime Ser­vices data states more than 54,000 mo­torists use the M4 daily, trav­el­ling through Roper Rd in Coly­ton.

This in­creases to 58,000 mo­torists at the M7 In­ter­change at East­ern Creek.

Mt Druitt state La­bor MP Ed­mond Atalla said the toll would hit res­i­dents hard. “Work­ers trav­el­ling from Mt Druitt can’t af­ford an ex­tra $2189 a year in tolls,” Mr Atalla said.

“Fam­i­lies from Mt Druitt have to pay to get where they need to be – whether they’re driv­ing to work or vis­it­ing their fam­ily on the week­end – and they shouldn’t have to keep pay­ing more.”

Roads Min­is­ter Dun­can Gay said: “WestCon­nex will have a dis­tance-based tolling sys­tem, sim­i­lar to the M7, with a cap on the toll paid.

“This is a fairer, more eq­ui­table sys­tem made pos­si­ble by elec­tronic tolling.

“It en­sures mo­torists are only pay­ing for the roads they’re us­ing.

Mr Gay said the toll would be­gin when the M4 widen­ing is com­pleted in 2017.

For more de­tails visit now.nsw.gov.au.

Work­ers trav­el­ling from Mt Druitt can’t af­ford an ex­tra $2189 a year in tolls

Ed­mond Atalla

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