MPs petition against tolls
Labor representatives vow to fight Baird Government’s M4 Motorway proposal
WESTERN Sydney Labor MPs are confident of forcing a parliamentary debate about planned tolls on the M4 Motorway.
The MPs launched a petition against the tolls, which the NSW Government announced last year, and now have 9702 signatures.
If the petition reaches 10,000 signatures there will be a parliamentary debate and the minister would have to respond.
Last week, the five Labor MPs presented the current petition to their colleague and Opposition spokeswoman for roads Jodi McKay.
Londonderry state Labor MP Prue Car is a vocal opponent of the planned tolls.
“Western Sydney has spoken,” Ms Car declared.
“It is clear that people are fed up with the secrecy and lies surrounding the Baird Government’s new M4 toll.”
Ms Car said Western Sydney residents commuting to work couldn’t afford to pay large tolls to use the new Westconnex network.
“This toll will have huge impacts on household budgets for families right across Western Sydney,” Ms Car said.
“Mike Baird is going to slug Western Sydney commuters up to $42 a week just
to get to work.
“His Government simply does not understand Western Sydney.”
The tolls are due to start in 2017 on the first stretch of expanded motorway, and run until at least 2060.
When the M4 is widened and the Westconnex tunnel built, drivers will be able to use the M4 until Haberfield.
Drivers could pay up to $4.21 to use the widened stretch of the M4 between Church St at Parramatta and Homebush and tolls will eventually be put on the Westconnex tunnel.
The NSW Opposition has previously introduced legislation in Parliament that would require new toll figures to be approved by the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal.
The first of four road tunnelling machines went into the ground on July 18.
Another length of Westconnex road was announced in July, with a new interchange and tunnel on Victoria Rd at Iron Cove Bridge.
The road aims to make it easier for motorists to get to Anzac Bridge.
Mike Baird is going to slug commuters up to $42 a week to get to work PRUE CAR