ROAD CHARGES A POLITICAL HOT POTATO
THE State Government is still “considering options in relation to the toll’’ on the M4 motorway, WestConnex Minister Stuart Ayres said.
“The first stage of WestConnex, the widening of the M4 between Parramatta and Homebush, is due to be completed mid this year,’’ Mr Ayres said in a statement to the Penrith Press.
“Free roads will always remain as an alternative for those who don’t want to pay a toll.
“Unlike Labor we will not be removing choice for drivers.”
The original M4 toll was removed in 2010 after the concession on the M4 Motorway expired. The M4 widening project is flagged for a maximum toll of $4.21.
State Labor MPs have been campaigning to have the toll scrapped via a petition.
Seven MPs, including Blue Mountains MP Trish Doyle, Londonderry’s Prue Car and Mt Druitt’s Edmond Atalla, have been collecting signatures protesting about the toll reintroduction since last year.