ROAD CHARGES A PO­LIT­I­CAL HOT POTATO

Penrith Press - - NEWS -

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.

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