Labor to fix WestConnex

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A NSW Labor Government will end the Baird Liberal Government’s bungling of the WestConnex project by providing direct road access for Western Sydney residents to and from the Sydney CBD and moving freight to and from the rapidly expanding Port Botany and the airport.

A Labor Government will:

1. Deliver the M4 element of the project in two stages, providing direct access for the residents of Western Sydney to Sydney’s CBD:

  • The M4 Widening project (Church Street to Homebush Bay Drive) will continue on its existing plan;
  • A link from Homebush Bay Drive to the city will proceed, allowing direct access from Western Sydney to the CBD. The route will be determined following proper expert advice from Infrastructure NSW, proper value for money processes as recommended by the Auditor General, and including a published cost benefit analysis.

2. Deliver the M5 East duplication project; however, it requires a new route to address Infrastructure NSW’s priority of moving freight to and from Port Botany and the airport. The route will be determined following expert advice from Infrastructure NSW, and proper value for money processes as recommended by the Auditor General, including a published cost benefit analysis.

3. Not proceed with the proposed St Peter’s interchange, and ensure that Sydney Park, Petersham Park, Tempe Parkland and Camperdown Park green spaces are protected. Sydney’s iconic Kings Street shopping strip will also be protected, with no additional clearway periods.

4. Immediately halt all compulsory acquisition of properties associated with the proposed project until the route has been finalised and genuine community consultation has been undertaken;

5. Not proceed with the proposed tunnel linking the M4 & M5 (Stage 3 of the current Westconnex scheme) as it is not a transport priority; and

6. Ensure that a thorough and transparent community consultation program is undertaken on all proposed projects.

“The Liberals have chopped and changed the plan for WestConnex five times since it was floated by Infrastructure NSW,” said NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley.

“Starting construction of either the M4 East or the M5 East duplication was a key pre-election commitment by the Liberals in their first term – with little more than a month to go until the election the Liberals are nowhere near making a start on either of these roads.”

Shadow Minister for Roads Michael Daley said the flagship road project of the Baird Liberal Government has been an absolute farce.

“The community can have no confidence in WestConnex until the business case is publicly released and the route doesn’t dump hundreds of thousands of cars and truck in the middle of St Peters,” said Mr Daley.