LEAKED DOCS: Berejiklian Faces Half A Billion Dollar Cost Blow Out And One Year Delay On The New M5

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The Berejiklian Government is heading for a scandalous half a billion dollar blowout on the New M5 section of WestConnex which will be delivered almost a year late, according to leaked documents.

The contractors of the New M5 project are in dispute with the Berejiklian Government over hidden costs to deliver the $4.3 billion second stage of the WestConnex toll road, the documents show.

The contractors are claiming more than $500 million in costs to finish the road due to “unforeseen planning approval requirements” that were only revealed six months after the contract was signed, the letters show.

The documents also show that the road was slated to open in early 2020 but is now likely to be open almost a year later.

It is the latest chapter in a sorry saga of waste and incompetence that has typified the Berejiklian Government’s handling of major infrastructure projects.

The Premier and her Transport Minister Andrew Constance are also facing a $1.2 billion claim by the light rail contractor Acciona for “misleading and deceptive conduct” relating to underground utilities.

Earlier this week, another stage of the WestConnex project suffered an embarrassing setback when the Government’s bid to compulsorily acquire a chunk of land in Rozelle was knocked back by the courts.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“When was the Premier planning to tell taxpayers that she is about to waste at least another half a billion dollars because of her government’s incompetence?

“The Premier and her ministers are constantly boasting about how good they are at delivering infrastructure but all the public can see is waste, incompetence and secrecy.

“This is what happens when a Premier fails to do her homework. This is nothing short of scandalous.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Infrastructure Michael Daley

“The game is up. After today this Government can no longer deliver infrastructure on time and on budget.

“They rushed this project through just for a media announcement.

“Blowouts and delays aren't normal if you do your homework.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads Jodi McKay

“This government is addicted to secrecy and has no intention of informing the community that its signature roads project is heading for a half a billion dollar blowout and is running a year late.
 
“Every aspect of WestConnex has been shrouded in secrecy. It is high time that the Premier and her Transport Minister Andrew Constance tell the public the real cost of their infrastructure programs.”