NEW M4 TOLL JUMPS BY 21%

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In another blow for Western Sydney drivers, NSW Labor has revealed the cost of the M4 toll has already skyrocketed since the Berejiklian Government announced motorists would again be slugged for a road- which was already paid for.

With motorists due to fork out another $2,000 a year to use the M4 from tomorrow, documents buried on the RMS website show the price has already jumped by 21 per cent.

In 2012, the NSW Government announced that a reintroduced M4 toll would be $3.75. In fact, it will commence at $4.56. This reveals the extent of the unfair escalation rate built into the Liberal’s secret contract.

If the above-inflation rate continues, NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley says in another five years we will be paying $5.54 to use the M4. That jumps to $5.76 the following year, when the project is due for completion in 2023.

Earlier this month, leaked Cabinet documents confirmed that the M4 widening project was five months late and at least $20 million over budget.

The Government’s claim that the completion date was always due in mid-2017 has been rubbished after the baseline completion date for the M4 Widening was revealed to be February 2017.

Quotes attributable to Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“This is nothing less than a tax on Western Sydney motorists that will see regular road users paying an additional $2,000 a year in tolls.

“This is life under the Liberals – it’s always the people who can least afford it who are hit the hardest.

“It’s a triple whammy for Western Sydney motorists – new tolls on un-tolled roads; toll increases well above the rate of inflation, and tolls right out until the 2060s. 

“Sydneysiders have already paid for this road - that’s why Labor lifted the tolls seven years ago.