PETITION AGAINST M4 TOLL LODGED TODAY

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The NSW Opposition has lodged a petition with more than 10,000 signatures to NSW Parliament against the reintroduction of the M4 toll.

Angry Western Sydney and Blue Mountains residents signed the petition, which will soon be debated in Parliament. Signatures were collected from right across Western Sydney by Western Sydney Labor MPs who gathered today to lodge the petition.

A whopping new tax is due to be slapped on Western Sydney residents in the second half of this year after Premier Gladys Berejiklian announced the toll on the widened section of the M4 between Parramatta and Homebush.

The new toll will cost motorists up to $4.56 meaning five-day-a-week commuters face paying an extra $2,188 a year to travel on the M4.

Before the road is even open the toll has already gone up from $4.21 to $4.56 and it will go up every year at or above the rate of inflation for the next 43 years.

The widened M4 section of the WestConnex project is costing approximately $500 million and this money will be recouped through tolls in just a few years – but the M4 toll will stay on for decades to effectively pay for the other stages of the road project including the M4-M5 link and the widened M5.

Quotes attributable to NSW Opposition Leader Luke Foley

“It’s a great big monster tax on Western Sydney motorists.

“The number of signatories rose faster than the toll itself – and that’s saying something.

“We’ll keep campaigning on this all the way until the next election.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister Assisting the Leader of the Opposition on Western Sydney Prue Car

“Communities across Western Sydney are furious about this - evident in the fact we have more than 10,000 signatures.

“It’s a kick in the guts that communities in Western Sydney will have to pay more than $2,000 dollars a year extra in tolls when cost of living pressures are already out of control.”