Ms JODI McKAY (Strathfield) [3.47 p.m.]: I say to the member for Hornsby that I am excited. I am excited because I am now the shadow Minister for Transport and it is the first time I can talk about transport and roads in this place in that capacity. I am able to look into an integrated way of moving people around this city. How could I not be excited about that? I am excited about my first opportunity to debate the member for Hornsby. The motion before the House is important; we must look at roads and transport from an integrated perspective. We want to ease congestion and see people move efficiently around the city. Our biggest concern, which I have raised time and again in my portfolio, is the way the projects are being delivered. We are seeing not only cost blowouts across the spectrum of the infrastructure delivery project, but also a lack of transparency and secrecy. There is a bill before the House that is aimed at removing the secrecy around the Government's private sector Sydney Motorway Corporation.
That concerns me, because a project the size of the Sydney Metro is comparable, in terms of delivery, with the WestConnex project. I know about that because it is in my electorate and because, as shadow Minister for roads, I am continually going on about how poorly that project is being delivered. As I mentioned, I am concerned about the cost blowout. We have already seen a $500 million cost blowout with the George Street light rail. The WestConnex project was $10 billion and then went to $11 billion, $12 million and $15 billion, and now it is at $16.8 billion. I am really looking forward to the upcoming budget to see what that project will end up costing, because we know that that price does not include the cost of property acquisitions or the link to the airport.
As I said, we have seen, time and again, a very poor delivery record from this Government. Nowhere is that more obvious than in WestConnex. There was a tunnel that was to travel under Parramatta Road; it is now travelling under about 500 houses. There are two unfiltered stacks. Most importantly, the imposition of tolls is causing great anxiety, particularly in the electorate of Oatley. There will be a toll on the duplication of the M5 and on the duplicated tunnel. There will also be a toll on the M4, which is currently free. These small things that are happening with WestConnex reveal a pattern of behaviour by this Government that will be reflected in the way that it is going to deliver the metro. I have approached the Minister for Transport and he has agreed to brief me on this project so I can find out exactly what the Government has planned. I am keen to learn how the Government is going to pay for it, because we have not been told how the Government is going to pay for this massive project.
I know that the Government is going to pay for WestConnex by putting tolls on the road. The Government is going to charge people in Western Sydney an extra $2,000 a year to travel from Parramatta to the CBD and back again. I know what that toll is: It will cost $4.21. When the Hon. Duncan Gay was asked what the toll was he said, "I think it might be $4.85. Maybe it is $4.20." His adviser had to step in and say, "No, sorry, it is $4.21." The Hon. Duncan Gay said that there were 18 gantries. No, there are 14 gantries—he got that wrong as well. The Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight could not say how many cars travelled on the M4. This Minister, who is delivering the most significant infrastructure project in New South Wales, has no idea of the number of cars on the M4. We all remember the Minister's embarrassing appearance on Channel 7, when he could not say how many cars were on the M5 or the M4. He has not learned from that.
Mr Gareth Ward: You tell us. What is the answer? Do you know?
Ms JODI McKAY: It is 166,000. We have concerns about the way this Government is delivering projects like the metro and we certainly look forward to seeing how this project rolls out. And I look forward to my briefing on this project.