Despite the $15 billion price tag, the Baird Government’s WestConnex project has been found to save motorists just six minutes on their commute in the latest Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
The EIS shows that in 2021 on strategic routes between Western Sydney and the CBD motorists only stand to save between six to eight minutes. By 2031, this figure increases by just four minutes to a 10 minute saving thanks to the connecting M4 – M5 link.
Addressing the potential for time savings, the EIS states:
Modelling outputs suggest that the project would create average travel time savings of between six and eight minutes in 2021 on strategic routes between Western Sydney and the CBD, with more substantial time savings of between 10 and 18 minutes by 2031, which is mainly due to the operation of the connecting M4–M5 Link.
The uneconomic project will also fail to deliver real time savings for commuters travelling by bus along Parramatta Road with Westbound buses saving only 14 minutes by 2021.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Jodi McKay
“$15 billion is a huge price to pay for just a six minute saving.”
“The Baird Government has failed to deliver any real time saving to NSW motorists. Instead, they’ve decided to lump them with one of the most expensive projects in NSW history.”
“The Baird Government has overpromised and under delivered on one of the State’s largest roads projects.”