The NSW Opposition is demanding the incoming Roads Minister Melinda Pavey explain why it took almost ten hours before an effective contra flow was organised on the M1 following a crash at around 4 o’clock this morning.
A contra flow is usually set up in the immediate aftermath of an accident to ensure traffic is moving in both directions.
A full contra flow was not set up until almost 2pm.
Thousands of drivers have been trapped for hours on the M1 – the key motorway into and from Sydney.
It follows an accident involving a truck and a crane.
Drivers were eventually provided with water – many suffering from extreme heat, and having been forced to turn their car engines off – without air-conditioning.
At its peak, traffic was backed up for nearly 20 kilometres.
Quotes attributable to Jodi McKay MP, Shadow Minister for Roads
“This Government has demonstrated scant concern for the welfare of thousands of drivers trapped for hours on end – in extreme heat – through no fault of their own.
“The fact that this Government has no PLAN B for the key motorway into and out of Sydney is a disgrace.
“This is yet another ministerial bungle that has left thousands of people trapped in searing heat on the M1.
“Melinda Pavey has failed her first test as Minister for Roads.
“The first job of the Minister is to keep our roads moving - and she has failed.”