Tomorrow marks the final day for free travel on the M4 before the Berejiklian Government reintroduces a toll from Tuesday- slugging motorists $4.56 each way for the privilege of using a road they have already paid for.
Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay, Shadow Minister Assisting the Minister for Western Sydney Prue Car along with Western Sydney MPs are today campaigning in Penrith- the seat of WestConnex Minister Stuart Ayers.
In State Parliament this week, Mr Ayers tried to distance himself from the WestConnex project after leaked documents showed the budget for the Sydney Gateway component could now cost $1.8 billion.
NSW Labor revealed last week that the ‘new’ widened section of the M4 only saves motorists one minute on a typical evening peak journey to Western Sydney.
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.
NSW Labor has already collected a petition of well over 10, 000 signatures from angry residents in Western Sydney who will be forced to pay the toll for another 43 years. Quotes attributable to Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay
“Minister Ayers can try to run away from his association with WestConnex but he can’t hide the fact that this project has been a disaster from the start.
“Labor will campaign against Minister Ayers right up until the election for failing to listen to residents of Western Sydney and stop the toll.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister Assisting the Minister for Western Sydney Prue Car
“Communities across Western Sydney are furious about this – more than 10, 000 people came forward to tell Minister Ayers this reintroduced toll was unfair on them.
“It is 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.”