The Liberal and National Government’s flagship infrastructure project, the leviathan WestConnex toll road, has been hit by a further delay with news that the crucial Rozelle Interchange might be delivered up to two years later than planned.
The sprawling underground interchange underneath Rozelle will be delivered in 2025 – two years later than the State Government has said.
The disclosure comes in an investors briefing document by toll giant Transurban which last week bought 51 per cent of the 33-kilometre toll road.
Transurban says that the interchange will now be delivered in the financial year 2025, while WestConnex maintains the crucial network of underground link roads will be “open to traffic in 2023”.
Labor has called on the Minister for WestConnex to drop the deceit and explain the discrepancy.
It comes off the back of a revelation in State Parliament Budget Estimates this week that NSW taxpayers will be on the hook to pay compensation to the owners of WestConnex if there are any delays to the Rozelle Interchange.
Delays and scope changes continue to push the bill up for WestConnex, which started out as a $10 billion project and is now approaching double that.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Roads Minister Jodi McKay
“The Berejiklain Government can’t even say when the Rozelle Interchange is going to open."
“This is a project that is lurching from crisis to crisis. WestConnex has been plagued by budget blowouts and delays from day one."
"Whether it is disastrous Sydney light rail or the never-ending WestConnex this government’s record on infrastructure is a tale of waste and mismanagement.”