NSW needs to can all motorway projects: Greens

By: Jason Whittaker


The New South Wales Government must scrap all future motorway upgrade plans and divert money into public transport, according to

The New South Wales Government must scrap all future motorway upgrade plans and divert money into public transport, according to Greens’ transport spokeswoman Lee Rhiannon.

The Greens want the M4 East, Victoria Road upgrade and motorways connecting an expanded Port Botany to be canned because they will not ease the State’s traffic congestion woes.

Rhiannon points to accidents in the Lane Cove Tunnel, saying it is a reminder that money spent on motorways is tantamount to wasting resources.
"The Lane Cove Tunnel crash is another reminder of why we need to scrap future motorway plans and fast track publicly owned, efficient and reliable transport for Sydney," she says.

"How many failed tunnel projects does it take for the Roads Minister Eric Roozendaal to learn a lesson?"

The Greens want the Government to commit more to public transport initiatives because no amount of motorway projects will "turn around the transport crisis in Sydney, according to Rhiannon.
"Money and energy should be directed away from motorway projects to public transport," she says.

Rhiannon says the Government’s plans to upgrade NSW motorways are ignorant based on the implications of oil shortages. She says Premier Morris Iemma "must take his head out of the sand" and adopt a different approach toward addressing the State’s industry woes.

"The government’s history of ploughing ahead with motorways based on grossly miscalculated traffic flows continues and ultimately it will be the public who bears the cost," she says.

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