Toll me once, shame on you. Toll me twice, shame on me.

People are starting to realise that there is about to be a big new toll (tax) on the M4.

What a lot of people don’t realise is that there is also about to be a big new toll on the M5 East (the M5, east of King Georges Road), and the new toll will be cumulative. Continue reading

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Tolls make WestConnex a project with no winners

 

According to the WestConnex Updated Strategic Business Case, commuters are prepared to pay $21.32 to avoid sitting in traffic for one hour.

But according to the numbers in the Updated Strategic Business Case’s Technical Paper 2, commuters will be paying up to $80 in tolls for every hour they save – almost 4 times as much as the Business Case say they are prepared to pay. Continue reading

WestConnex: What will you get? What will you pay?

The WestConnex Updated Strategic Business Case shows that drivers will be paying up to $8.27 (each way) to save as little as 5 minutes. Truckies will pay three times that. And tax-payers will pay too.

The business case shows that the cost of using WestConnex will be (2016 numbers):

  • flag-fall: $1.17
  • per kilometre: $0.44
  • capped at $8.27
  • payable in: both directions
  • goes up by: 4% a year

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Someone using WestConnex for a 16km commute would be paying $82,70 a week, and more, if they have to use other toll roads as well.

Exactly how much you pay, and how much you save, depends on where you are travelling from and to.

If the predicted time savings are right, and there’s no guarantee that they are, but if they are, then these are some samples of what you’ll pay, and what you’ll save, and how many dollars it will cost you to not sit in traffic for one hour:

Distance Cost Without WestConnex With WestConnex Time saved $cost /hr saved
Sydney University to Wattle St, Ashfield 7 km $4.22 25 min 15 min 10 min $25.33
Liverpool to Leichardt 30 km $8.27 55 min 49 min 6 min $82.68
Liverpool to Sydney University 30 km $8.27 61 min 49 min 12 min $41.34
Summer Hill to Airport 9 km $5.10 41 min 26 min 15 min $20.38
Strathfield to Airport 15 km $7.72 41 min 25 min 16 min $28.94
Parramatta to CBD 35 km $8.27 46 min 38 min 8 min $62.01
Penrith to Airport 60 km $8.27 74 min 58 min 16 min $31.01
Penrith to CBD 57 km $8.27 89 min 67 min 22 min $22.55

What you will get. What you will pay.

The tolls will cover the cost of running WestConnex, but not the cost of building it.

For several recent toll roads, tolls have only covered 1/3 of the cost of construction. The New M5 will carry less traffic than the Cross City Tunnel, but it will cost far more to build. WestConnex will cost at least $18B to build. The cost has been blowing out at $2B a year, every year, since it was announced. If the WestConnex can somehow be sold for $6B, then the cost to the taxpayer will still be $12B, or about $3,000 per person in Sydney, and it will mean we have privatised the M4 and the M5.

Those that can’t afford the toll, or just choose not to pay it, will be forced on Parramatta Rd, Stoney Creek Rd and other roads that are already congested. These roads are going to get worse when WestConnex opens.

This is how WestConnex can promise time savings – not by making the M4 and M5 better than they are now, but because the tolls will force people off the M4 and M5, and onto other roads.

WestConnex is a project with no winners. If you use it, you will pay a lot of money to save not a lot of time. If you don’t use it, your trip will take longer than if WestConnex was not built. And whether or not you use, you will pay for the building of it.

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WestConnex, if it goes ahead, will be devastating for Sydney Park.

Originally posted on arag.org.au

WestConnex, if it goes ahead, will be devastating for Sydney Park.

To see how to object, click here.

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It will take a large chunk out of the south eastern side, for a ‘construction compound’ that will reach almost to the large lake.

It will take off the southern corner, to create a massive intersection between Euston Rd, Campbell Rd and the tunnel ramps. (See the black line on the figure above and to the right.)

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WestConnex will chop 12 meters from the south side of the park – the width of two or three houses. This will wipe out most of the big old trees on that side of the park.

Euston Rd will be carrying 70,000 vehicles. Campbell Rd will be carrying 60,000 vehicles.

There will be two smoke stacks (which are called Ventilation Facilities in the plans, but don’t be fooled. They’re concentrated, unfiltered car exhaust). One will be right on the edge of the park – the other will be about 100 meters away.

And on the south side of Campbell there will be a four story spaghetti flyover.

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The flyover will be visible from half the park, and the noise and pollution from it and the smoke stacks and the extra traffic on Campbell and Euston will make Sydney Park a much less healthy place to be.

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Hard-copy Objections close at 5pm this Friday, the 29th. Online objections may be open for a few hours longer, but why wait?

To see how to object, click here.

WestConnex Business Case does not add up

Every recent Toll Road in Australia has fallen short of expectations. Several have gone dramatically bust. A look at the WestConnex Updated Strategic Business Case suggests that WestConnex will go the same way, and at considerable cost to NSW and Australian taxpayer.

Alexandria Residents' Action Group

WestConnex_cost-savings_mapThe State Government plans to spend $18 billion on WestConnex, an inner city tollway that is to connect the M4 to the M5 via a tunnel. The tunnel will be one of the world’s longest, and most expensive. The $18 billion bill for WestConnex dwarfs spending on other forms of transport infrastructure.

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