WestConnex to short-change western Sydney
WestConnex will widen and extend existing motorways into our community, and has been described as “a tunnel to a traffic jam”. At a cost of $12 billion, it is the largest road project in Australia and will divert money from 21st century transport solutions.
An independent review by leading experts, SGS Economics and Planning, was commissioned by the City of Sydney after the community voiced serious concern about the lack of information on the project, its impacts and the future of Sydney’s transport infrastructure.
The report says WestConnex will not meet its objectives of serving population and employment growth in western Sydney and moving freight from Port Botany and Kingsford Smith Airport.
WestConnex will disgorge traffic onto King Street, swamping one of Sydney’s most successful main streets. It will isolate Sydney Park with fast moving traffic. Tunnel portals, ramps, and ventilation stacks will blight the park’s surroundings.
WestConnex will dump traffic in neighbouring residential areas of Newtown, Erskineville, Alexandria, Waterloo and Redfern. It will compound serious congestion at Green Square, where successive state government have failed to plan and build adequate public transport for the biggest urban renewal project in Australia.
To find out more, visit www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/westconnex
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