WestCONnex won’t work!
Public Transport Will
The NSW State Government is proposing to build the WestCONnex motorway: a 33km toll-road around Sydney that will destroy neighbourhoods, waste taxpayer funds, cost families money, increase pollution AND not fix our city’s traffic congestion problems!
The WestCONnex proposal involves:
- Duplicating M4 lanes from Parramatta to Homebush (Stage 1: construction from early 2015)
- Constructing a tunnel from Homebush to Haberfield (Stage 1: construction from mid-2016)
- Duplicating the M5 East (Stage 2: construction from 2016) and
- Constructing a tunnel between Haberfield and St Peters (Stage 3: construction from late 2018).
WestCONnex will mean:
Previously free roads will become toll ways. A return trip from Parramatta to the city will cost $14 in tolls if WestCONnex goes ahead and drivers will try to avoid them by speeding through local suburban streets instead.
Belching smoke stacks, truck diesel fumes, greater reliance on cars… Do we want to end up like Beijing, described as “barely suitable” for life as smog regularly blankets the city?
As with all new roads, WestCONnex will attract more traffic to the road network, particularly given that much existing public transport is at capacity. Only increased public transport relieves congestion over the long-term.
No New Public Transport
The estimated $11 billion to build WestCON will soak up all government funds that could otherwise be invested in sustainable public transport for all.
Destruction of Bushland and Parks
Important heritage bushland and local parks will be concreted over by WestCONnex. Let’s protect what little green and open space inner-west and south-western Sydney has left.
With the taxpayers’ funds slated for WestCONnex, the Government could instead build a second SydneyHarbour crossing, equalise all fares on the Airport rail line and build two more stops, fund light rail around ParramattaCity – and still have money left over. The Government is wasting money on building a transport network that doesn’t plan for current or future needs.
WestCONnex is more than just a toll road. It is also part of the Government’s plan to use proposed new planning legislation to increase density in our already overcrowded suburbs. New high-rise buildings in previously low-rise residential areas will spring up, with occupants and their cars swallowing any new road capacity WestConnex initially provides.
The towers planned for the Inner West – this is Ashfield and Five Dock
What does Landcom mean by its Parramatta Road Urban Renewal Portfolio?
Property developers, construction companies and toll road businesses will profit – but at what cost to our community’s future?
WestCONnex is not the future we want!
What do we want?
The future we want is a less congested and more accessible, amenable city.
- Let’s spend that $11 billion on a range of considered public transport alternatives that suit our changing travel preferences.
- Let’s free up the existing road network for business and people who need it.
- Let’s keep our local communities under local community control.
- Let’s aspire to overseas cities which have invested in public transport for all.
And let’s invest in public transport now, before unaffordable petrol and peak oil makes white elephants of new motorways.
We want politicians to listen to concerned citizens, independent transport experts and community groups.
What can you do?
- Does your local State politician support WestCONnex? Contact their office and let them know you don’t!
- Join one of the No WestCONnex action groups and get involved in the campaign.
- Follow developing events via Facebook – No WestConnex Public Transport
- Follow developing events via Twitter: @westconnex
- Receive the latest WestCONnex information and sign our petition at http://westconnex.info
Email us at info AT westconnex.info
Community meetings throughout Sydney enthusiastically passed the following motion “This public meeting rejects Westconnex and calls on Marrickville Council, all local councils on the route, and local Members of Parliament to run a fully-funded campaign against the Westconnex toll road.”
Start with this excellent report by Independent News site The Stringer By Lester Ranby.
“Sydney’s traffic is already the most congested in the nation. But traffic experts say the proposed WestConnex motorway, which is billed as Australia’s largest transport project, is going to make the city’s congestion even worse.“
Who are we?
NoW (NoWestConnex) Public Transport is a coalition of community groups working to protect our suburbs and environment and promote real solutions for active and public transport. Affiliated groups include Wolli Creek Preservation Society and EcoTransit. Other groups include WestCon Community Action Groups (Haberfield and Ashfield, and Concord and Strathfield chapters), and SaveAshfieldPark.