WestConnex: Q&As

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  1. Isn’t WestConnex a done deal? 
  2. I’m a tradesperson and I want WestConnex as it will make my work easier.
  3. What are the benefits for business and residents in Sydney to reject major road projects like WestConnex and embrace better modes of transport?
  4. Is the City of Sydney supportive of Western Sydney Airport? 
  5. By not going ahead with Stage 3, will traffic be dumped onto the local road network in Rozelle?
  6. Haberfield is being obliterated and already experiencing traffic issues, the City’s proposal will increase traffic problems for our suburb.
  7. The City says St Peters Interchange is not necessary, but it is part of Stage 2 and Stage 2 is already approved. 
  8. Wasn’t it the City’s plan all along to build housing for 13,000 people on the land taken back from Sydney Park for the St Peters Interchange?
  9. The Government’s proposal was going to make it easier for me to get my children to school in the Inner West.
  10. Does the City of Sydney’s proposal protect King st, Newtown? 
  11. I travel regularly from the Inner West to the City - how will the City of Sydney’s proposal reduce congestion?
  12. Aren’t we just shifting the problem from one area to another?
  13. Will the City of Sydney’s proposal make traffic worse on Gardeners Road?
  14. There are huge transport problems in Green Square - why not fix that problem?
  15. I live in the Inner West - will I have to pay tolls on the NSW Governments’ proposed WestConnex? 
  16. Should there be a Metro Station for Alexandria?
  17. The Government recently announced a Stage 4 and Stage 5 of WestConnex. 

 

Q. Isn’t WestConnex a done deal? 

There is still opportunity for the NSW Government to shift its course. The design of Stage 3 is not finalized nor is it necessary to build a dangerously long, underground tunnel and complex underground interchange at Rozelle. 

Stage 4 has not been designed yet and Stage 3 does not have an Environmental Impact Study. Stage 4 will also be extremely difficult to build due to the depth of sediment on the bottom of that section of Sydney Harbour and the consequent depth the tunnel will have to go.

There is no sale deed, and currently the only shareholders are NSW Government Ministers.

Q. I’m a tradesperson and I want WestConnex as it will make my work easier.

The City’s proposal aims to reduce unnecessary commuter car traffic across the road networks servicing the City, so that trades people, service providers and deliveries can take place with less congestion.

Q. What are the benefits for business and residents in Sydney to reject major road projects like WestConnex and embrace better modes of transport?

Having a livable city is critical to business, residents and the million people a day who come to work and play here.

People invest in cities that are walkable, that are easy for employees to get to and from work and are affordable to access.  By dramatically reversing the long term trend of less traffic in the CBD and on major approaches to the city, WestConnex reduces amenity and makes the commute for people using buses far worse.

From the west, Anzac Bridge is expected to fail completely, and from the south and east it is predicted that all approaches to the city will become gridlocked during peak times.

The main west rail link, which carries 90 per cent of people from the west who work in the city will be at full capacity before WestConnex is built. If people from the west are forced to drive the cost including parking will be more than double public transport and door to door times are likely to be slower.

Residents in central in areas like Alexandria, Green Square, Harold Park and Ashmore will find that even their short commutes to the city are near impossible due to the additional traffic. With no meaningful increase in rail capacity, the expected local traffic increases combined with WestConnex traffic will make driving near impossible.

Q. Is the City of Sydney supportive of Western Sydney Airport? 

For 2.5 million local people living in Sydney’s west, a local airport provides an opportunity for the community to travel to the rest of Australia and the world without having to travel all the way out to Sydney Airport. 

The congestion on the roads leading to Kingsford Smith airport were the original reason that the NSW Government gave to justify building WestConnex.

With the investment being made in road connections to the proposed western Sydney airport, the benefit of having road connections to the old airport is seriously undermined.

Q. By not going ahead with Stage 3, will traffic be dumped onto the local road network in Rozelle?

The City’s proposal diverts traffic long before it reaches Rozelle.

The proposal for WestConnex put forward by the NSW Governments predicts that the tunnel will be at traffic capacity in 8 years after construction. Additionally, it will increase traffic on Parramatta road by 20 percent. At this point, drivers will start using the surface road because it runs to a congestion point on Anzac Bridge. This will make traffic around Rozelle worse, not improve it. This is why Stage 3 must be abandoned.  

Q. Haberfield is being obliterated and already experiencing traffic issues, the City’s proposal will increase traffic problems for our suburb.

The City proposal diverts as much traffic as possible down King Georges road towards Port Botany.

The Rozelle interchange will bring traffic from the north, north west, south west and west to the City West Link, not just the WestConnex, since WestConnex takes people away from local destinations.

Q. The City says St Peters Interchange is not necessary, but it is part of Stage 2 and Stage 2 is already approved. 

This is correct. The Government can make a decision to stop the construction of the St Peters Interchange at this early point of construction.

It is important to note that while Stage 2 is approved, the St Peters interchange is being built to accommodate Stage 3 and Stage 5 (the F6 Southern Connector), neither of which have even been designed, or received approval.  

Q. Wasn’t it the City’s plan all along to build housing for 13,000 people on the land taken back from Sydney Park for the St Peters Interchange?

It was not. The City is building community facilities at Sydney Park and would not use Sydney Park for housing.

The City has suggested placing residential homes on the land acquired for St Peters Interchange as it has been remediated and could therefore provide 1,000 affordable accommodation spaces and housing for another 12,000 people.

Q. The Government’s proposal was going to make it easier for me to get my children to school in the Inner West.

Nothing about the NSW Government’s WestConnex proposal would make it quicker for you to travel quicker through Newtown, Erskineville, Alexandria or Redfern.  With Stages 2, 3 and 5 vastly increasing traffic numbers beyond that which would have already occurred with population growth, the competition for any road space will greatly intensify.  

Q. Does the City of Sydney’s proposal protect King st, Newtown? 

The City is lobbying the NSW Government to prevent the doubling of traffic that is predicted for King Street in Newtown over the coming years by promoting the King Street Gateway. We are working with Inner West Council and other stakeholders to get the best plan and will push for the best outcome.

It is very important to ensure that the NSW Government keeps its promise to create the King St Gateway and protect this important, bustling area from grid lock.

Q. I travel regularly from the Inner West to the City - how will the City of Sydney’s proposal reduce congestion?

It will greatly reduce the need for cars to travel to the inner west and congest local streets.

The proposal for WestConnex from the NSW Governments doubles the volumes of traffic being dumped onto local roads.

Q. Aren’t we just shifting the problem from one area to another?

The City’s proposal achieves the objectives that the governments’ proposal does not – it reduces traffic, provides more public transport options and presents a solution to congestion. 

The City’s proposal does move the areas of construction, but with significantly smaller impacts, improving local amenity and using the existing networks without demolishing local amenity.

The City’s proposal makes use of existing roads that have already affected communities, but also aims to take more people off the roads by providing viable alternatives for the 60 per cent of road users that are predicted by WestConnex to be commuters.  That means we could make those existing roads more tolerable.

Q. Will the City of Sydney’s proposal make traffic worse on Gardeners Road?

No, the City’s proposal does not.  We believe the State Government should invest heavily in making Gardeners Road work far more efficiently, as the St Peters interchange will have a direct link to Gardeners Road, but no detailed plan to upgrade Gardeners Rd has been released to date.  

Q. There are huge transport problems in Green Square - why not fix that problem?

WestConnex will effectively trap people in Green Square, making it very difficult for buses to get in and out. 

It is an ongoing priority of the City to make sure the NSW Government delivers Green Square residents effective transport services. We believe that a single rail line on one edge of Green Square, coupled with few trains and extra bus routes are insufficient for such a densely populated area.

The City of Sydney successfully lobbied the government to get a doubling of bus services through Green Square. We spent $40m on land for a transport corridor through Green Square. The NSW Minister for Transport had previously said the Government would build a light rail station at Green Square, but has since reneged.

The issue of public transport provision is a state government responsibility and we encourage you to help our efforts and write to the NSW Premier and request reliable, frequent and affordable public transport be provided for Green Square.

Q. I live in the Inner West - will I have to pay tolls on the NSW Governments’ proposed WestConnex? 

Anyone who uses WestConnex will be tolled at least once. It would be far better for people to use public transport where possible.

Q. Should there be a Metro Station for Alexandria?

The Lord Mayor has continually ordered a metro station for Alexandria, but it is a decision for the Premier, and we encourage you to write to the NSW Premier and request that a Metro Station be built at Alexandria. 

Q. The Government recently announced a Stage 4 and Stage 5 of WestConnex. 

By calling the Western Harbour Tunnel Stage 4 of WestConnex, the NSW Government has reinforced the City of Sydney’s estimates that the total costs of WestConnex will exceed the stated budget of $16.8billion. It is more likely to cost in excess of $45 billion.