The Government promised to deliver a direct route to the Port and to reduce congestion. What they’re delivering is a road that dumps freight at St Peters seven kilometres away from Port Botany and makes tens of thousands of cars compete on already congested roads like the Anzac Bridge, the Western Distributor and within the CBD. Under this government WestConnex has become a road to gridlock.
We have designed an alternative proposal, developed by expert transport planners, based on the original design for the project – it offers a direct route for western Sydney drivers to the Port and Airport, saves NSW taxpayers billions of dollars, reduces congestion and removes the need for expensive new tolls.
The City recommends the NSW Government could instead:
- Shift car demand onto public transport by bringing forward Sydney Metro West, removing station access fees on the airport train line, pricing road access to airport car parks and bringing forward Badgerys Creek Airport.
- Upgrade the A3 connection between the M4 at Homebush and the M5 at Canterbury to stop trucks travelling to Port Botany via Rozelle and St Peters.
- Connect the City West link to the Eastern Distributor via the Cross City Tunnel.
- Align the new M5 and gateway project to directly connect Port Botany and Sydney Airport. Create a new M5 connection to the Eastern Distributor to better distribute demand and manage existing congestion, which would complete a city ring road.
These alternative solutions (see map above) mean the St Peters interchange site would no longer be needed and could be developed, providing housing close to our city.