With a $17bn price tag, the Government can’t afford to get this one wrong. The WestConnex EIS released yesterday by the NSW Government shows that the $17bn WestConnex is the most expensive traffic jam in Australia’s History.
Contained on page viii of the ‘New M5’ Environmental Impact Statement’s Executive summary is the traffic modelling which the Government is relying on the validate the entire WestConnex Project.
Yet this traffic modelling, by AECOM, an engineering firm who recently had to pay $280 million to settle a lawsuit for a similar project (see) shows traffic can be expected to improve in the St Peters area by as much as 30 seconds to one minute during peak hours.
The situation doesn’t improve for commuters relying on bus travel, with a number of services expected to see a 20% or more increase in travel times.
Roads in the St Peters/Alexandria community are already in a perpetual state of traffic gridlock.
This is the most expensive traffic jam in the country’s history.The Government is wasting $17bn on turning our local roads into glorified parking lots.
Spending $17bn of taxpayer money to improve commute times by 30 seconds isn’t just irresponsible it’s idiotic.The fact that bus services will experience delays of 20% or more is just beyond belief. At least the Government is consistent about they handle major infrastructure projects.
This is what happens when a Government outsources its responsibilities to investment bankers. This document highlights the true incompetence of the Liberal Government