Action for Public Transport (N.S.W.) Inc.

 P O Box K606
 Haymarket NSW 1240
 16 October 2017

SSI 16-7485 WestConnex M4-M5 Link

Submission on EIS

Action for Public Transport (NSW) is a transport advocacy group active in Sydney since 1974. We promote the interests of beneficiaries of public transport - both of passengers and the wider community. We make this submission on the Environmental Impact Statement dated August 2017 for the WestConnex stage 3 M4-M5 link.


We note the following flaws in the EIS:

While it is pleasing that the EIS claims to recognise induced traffic, there is no acknowledgement that the attempt to clear congestion is self-defeating. The 2015 Project Overview on Westconnex's "New M5" candidly acknowledged (page 9) that the "old" M5 East was congested within just six months of its opening in 2001, and now experiences the slowest typical travel speeds of any of Sydney's main motorways.


We do not think that the EIS proposal can be justified.


We recommend that the EIS be rejected.

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