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WestConnex raises more questions than answers

To claim that the “St Peters area is serviced by the Bankstown and Airport lines” is bizarre. Anyone with the slightest familiarity with the area will know that the Airport railway line doesn’t go anywhere near St Peters. The Inner West & South Line and the Eastern Suburbs & Illawarra Line go past St Peters, but have not had scheduled stops there since the early 1990s.

It’s all well and good to say that the WDA thinks Sydney Park is important or that they will at some point talk to local councils, but that commitment hasn’t been translated into actions. Is Mr Cliche hinting that the WDA might not carve into Sydney Park, or that they might use leftover land from the St Peters Tip to extend Sydney Park, or that there is a secret plan to build not just a tollway, but a cycleway as well? If so, let’s see the details.

What do we gain and what do we lose? What is the real impact on our park, our streets, our air and our children’s health? What are the forecast traffic volumes? Will clearways be required? What is the forecast profit or loss? Are there better things we could do with 15 billion dollars?

Sydney has a poor track record when it comes to tunnels. So far, this debate has produced more questions than answers. If WestConnex is such a good thing, the WDA should release the business case and all the modelling now.

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