Greens MP and transport spokesperson Cate Faehrmann says today’s NSW Auditor General’s report on transport and ports is a dire warning about the ability of the state’s transport system to meet future needs.
“The Auditor General’s findings should be taken as a dire warning to the NSW Government – invest in public transport now or the future economy will suffer dearly,” said Ms Faehrmann.
“It’s also clear that current management systems and planning leave a lot to be desired. The O’Farrell government must set and meet ambitious targets for shifting more goods and people by rail. This is about having the political will to shift investment priorities.
“One rail project and a few dual carriageway upgrades simply aren’t going to cut it in terms of fixing transport in NSW. We need a commitment to overhaul the public transport and freight networks within a decade or the consequences will be severe.
“Crowding on trains, slower travel speeds, passengers left stranded and successive infrastructure delays and failures – these are all frustrating but will be of no surprise to Sydney commuters.
“What’s coming down the line for transport in NSW is bleak. The NSW Government has no plan for oil depletion and still favours toll roads over rail.
“Commuters don’t want to hear governments crying poor. You don’t have to be an economist to know that the longer we wait the more expensive it will be to fix the system,” said Ms Faehrmann.
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