The mayor of the Inner West Council in Sydney is calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the Rozelle Interchange and WestConnex, following a plague of issues.
Mayor Darcy Byrne says the inquiry should investigate “who knew what and when about the design of this infrastructure disaster”.
“One week since the return of schools and peak traffic it’s now clear that the traffic chaos at the Rozelle Interchange is permanent and caused by a defective design,” Byrne said.
“For years we warned that this would be a tunnel to a traffic jam and it’s now obvious to all that we were right.”
According to Byrne, Transport for NSW needs to do more to mitigate the unacceptable impacts of the Rozelle Interchange.
“Everyone can see that the problem is structural and commuters are stuck with a piece of motorway infrastructure that makes traffic worse, not better.
“The parliament must investigate who is responsible for the disastrous design flaws in WestConnex.”
Byrne believes the investigation should include the role of former government ministers in the approval of the interchange as well as the outsized power and influence of Transurban over traffic flows around WestConnex.
“It’s time for everyone to admit that this interchange is one of the most costly and disruptive mistakes in the history of Sydney’s motorway network and those responsible must be held to account,” Byrne added.
He has also continued his calls for Transport for NSW and Transurban to do more to relieve congestion on Victoria Road.
“Transport for NSW and Transurban are still not acting urgently enough to mitigate this disaster,” Byrne said.
“The release of daily travel time data is needed to show what mitigations are working but that information is still being held back from the public.
“Installing clear signage directing drivers to the free tunnel between the Iron Cove and ANZAC Bridges should have happened months ago.
“Consideration of moving the bus lane on Victoria Road to the kerbside lane should also have happened before now.”