Fairfield calls for fast train and annual toll pass

Published Friday, 31st March 2017

M4 Toll sign

Fairfield City Council is advocating for a fast train alongside the M7 and other motorways and the need to establish an annual pass for frequent users of motorways, to reduce the strain on long-suffering commuters.

Mayor of Fairfield City Frank Carbone said a fast train and motorway pass would help address the large burden and inequity on workers using tolls daily.

“I know how much money and time residents in Western and South West Sydney spend on motorways to get to work,” Mayor Carbone said.

“Getting to work every day cost families, thousands of dollars every year.

“Almost 60 per cent of our residents travel outside our City daily, with the majority travelling to the Sydney CBD, Parramatta and Liverpool. There is a need for better north-south connections. 

“That’s why Fairfield City Council is advocating to the State and Federal Governments for a fast train along the M7 corridor linking cities such as Fairfield, Liverpool and Campbelltown to the proposed fast train between Sydney and Parramatta and the future rail link to the Western Sydney Airport would meet that need.

“We understand that a rail line along the M7 would take years to plan and build, so in the interim we are asking that an annual pass with discounted and capped fees be established. 

“The annual motorway pass would discount and cap fees to reduce the cost burden for South Western and Western Sydney motorists who use motorways every day to get to work.

“Tolls on the M7 continue to go up and tolls will soon be reintroduced on the M4. This cost is unfairly borne by families in South Western and Western Sydney, costing families thousands of dollars a year.”

Council will write to the Federal and State Governments and local Members asking them to build a fast train connection alongside the M7 and to introduce a discounted capped annual pass for motorways.