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Labor and Coalition motorway focus fails public transport solutions to Sydney gridlock

Media Release
Lee Rhiannon 5 Mar 2013

Greens federal transport spokesperson Senator Lee Rhiannon said the failure of both Labor and the Coalition to back extensive public transport solutions for Sydney's daily road gridlock, focusing on motorways instead, highlights how out of touch both party leaders are with the needs of the travelling public.

"Prime Minister Julia Gillard and opposition leader Tony Abbott are losers on transport planning," Senator Rhiannon said.

"The daily transport crisis Sydneysiders have to contend with is due to chronic underinvestment in rail and bus services, particularly in Greater Western Sydney.

"Labor and Coalition billion dollar promises for more Sydney motorways, if they were ever built, would add to the current heavy traffic congestion.

"This money should be earmarked for public transport solutions.

"Faster, safer, more reliable trains and buses is what people want.

"This is the way to way to relieve road congestion.

"Transport Minister Anthony Albanese's plan for a city motorway to provide a 'direct route' to the CBD would be a disaster.

"Once again Minister Albanese has reminded the public how close he is to the NSW Labor machine.

"Big infrastructure announcements were an old favourite of successive NSW Labor governments. Designed to give the appearance of a can-do government this pre-election ruse is wearing thin.

"Labor's 16 years in the NSW government is remembered as a time when new public transport projects and even basic maintenance were sidelined in successive budgets," Senator Rhiannon said.

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