Coalition pledge $1.5b towards M4 East project
The Coalition has pledged to address one of Sydney's most critical infrastructure issues - the M4 East motorway.
Extension of the M4 East has been a delayed venture of both the state and federal governments for years - remaining one of the top concerns facing New South Wales.
The opposition leader Tony Abbott said in a statement released on Saturday (June 30) that under a Coalition government, the desperately needed M4 East project would finally become a reality.
"The M4 East is a key missing link in Sydney's road infrastructure - and is long overdue," Mr Abbott said.
"Unlike Labor, we will keep our word on the M4 East. Labor had set aside $300 million for planning the M4 East , but in 2011-12 the government diverted $270 million elsewhere."
The Coalition's commitment to the project is likely to be welcomed by Sydneysiders who live in residential property in the western suburbs - with a much-needed ease in the region's traffic congestion.
Duncan Gay, New South Wales roads minister, told Macquarie Radio that the "horrific" congestion along Parramatta Road would be relieved with the M4 East project delivery.
"It would be so good for the community and commuters on a daily basis, the sort of things that need to be removed from the road, the fixing of congestion that's just horrific," he informed the radio station on Saturday.