Review underway into Sydney’s toll road impact on cost of living

A review is underway into the impact of toll roads on the cost of living for Sydneysiders

The NSW government review will look at claims that the city’s toll road system is costly and confusing.

It will examine pricing inconsistencies, the cost of living impacts, and fairness and equity for road users.

Review by the NSW government into the impact of toll road costs to begin. (Wolter Peeters, The Sydney Morning Herald)

“Finally, we’ve got a bit of paper from the NSW government acknowledging what everybody already knows: toll roads are eating Sydney,” opposition leader Chris Minns said.

“A secret tax on families in Western Sydney.”

“The problems are there in black and white with this terms of reference of this review with the current toll system.”

The review is running alongside a parliamentary inquiry after the cost of tolls rose once again across the city on April 1.

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Minister for Transport David Elliott also acknowledged the issue posed to families facing the cost of growing tolls. 

“My electorate of Baulkham Hills is the highest tolled in the country, so yes I can see tolling is an issue,” Mr Elliott said. 

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A review has found inconsistencies in the cost of toll roads in Sydney. (Janie Barrett)

“I also acknowledge the only infrastructure that has been built has been by a Liberal Government.”

It’s hoped the review will lead to consistent toll pricing that addresses traffic concerns across Sydney.

In a statement, toll road provider Transurban said the value of motorways is more than just the cost of the toll, it includes improved safety, job creation and slashed travel times that boost productivity and reliability.

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