$10 million funding to help ease congestion on M4 Motorway

Last week’s Federal Budget allocated $10 million to develop a Smart Technology trial for the M4 (Western Motorway).

Federal Member for Chifley, Ed Husic welcomed this investment in Western Sydney road infrastructure.

The Smart Technology trial aims to improve safety and prevent congestion and flow break down using ramp metering and widening the road at key bottlenecks.

“Motorists from Blacktown, Mt Druitt and beyond know only too well the frustration of trying to get to and from work each day using the M4” Mr Husic said.

“I’m certain that they’ll be happy that the M4 has been identified as a priority.”

The trial is being developed by Infrastructure Australia to test a managed motorway system that includes ramp metering and freight prioritisation.

“This sort of investment in newer technologies will make our city more sustainable by reducing fuel consumption and pollutants being emitted.”

Responding to comments made by the Opposition, suggesting that $270 million was being diverted from the M4 to upgrade the Pacific Highway, Mr Husic said, “that’s an appalling suggestion.”

“Senator Payne should get her facts straight before attempting to use funding for the Pacific Highway and M4 as a political football.”

“The transfer in funding allocation was agreed to by the O’Farrell Government because the M4 East extension was still some way off being ready to commence.”

“Lets not forget how many lives have been lost on the Pacific Highway and that  investment in that road has grown from $1.3 billion under the Howard government to $4.1 billion under Labor.”
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Ed Husic MP
Federal Labor Member for Chifley


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