“Toll mania” fleeces NSW motorists

It’s “toll mania” with Sydney motorists facing more hefty charges from this weekend, with drivers on the new M8 tunnel facing tolls of $6.95 per trip, and the existing M5 East costing $6.95 per trip for the first time.

As we know, Sydney’s toll road network is the most expensive and extensive in the world, as reported by the ABC last year:

…transport experts have given the city the dubious honour of having the most extensive — and expensive — urban toll road network in the world.

Sydney has nine toll roads that include a total of 15 toll points, and will soon have even more when motorways under construction are completed.

Currently, motorists are charged when driving on the:

  • M2
  • new M4 WestConnex
  • M5
  • M7
  • M4
  • Eastern Distributor
  • Cross-City Tunnel
  • Lane Cove Tunnel
  • Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • Sydney Harbour Tunnel

There will be at least six additional tolls between now and 2023 upon completion of the:

  • M4 tunnels
  • M5 (from Beverly Hills to St Peters)
  • M5 East (Beverly Hills to General Holmes Drive)
  • M4-M5 link
  • NorthConnex

“In terms of the kilometres of tolls in the urban area, Sydney has the most in the world,” said Chinh Ho, senior lecturer with the Institute of Transport Logistics Studies at the University of Sydney.

“We have an expensive network of toll roads…

This is Australia’s population ponzi economy in action. It’s a model of growth where corporate Australia privatises the gains from mass immigration and socialises the costs on everyone else.

Ordinary residents are fleeced with giant private taxes in order to fatten the ‘growth lobby’s’ wallet, in this case Transurban.

And it is only going to get worse if our two biggest cities are allowed to double in size to around 10 million people by 2066, as projected by the ABS:

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  1. SnappedUpSavvyMEMBER

    all the roads through Hurstville Rockdale, Wolli creek etc are going to be gridlocked, who’s going to pay 7 bucks a trip! that’s just insane

    • Yeah assuming a daily commute to and from work on just one road you’re looking at about $3500pa. Makes WFH look more and more attractive, eh?

    • Cookie Cutter

      they will rip up those roads to a single lane – they did it on Epping road when they opened Lane Cove tunnel.

    • billygoatMEMBER

      Folk are mentally imprisoned.
      Every Australian driver should cancel credit card associated with troll provider and drive on troll road. Not a care in the world. No physical barriers. Return troll mail to sender. Rinse repeat. Why do you think they went from being FREE ways to TOLL roads …. right of passage… common law

      • except in many instances, those private toll road operators are afforded the ability to recover their profits via state debt recovery agencies. Don’t pay Trans-urban their private profits, the full force of public institutions will be used to recover it. Take QLD’s SPER for example: drivers license suspension, fine collection from wages and bank accounts, seizure of property and clamping of your vehicle.

  2. I think as we go deep into this depression the government will take ownership of toll roads, port, rail airports
    They will need the $ to pay all their debts

    • DominicMEMBER

      I think you could be onto something here. People were squeezed from every angle before Covid and economic slide. Soon the SWHTF and no one will pay these absurd tolls. As long as the existing shareholders are wiped off the face of the map I’m good.

    • That is the Cross City Tunnel. The original equity holders lost all their money. The Govt had considered buying it and making it free to alleviate issues with construction of the light rail down George Street before then reselling it. Instead, I think Transurban just snapped it up.

  3. Good. Sydney is a festering diverse cancer.

    Quadruple those tolls. There are only benefits.

  4. DominicMEMBER

    “Ordinary residents are fleeced with giant private taxes …”

    How about giant public taxes?

    • Nope. Those are good. With those we can subsidise the loss making landlords/specufestors. And private schools, too.

    • Cookie Cutter

      As a motorist you are already taxed 46c a litre – which is meant to pay for roads.

      • DominicMEMBER

        You need to understand that the Gubmint will never stop trying to squeeze ‘just one last drop of blood’ from the stone.

  5. Longer term I think self driving cars are a negative for Transurban. They will know the traffic conditions and will be able to optimise routes to potentially avoid tolls.

    You would have the save 4 minutes or pay $5 option.

    • drsmithyMEMBER

      You’ve been able to do that already for years with any vaguely capable GPS or smartphone.

      And the difference will be a lot more than a few minutes.

  6. But, but, think of the put-upon BBs who put all their hard-earned into TCL chasing franking credits 🙁 Pity they did not check on the sources of cash-flow.
    Macquarie Bank investing 101

  7. I think we’ll reach 10m a lot earlier with Scott Morrison likely to open the border to 7.5million Hong Kong residents.