LETTER: Statements take toll
RECENT public comments, made by Newcastle City Councillor Tim Crakanthorp, suggesting the NSW government is considering introducing a toll on the M1 were both inaccurate and deliberately misleading.
The process to rename the F3 the M1 began many years ago under a Labor government, as part of national harmonisation in order to bring NSW in line with other states. It was the correct decision and the O’Farrell government has merely overseen the final stages of the renaming since coming to office.
Anticipating some level of driver concern at the time of the change, Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) clarified the situation immediately, stating: ‘‘Just because a route is marked as a ‘M’ or motorway, it does not mean road users will need to pay additional or new tolls.
‘‘Not all motorways are tolled roads. The new alpha-numeric road numbering system will have NO impact on the current toll arrangements on the NSW road network,’’ RMS stated.
This information is still easy to find on the RMS website if Cr Crakanthorp had bothered to look before speaking on this issue.
Moreover, the $15million price tag he has repeatedly applied to the renaming is a distortion of the facts; $15million was the cost of name changes across the entire state and not just the M1 as he would like you to believe.
Member for Newcastle