Hills MPs and councillors have dismissed the criticisms leveled at the North West Rail Link in newspapers as unjustified.
Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott said time was not the only saving considered under the rail link.
“Commuting to the major business precincts by either bus or train can save commuters up to $100 a week.” Mr Elliott said.
Member for Castle Hill Dominic Perrottet said that public transport improvements were slowly being recognised by the community.
“”Distance based tolling will ensure a fairer tolling system.” Mr Perrottet said.
Both Mr Elliott and Mr Perrottet endorsed the proposal for distance tolling.
“Distance based tolling makes good economic sense will provide better equity for Hills commuters travelling to Chatswood and Macquarie Park.” Mr Elliott said.
“Hills motorists should not be forced to pay excessive tolls while those who use the M5 pay almost zero, and distance based tolling will ensure a fairer tolling system.” Mr Perrottet said.
Hills Shire Deputy Mayor Michelle Byrne said that council had recognised the efforts being put into public transport by the NSW Government and had committed to providing the necessary support for the rail link.
“Extra commuter parking will help facilitate increased public transport use and that will be a priority for the new council.” Ms Byrne said.