A Federation is demolished this month to make way for WestConnex. Photo: Jessica Hromas Construction of WestConnex in Haberfield has intensified in recent months. Photo: Ben Rushton
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Just 12 per cent of NSW voters believe the $16.8 billion WestConnex motorway project will be a bad outcome for Sydney once it is completed in three stages over the next eight years, an exclusive Fairfax Media poll shows.

While the construction of the new motorway has been highly controversial in Sydney’s inner west, the poll of 1600 voters shows almost 48 per cent believe WestConnex will be good for the city. About 40 per cent of voters were undecided.

The results of the ReachTEL poll commissioned by Fairfax Media came as the state government confirmed that tolls will be reintroduced on a 7.5-kilometre section of the M4 in the first three months of next year following its widening as part of WestConnex.

Under the distance-based pricing for the project, motorists will be charged up to $4.21 for a one-way trip on that section of the M4.

The WestConnex project will also result in motorists having to pay directly for driving on what at present is the toll-free M5 East.

NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay conceded that motorists will attempt to use other roads to avoid charges on WestConnex in the early days of its opening.

“Certainly in the short term people will try to avoid tolls,” he told a budget estimates hearing on Monday.

However, Mr Gay said he believed the majority of motorists would eventually use the tolled motorway, as had been the case in the past for other roads which had charges applied.

While the Greens have campaigned strongly against WestConnex, the Fairfax poll shows 22 per cent of the party’s voters believe the project will be good, slightly more than those who take the contrary view at 17 per cent.

The poll also showed just 6 per cent of people aged between 18 and 34 do not think Australia’s largest motorway project will be good for Sydney, while 48 per cent believe it will and almost 46 per cent are undecided.

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