NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance dials back criticism of Transurban amid COVID-19 crisis

4/05/2020 10:01:00 AM

The NSW Transport Minister has wound back criticism of Transurban for increasing their prices, saying he doesn't want to go to war with the tolling giant.

NSW Transport Minister has wound back criticism of Transurban for increasing their prices, saying he doesn't want to go to war with the tolling giant | rabe9

The NSW Transport Minister has wound back criticism of Transurban for increasing their prices, saying he doesn't want to go to war with the tolling giant.

Larger text size Very large text size NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance has wound back criticism of Transurban for upping its prices during the coronavirus crisis, saying he doesn't want to go to war with the tolling giant given they will likely need to work together on future major road projects.NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro bows out of Eden-Monaro race 03/05/2020 | 4min As NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro is reportedly expected to declare he will not be running for the vacant seat of Eden-Monaro, Liberal Senator Jim Molan has told Sky News he’d “love to do it,” but has not yet made up his mind.Larger text size Very large text size NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro will not contest the key federal seat of Eden-Monaro, paving the way for the state's transport minister Andrew Constance to make the switch to national politics.From next weekend, real estate agents in New South Wales will once again be able to hold traditional property inspections and on-site auctions.

Mr Constance last month for going ahead with a quarterly increase on many of its toll roads across Sydney as thousands of workers were laid off, describing it as a "terrible look”.Transport Minister Andrew Constance has appeared to wind back criticism of tolling giant Transurban.Mr Molan said it would have been a “big call” for the Nationals to take its vote from seven per cent “up to a winning per cent anyhow”.Credit: He appeared to have walked back some of the condemnation in an interview with the Herald, prior to speculation he would contest the federal by-election for Eden-Monrao , where he spelled out the importance of the toll operator in progressing the state's multibillion-dollar infrastructure pipeline.Liberals who spoke to the Herald on condition of anonymity pointed to the weekend poll to argue Mr Barilaro could not win against Mr Constance."I want the government to have a very strong working partnership with the organisation into the future but at the same time you've got to balance that out with the immediate needs and the cost pressures that the community are under,” Mr Constance said.“This is going to be extraordinarily hard for the government, for the coalition, to win”.He added that current tensions would not affect potential transactions between the government and company in the future.“Choosing a home is one of the biggest decisions anybody makes and easing the restrictions to ensure people can more easily inspect, buy or rent a property is an important step for NSW,” Mr Perrottet said.

Advertisement "Our way of dealing with that is not to go to war with Transurban.Favourite.But the Liberals are urging Mr Constance to run on the basis of polling by research firm CT Group, formerly known as Crosby Textor, that shows a combination of his strong personal standing and wider support for the Morrison government." The government sold more than half of WestConnex to Transurban as part of a consortium in 2018, and has already commissioned a scoping study into the sale of the remaining 49 per cent.Meanwhile, the company is also eyeing the future Western Harbour Tunnel as a potential investment.NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance inside the new M4 tunnel last year.Liberals differed on the strength of the results, with one saying Mr Constance could have a two-party vote above 60 per cent but others dismissing this as unrealistically high.Credit: AAP "We're in a small pond in Australia in terms of options, I'm very concerned about the breadth and capacity that we will see in the post-pandemic world,” Mr Constance said.Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the measures were crucial in protecting people and slowing the rate of spread of COVID-19 in NSW.

However, he added that the tolling giant had not been hit as hard by the coronavirus shutdown as many other big businesses, and said the company should seriously consider what more they could do to assist motorists during the crisis.In an investor briefing on Monday, Transurban revealed it had suffered a 40 to 50 per cent reduction to traffic numbers on its Sydney tolls through late March and early April before numbers levelled out to a 36 per cent decline by the end of the month.Mr Constance has told colleagues he would like to "have a crack" at winning and is still considering whether to give up his state ministry and move to federal politics.The company also specified dates on the opening of the new M5 and NorthConnex to the first quarter of the 2020-21 financial year, having previously estimated they would be completed by the mid-2020 calendar year."I would've expected an even greater reduction than 40 per cent..Ms McBain declared her intention to run on Friday, with an endorsement from Labor leader Anthony Albanese.“If we want to keep as many people in jobs as possible and businesses in business it is important to follow the safety advice and not put others at risk,” Mr Perrottet said.

.given what else is happening across the economy.That is giving them a good basis to consider what might happen in three months time," Mr Constance said before the most recent update.Ms McBain did not name Mr Barilaro and skirted a question about his absence from the electorate during the early phase of the bushfires, when he was on holiday in Europe, but Labor tacticians are preparing to exploit the issue.Former WestConnex chairman Tony Shepherd said he understood the toll increases, as the company was under intense cashflow pressure, but added that the timing was poor."It's unfortunate timing, no doubt about that, I understand why they did it.Outdoor venues for auctions should be used.

Maybe I would have lessened the blow a little bit or staggered it, but they’ve got to survive and this is a difficult time," he said.Transurban group executive for NSW Michele Huey said the company had provided a three-month toll credit to “thousands” of essential workers, with an average saving of about $200."Support for businesses struggling to make ends meet has been extended and payments to small business suppliers have been sped up too," she said.Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance.Credit: Louise Kennerley Transurban chief executive Scott Charlton said the company was eyeing off potential investment opportunities with Australian governments post-pandemic as states look to invest billions in infrastructure to spur economic growth.

"We are preparing for the opportunity to invest in infrastructure to facilitate economic recovery and support communities and our clients," he said on Monday."We are not looking to be overly conservative." Mr Constance has previously said bringing forward major transport construction to helping the NSW economy recover from the COVID-19 economic crisis, despite some experts arguing a projected drop in population may change cost-benefit ratios of such projects.Transurban chief executive Scott Charlton says the company won't look to be too conservative post-pandemic.Credit: Wayne Taylor Mr Shepherd agreed with Mr Constance's "harder and faster" approach, saying the projects will create jobs and stimulate the economy.

He dismissed recommendations to reconsider the big builds as "short-sighted"."We've got to catch up, our quality of life has been diminished by this lack of investment," he said."We built the Sydney Harbour Bridge in the middle of the Great Depression." Transurban has contacted about four million drivers to let them know of the support measures.The company's toll credit is available to healthcare workers, emergency services personnel, aged and disability carers, and people who have lost their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Rabe9 AndrewConstance GladysB has created its own problem by allowing Transurban to increase tolls above CPI.Still in love with road tunnels although the writing is on the wall. Low oil prices mean that many oil companies will shut down raising the question whether they'll come back Rabe9 Transurban are the worst corporate citizens we have in Australia. Just a rapacious disgusting company

Rabe9 Scared of upsetting the donors and their mates. Grow some apples!!! Rabe9 Bro, aren't you retiring from politics

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