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Road to ruin: transport woes to worsen as population booms

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The outlook for Sydney comes as no surprise (''Sydney faces traffic crunch'', August 13).

Our city is being destroyed by the governance of the Liberal government; aided and abetted by a weak Labor opposition; alloying money politics to dictate the future of this state.

We, the taxpayers, have been locked out from scrutinising major projects like WestConnex.

The best they can do now is to inject major funding for ICAC to bring this band of gypsies to account. - Sandra Langtree, Lilyfield

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Surprise, surprise! Infrastructure Australia is recommending an ongoing infrastructure build to cope with the deliberate exponential population growth.

When will the congestion and disruption from the build ever end? Time to break open the emergency exponential-function instruction booklet. - Ray Johnson, Bondi Beach

Spending on road building alone does not, and cannot, fix our road transport problems.

We are currently spending $50 billion on WestConnex to build more induced demand.

A very expensive non-solution. - Carmen Jarrett, Leichhardt

Your editorial calls for “creative” solutions in the battle against congestion (''Creative solutions are needed to bust congestion'', August 13).

How about we remove all decision-making from the procession of talking haircuts masquerading as transport ministers and appoint independent experts. - Phil Bradshaw, Naremburn

Unfortunately, NSW has missed the bus ('' 'Crush capacity' warning for buses'', August 13).

Public transport will never be able to cope with the demand from an ever expanding population.

High-rise has replaced single dwellings and improving the road system is, at best, a temporary Band-Aid solution.

Our only hope is decentralisation of the workforce and that seems a forlorn hope. - Denis Suttling, Newport Beach

It is a paradox, but if everyone took the bus, it would be quicker than having everyone drive. - Ben Aveling, Alexandria

With crush capacity on trains defined as six standing for every 10 seated, that is 37.5 per cent standing, how does the government justify building Metro carriages which carry 19 standing passengers for every 10 seated?

It is a ''double crushie'', or slushie without the ice, guaranteed to melt, with delightful fragrance in a
35-minute endurance trip as we get into summer. - Terry O'Brien, North Parramatta

Infrastructure Australia’s call to stop urban sprawl is like water off a duck’s back.

The NSW government’s proposal to raise Warragamba Dam is solely to allow urban sprawl on the Hawkesbury-Nepean floodplain. With the government being mindlessly driven by developer interests what hope is there of Sydney remaining a livable city? - Ian Ferrier, Paddington

If the NSW government is serious about fixing Sydney’s gridlock, they would commit to building a new metro station at Green Square.

Already one of the most densely populated parts of our city, there will be more than 30,000 new dwellings added to Green Square, Rosebery and Victoria Park Parade over coming years.

The existing rail station at Green Square and bus services in the local area are seriously over capacity. Often residents aren’t able to board trains or buses because they are completely full. The situation is so bad that the entrance to Green Square rail station is regularly cordoned off due to........

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