Tens of millions of dollars generated from the Sydney Harbour Bridge and tunnel would be diverted to tolling relief for drivers under a NSW Labor government.
As part of his budget reply on Thursday, Opposition Leader Chris Minns will call for both harbour crossings to remain in public hands ahead of the tolling concession for the tunnel expiring in August this year.
Minns is also expected to announce Labor’s intention to build half of all transport rolling stock in NSW by the end of the next term of government.
“I’m proud to announce that this will be my first premier’s priority if I have the privilege of forming government next March,” Minns said.
“I want to be clear, this will not happen overnight, but I back NSW-made, and I am determined to get the ball rolling.”
Minns referenced the move by the Andrews government in Victoria to establish a local manufacturing target, which he said had supported 40,000 local jobs since 2014.
“NSW has a proud history of building in NSW. I want to bring that back but it requires the will and the belief that we can do this right here in NSW,” Minns said.
The opposition, which has seized on cost of living pressures before the 2023 election, expects the harbour crossing policy to generate an extra $130 million in tolling relief for Sydney’s drivers.