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Sydneysiders protest government's public transport plans, road tolls

Hundreds of people took to Sydney’s streets today to protest against the state of the city’s roads, trains and buses.

Unions and local community groups descending on the CBD with a litany of complaints – including ongoing problems with the rail system, the looming privatisation of the city’s bus network and major government transport projects including WestConnex and the Sydney Metro.

Many voiced concern over the billions of dollars of government money being ploughed into new road networks, which they save is coming at the expensive of improvements to public transport.

Hundreds of protesters marched through the Sydney CBD today. (9NEWS)Sydneysiders protest government's public transport plans, road tollsWestConnex was high on their list of complaints. (9NEWS)

“Stop the lies, the secrecy, the destruction – no T3 Metro,” one of the many signs being brandished read.

“In what other country in the world do you have to come out and demonstrate to have decent public transport?” one protester told 9NEWS.

“We couldn’t even get here by train today because the trains aren’t running to this station,” another said.

Others are concerned for endangered species which may be threatened by the extension of the F6 freeway south of Sydney, which involves clearing 60 hectares of land in the Royal National Park.

Sydneysiders protest government's public transport plans, road tollsPremier Gladys Berejiklian bore the brunt of the protester’s rage over the state of Sydney’s buses, trains and roads. (9NEWS)Sydneysiders protest government's public transport plans, road tollsMany of the unions and community groups voiced concern of the billions of dollars being poured into new road projects, while the public transport networks are understaffed and neglected. (9NEWS)

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The Rail, Tram & Bus Union (RTBU)’s State Secretary, Alex Claassens, attended the rally, which was coincidentally followed down the road by a convoy of Sydney buses.

“The Minister just has stopped listening to the people of New South Wales,” Mr Claassens told 9NEWS.

But Premier Gladys Berejiklian – who bore the brunt of many of the protesters’ anger – is standing by the government’s record, saying major roadwork is necessary for the state.

“Why would you even think of putting off a project which reduces congestion?

It just doesn’t make sense” she said of the WestConnex project – a 33 kilometre mainly-underground motorway currently under construction.

The project aims to connect Sydney’s western suburbs to the city and inner west, but has attracted heavy criticism over planned toll hikes, pollution from smoke stacks and the lack of a direct connection to Sydney Airport.

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