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Toll Testing To Start on M4 Motorway as Part of WestConnex

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If you’re travelling along the M4 motorway this week you may notice that your e-tags will be beeping on the 4, although you won’t be paying to use the road just yet.

You soon could be paying to travel along the M4 Motorway after a toll testing trial that starts this week.

The testing starts on the widened motorway between Parramatta and Homebush on Tuesday morning and the state government has advised motorists to not pay attention to the beep.

The beep could be real by next year with motorists expected to pay u to $4.21 to use the 7.5km section of the road.

The test will take place over several months between 10am and 3pm. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/toll-testing-is-set-to-start-on-m4-motorway-as-part-of-westconnex-20160307-gncctj.html#ixzz4A9h1M7AT

 

 

M5Traffic Set to Ease as New Lanes Opened

m5We all know the M5 traffic is a nightmare but with the first stage of the M5 West Widening Project opening soon, motorists will hopefully get a reprieve from the heavy traffic.

The first stage of the $400 million project opens in a fortnight, New South Wales Premier Mike Baird and Roads Minister Duncan Gay announced recently, hopefully getting road-users home earlier.

They say the extra third lane in sections of east and westbound carriageways will boost the capacity of the M5 West by 50 per cent, so people will have to spend less time stuck in traffic.

The project is now 80 per cent complete, according to Mr Baird and is already expected to cut down travel times.

Find out more at http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/south-west/m5-traffic-to-be-eased-with-opening-of-new-lanes-in-both-directions/news-story/75257563ef87afdfb17acde1a2b04316

WestConnex Stage 2 Approved – Greens Call for Civil Uproar

westconnexThe Greens have called for public protest following the approval of the second stage of West Connex.

Construction is expected to start within a few weeks on the tunnels and spaghetti junction of motorway ramps in Sydney’s inner west. The Baird Government recently approved the second stage of the $16.8 billion road project but not everyone is happy about it.

Once the decision was announced, the Greens labelled the planning process a sham and have called for civil disobedience to put a stop to it.

The Greens have called for civil disobedience, saying that the time to act is now.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/green-light-for-westconnex-second-stage-as-protesters-occupy-planning-offices-20160421-gobstz.html#ixzz4A9cLWNm9

Safety Expert Says Limit Car Speeds

slow downRoad safety expert and co-author of a South Australian road safety study has called for vehicle speed limiting across the board.

Craig Kloeden, research fellow at the University of Adelaide said he was in favour of speed limiting vehicles including cars. He says limiting cars with very high speeds would be best for safety, particularly on rural roads.

He has called for the reduction of speed limits on the state’s rural roads from 110 to 100km/h. The most effective way to minimise injuries due to car crashes is to reduce speed limits.

Find out more at: http://www.motoring.com.au/limit-cars-speeds-safety-expert-51479/

Increase in M5 South West Motorway Toll

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Photo source: TheLeader.com.au

On the M5 South West Motorway, the car and motorcycle toll has risen by $0.01 as of 1 April 2016, with the heavy vehicle toll rising $0.50.

The toll will now cost :

  • for class 2 vehicles- cars and motorcycles: $4.50
  • for class 4 vehicles – heavy vehicles: $12.57

There are cash backs available for eligible NSW residents. Find out if you’re eligible here.

Source: http://m5motorway.com.au/corporate/news/detail/quarterly-price-increase

Big Improvement in Traffic on The M5

finished m5According to analysis, average speed between Mascot and Casula using the M5 west and M5 East Motorways has increased to 72km/h from 51km/h in 2013 in the peak afternoon traffic. The morning traffic speed increased from 54km/h to 65km/h.

Across most Sydney roads traffic is mounting with slower trips and longer peak periods being experienced.

The M5 South-West widening on the other hand has led to a 40 per cent rise in average speed in the peak afternoon traffic and a 20 per cent increase in the morning.

Source: http://m5motorway.com.au/corporate/news/detail/biggest-improvement-on-m5

 

How to Drive Safely in a Tunnel

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Photo source: TheLeader.com.au

The WestConnex has a number of tunnels along its routes to help ease congestion but some people aren’t comfortable driving in tunnels. Here is some advice for driving safely in a tunnel,

  1. When entering turn on your headlights, take off your sunglasses, keep a safe following distance and if possible avoid changing lanes.
  2. Obey the signs including speed limit.
  3. Avoid sudden braking if possible.
  4. Don’t enter the tunnel if you’re running low on fuel or don’t have a spare tyre.

Go to http://www.tmr.qld.gov.au/safety/driver-guide/tunnel-safety.aspx for more avice.

Pay in Advance for Trips Along M5 South-West Motorway

m5 westIf you’ll be travelling along the M5 South-West Motorway in Sydney, it’s best to arrange payment beforehand or at least 3 days after your first trip on the motorway.

Keep in mind that no cash booths are present along the motorway, so payment at the time will not be possible.

If you do not arrange payment, you will be forwarded a notice to pay toll which will also include an administration fee.

Find out all you need to know about payment here.