M5 West Widening

M5 West Widening

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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.

M5 South-West Motorway Saving Road-users Time

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M5 Prior to expansion.

The M5 South-West Motorway was opened in August 1992 and a widening project began in June 2012. This project was completed in December 2014 and has since been saving road-users time in traffic.

The stretch spans 22km of Sydney’s south west from Prestons to Beverley Hills and according to authorities the addition of a lane in each direction has provided even better driving times and made travelling more reliable. It has even resulted in a safer trip, they claim.

This section of the motorway was developed by Interlink Roads and is operated by them until the end of their lease on 10 December 2026.

Source: https://www.m5motorway.com.au/about-m5