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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

Key Features of the New M5

Photo source: DailyTelegraph.com.au

Photo source: DailyTelegraph.com.au

The Planning Minister Rob Stokes announced new projects for the M5 with key features including,

  1. 9Km of new motorway Tunnels, line-marked for 2 traffic lanes in each direction, if required space for 3 lanes in the future.
  2. Widening and re-aligning the existing M5 East Motorway just east of King Georges Road
  3. A new interchange at St Peters and 2 road bridges across Alexandra Canal
  4. Streets upgrades around St Peters Interchange
  5. About 14 km of new and upgraded shared, pedestrian and cycle paths.
  6. New bridges across Alexandra Canal and Campbell Road, St Peters.
  7. Taller, wider and less steep tunnels than the existing M5 East resulting in a smoother ride for motorists, reducing emissions and improving air quality outcomes.

Find out more at http://www.urbanalyst.com/in-the-news/new-south-wales/3977-nsw-planning-minister-approves-the-westconnex-new-m5-project.html

NSW Planning Minister approves the WestConnex New M5 Project

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Rob Stokes, the NSW Planning Minister has announced approval of a plan for the WestConnex New M5 project.

The latest project will link the upgraded King Georges Road Interchange on the M5 East Motorway at Beverley Hills and run via twin tunnels to St Peters.

The community’s concerns regarding open public space, cycling and pedestrian infrastructure and the environment have been taken into consideration with a series of conditions set out by the minister.

The government says the new project will reduce congestion, improve travel times and traffic safety.

Source: http://www.urbanalyst.com/in-the-news/new-south-wales/3977-nsw-planning-minister-approves-the-westconnex-new-m5-project.html

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.