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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

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

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.