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Toll Testing To Start on M4 Motorway as Part of WestConnex

m4 westconnex

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

 

 

NSW Auditor General Reviews Sydney West Connex

Photo source: DailyTelegraph.com.au

Photo source: DailyTelegraph.com.au

The Commonwealth Auditor-General is planning to review federal funding for what has become a very controversial road project, WestConnex in Sydney.

The multi-billion dollar project will widen and extend the M4 and M5 motorways and link them via the Haberfield and St Peters tunnels in Sydney’s inner west.

Originally the price tag for construction was $11billion under 2012 estimates but by 2015 the price tag ballooned to$16.8 billion to fast-track the project, with significant enhancements added.

The federal government has pledged $3.5billion in funding including a $2 billion concessional loan. The state government has promised up to $1.8billion towards the project.

An audit was requested by Transport Minister Anthony Albanese which was confirmed by Acting Auditor-General Rona Mellor in letter to the minister.  Find out more: https://sourceable.net/nsw-auditor-general-to-review-syd-westconnex/

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

Increase in M5 South West Motorway Toll

m5 west tunnel

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

m5 west tunnel

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.