The end of an era: M5 goes cashless
4 March 2013
The end of an era: m5 south west motorway goes cashless
Roads Minister Duncan Gay today announced the end of an era with the M5 South West Motorway converting to cashless tolling from 1 July, 2013.
“The M5 South West Motorway is the last motorway in Australia operating cash booths and the conversion to cashless tolling will bring it in line with the 160 kilometre Sydney Orbital by delivering a system which is more efficient and convenient for motorists,” Mr Gay said.
“From 1 July the M5 cash collection toll booths will no longer be in operation and motorists who use the motorway will need to ensure they use an active tolling product such as an electronic tag or pass when travelling on the motorway,” he said.
“In August 2012 we started work to widen the M5 South West Motorway to increase capacity, improve traffic management, safety and relieve traffic congestion. The conversion to cashless tolling will further help to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow and travel times for the 125,000 motorists who use the motorway every day.”
“There will be changed conditions on the motorway as a result of the conversion to cashless tolling, and associated work to realign lanes and remove the toll booths, which is expected to happen in September. Motorists are urged to plan their journeys ahead, and drive safely to the changed conditions.
“We will make this changeover to cashless tolling as seamless as possible and will work to minimize disruption to motorists.
“Motorists will be informed of any traffic changes by Variable Message Signs and fixed signage on and around the M5 South West Motorway.”
There is a range of tolling options available for motorists using Sydney’s cashless motorways and further information can be found at www.sydneymotorways.com
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