M5 West widening completed on time and on budget

13 December 2014

The M5 West Widening project has been completed on time and on budget – cutting travel times for motorists on one of Sydney’s most important and busiest road corridors.

NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Mike Baird and Minister for Roads and Freight Duncan Gay have officially opened the widened 22 kilometre stretch of road, marking the delivery of a key NSW Liberals & Nationals election commitment.

“The M5 South West Motorway is used by 125,000 motorists every day – I’m delighted we have now increased capacity of this motorway from four to six lanes for the residents of South Western Sydney,” Mr Baird said.

“Unlike Labor, which put this project in the too-hard basket, we know people would rather spend more time at home with their families than stuck in traffic.

“The successful delivery of the M5 West Widening project shows only the NSW Liberals & Nationals can be trusted to deliver the vital infrastructure Sydney needs.”

Mr Gay said the M5 West Widening project increases the motorway capacity by 50 per cent for a stretch of 22 kilometres, from Prestons to Beverly Hills.

“This upgrade will cut congestion and slash travel times by up to a quarter in the morning and evening peak periods, giving our local communities in South Western Sydney more home time and less travel time,” Mr Gay said.

“Within the week line marking on the final section will be finished and the speed limit increased from 80 km/h to 100km/h.

“The widening will benefit motorists and freight operators travelling the full length of the motorway as well as those making shorter trips. More than half of motorists traveling towards the city exit the M5 before King Georges Road.

“The M5 West Widening was a proposal first put to the former Labor Government in 2003 - they should hang their heads in shame that they neglected South Western Sydney motorists.

“Even in 2011 John Robertson was saying this project ‘didn't make sense’ – no wonder Labor left NSW with such a massive infrastructure backlog, which we are working hard to fix.”

The $400 million M5 West Widening project was primarily funded by Interlink Roads, with the NSW Government contributing $50 million towards the cost of new and improved noise walls and noise mitigation measures for nearby residents.

MEDIA:

  • Imre Salusinszky (Premier) 0432 535 737 or
  • Emma Higginson (Minister) 0467 743 192

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