The M5 corridor is the main road freight, commercial and passenger route between Port Botany and Sydney Airport, and south west Sydney. It is part of the National Highway Network connecting Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
The M5 Motorway comprises two sections
Section 1 - M5 South West Motorway - a 22 kilometre tolled road operated by Interlink Roads, with two lanes in each direction between Camden Valley Way at Prestons and King Georges Road at Beverly Hills.
Section 2 - M5 East - a 10 kilometre road connecting the M5 South West Motorway with General Holmes Drive and the Eastern Distributor. The M5 East includes two four kilometre tunnels between Bexley Road at Earlwood and Marsh Street at Arncliffe. Each tunnel carries two lanes of traffic.
In recent years traffic levels and the high number of heavy vehicles on the M5 means the corridor is operating at or near capacity and not just in peak hours. Currently 95,000 vehicles per day use the M5 tunnel with very little variation in numbers from 6am to 6pm. This congestion impacts on Sydney's economic productivity and competitiveness, particularly with regard to moving passengers and freight in and around Port Botany and Sydney's international and domestic airports.
This situation will be compounded by planned commercial and industrial growth around Port Botany and the airport as well as planned population and employment growth along the M5 corridor and in particular, Sydney's south west.
Action by the NSW State Government, coupled with extensive public involvement on future improvements to the M5, will not only improve this vital corridor - but also make Sydney a more accessible and prosperous place to live, work and visit in the future.