Travel times improve on key roads

21 February 2013

Travel times improve on key roads

Roads Minister Duncan Gay today announced motorists are now getting home up to 15 minutes faster each week according to the latest Key Roads Performance Report.

“In the three months to the end of November, motorists on the M2 were travelling about three minutes faster between Carlingford and North Ryde in the PM peak. The trip now takes about 18 minutes compared with about 21 minutes in the previous quarter,” Mr Gay said.

“The PM peak was found to be generally stable with a notable improvement in average speed along Parramatta Road resulting in a decrease in travel time of six minutes from Concord to Harris Park and three minutes in the section from Ashfield to Concord.

“In fact, the December Key Roads Performance Report shows generally stable travel times between September and November 2012 with the majority of peak hour travel times varying by two minutes or less.

The following table summarises significant travel time variations from September to December 2012.

Significant travel time variations from September to December 2012

Road AM/PM Travel Time
Parramatta Rd (Concord to Harris Park) PM 6 min decrease
The Horsley Drive PM 2 min decrease
M2 (Carlingford to North Ryde) PM 3 min decrease
M4 (Concord to Clyde) PM 3 min decrease
Newcastle Link Road AM 3 min decrease
F3 (Beresfield to Wahroonga) AM 6 min decrease

“While travel times have generally improved, increased traffic volumes on the F3 at Ku-ring-gai and Wahroonga during the morning peak of five per cent and two per cent respectively have added about six minutes to the morning commute.

“The F3 Sydney to Newcastle Freeway, M5 and M5 East, Epping Road and M4 Motorway between Clyde to Eastern Creek, all showed increases in travel time.

“The Key Roads Performance Report details the average speeds and travel times on 114 key routes across Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong.

“This financial year the NSW Government has allocated $4.9 billion to build, maintain and improve the road infrastructure needed to link communities, support housing and employment growth and improve road safety.

“This report gives the community a way to take greater control of which NSW roads they use and allows them to better plan their journey, showing how long it will take on average to travel some of the most commonly used routes during the morning and afternoon peaks,” he said.

The Key Road Performance Report is available on the RMS website

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Travel times improve on key roads.

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