The main road freight, commercial and passenger route between Port Botany, Sydney Airport and south west Sydney.
The M5 is part of the National Highway Network connecting Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.
The M5 Motorway includes two sections:
- M5 South West Motorway - a 22 kilometre tolled road operated by Interlink Roads, with 3 lanes in each direction between Camden Valley Way at Prestons and King Georges Road at Beverly Hills
- M5 East Motorway - a 10 kilometre road connecting the M5 South West Motorway with General Holmes Drive. The M5 East includes two 4 kilometre tunnels between Bexley Road at Earlwood and Marsh Street at Arncliffe. Each tunnel carries two lanes of traffic.
Plans to expand the M5 East are described in the WestConnex motorway scheme that was announced by the NSW Government in October 2012. Find out more about WestConnex and what this means for the M5 East.
In recent years traffic levels and the high number of heavy vehicles on the M5 have the corridor operating at or near capacity, 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 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 and 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 improve this vital corridor. It will also make Sydney a more accessible and prosperous place to live, work and visit in the future.
M5 South-West Motorway
The M5 South-West Motorway is a 22km motorway serving Sydney’s South-West, extending from the M5 East Motorway at Beverly Hills to the interchange with the Westlink M7 and the M31 Hume Motorway at Prestons.
The M5 South-West Motorway is a fully electronic toll road with no cash booths, and forms part of the Sydney Orbital Network.
Travel time information
Travel time information is displayed on the M5 South-West Motorway, between Beverly Hills and Prestons. Estimated time to key exits and interchanges is displayed on electronic signs above the roadway.