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 on the M5 South-West Motorway

Travel time information is now available on the M5 South-West Motorway, between Beverly Hills and Prestons.

The travel time system uses overhead electronic message signs to display the estimated length of time it should take to reach upcoming motorway exits, based on the current traffic flow. Travel time estimates are updated every three minutes to provide the most accurate estimates reflecting current traffic conditions.

Typical travel time messages will include the estimated travel time to reach two upcoming motorway exits. For example, the example image below shows the estimated time of travel from the electronic message sign to the Heathcote Road exit as five minutes, and the estimated time of travel between the electronic message sign and the M7 Motorway as eleven minutes.

Frequently asked questions

  • The travel time system displays estimates of the time it should take road users to reach upcoming motorway exits from the electronic message sign, based on the current traffic flow. The estimated times are updated every three minutes to reflect the current traffic conditions and provide the most accurate travel times.
  • Estimated travel times are refreshed and displayed on the electronic message signs every three minutes.
  • Travel time estimates will be displayed between 4am and 10pm, seven days a week.
  • Travel times will not be displayed between 10pm and 4am, as this is outside the hours of operation.

    Where there are any planned or unplanned incidents which impact, or possibly impact, motorway traffic, or in periods of extremely heavy congestion, the electronic message signs will be used to communicate specific information about the incident or current traffic conditions, rather than travel time estimates.

  • Travel times estimates are being obtained under licence from Google Australia, who compute the estimates using GPS data gathered from participating smartphone users.
  • No. All travel time data retrieved by Roads and Maritime Services is anonymous, and cannot be used to identify any individual road user or vehicle.
  • No. The system is not able to measure speed at any one point, and cannot identify individual road users.
  • The electronic message signs may appear blank during non-operational hours between 10pm and 4am, during routine maintenance of the signs, or if there has been a power or equipment failure.
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