M2 upgrade to come with a cost

New ramps for the M2 will cut travel times, but truck drivers will pay $5.62 each time they use them

July 4, 2012

New ramps for Sydney’s busy M2 motorway are expected to cut travel times when they open this month, but truck drivers will need to pay each time they use them.

New South Wales Roads Minister Duncan Gay says the final work is being completed on the new ramps at Windsor Road to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow. He says the upgrades will cut as much as 40 minutes a week off travel times.

Ramps at Windsor Road will allow motorists heading west to get on to the motorway at Windsor Road, while eastbound traffic can take the off-ramp to access Baulkham Hills, Northmead and Parramatta.

The upgrade is expected to open to traffic in late July, weather permitting. Truck drivers will need to pay a $5.62 toll to use the ramps, while cars and motorcycles will pay $1.87.

"This is another important step in providing residents in Sydney’s north-west and west with better infrastructure aiming to deliver shorter travel times, particularly in peak periods," Gay says.

He says the ramps will reduce congestion on local roads, including Old Windsor Road, Caroline Chisholm Drive and Seven Hills Road.

The upgrade is part of stage one of the M2 upgrade, which also includes widening the motorway and providing extra entry and exit points along the 21km route.

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