M5 motorway to go cashless from July

The toll on the M5 southwest motorway will go cashless from July 1

March 4, 2013

The toll booths on the M5 southwest motorway will be demolished from July 1 when the route switches to cashless tolling.

New South Wales Roads Minister Duncan Gay announced today the motorway would convert to using electronic tags from the beginning of the new financial year.

He says the M5 is the last motorway in Australia operating booths and that the switch to cashless tolling will bring it in line with the 160km Sydney Orbital.

"From July 1 the M5 cash collection toll booths will no longer be in operation and motorists who use the motorway will need to ensure they use an active tolling product such as an electronic tag or pass when travelling on the motorway," Gay says.

"There will be changed conditions on the motorway as a result of the conversion to cashless tolling, and associated work to realign lanes and remove the toll booths, which is expected to happen in September. Motorists are urged to plan their journeys ahead, and drive safely to the changed conditions."

Gay says road users will be notified of any traffic changes through variable message signs and fixed signs on and around the motorway. He says the NSW Government will make the changeover "as seamless as possible" to minimise disruptions to motorists.

"In August 2012 we started work to widen the M5 South West Motorway to increase capacity, improve traffic management, safety and relieve traffic congestion," Gay says.

"The conversion to cashless tolling will further help to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow and travel times for the 125,000 motorists who use the motorway every day."

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