$30 million M5 Belmore Road Ramps at Riverwood a step closer

Media Release

PF017/2017

25 May 2017

Planning for the Australian and New South Wales governments' $30 million upgrade of the M5 South West Motorway at Riverwood is progressing well.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure, Paul Fletcher said the Australian Government's record $75 billion transport infrastructure investment programme from 2017-18 to 2026-27 is building our future by creating jobs and delivering a safer, more effective national road network.

“Congestion costs Sydney more than $6 billion annually in time delays and lost productivity, so this upgrade will help keep the city moving and improve access to the M5 Motorway,” Mr Fletcher said.

“The $30 million upgrade, announced mid-last year, will help better link Sydney's fastest-growing suburbs to the city centre.

“The upgrade will help improve the lives of the thousands of motorists who use the road every day and allow them to spend more time at home with their families rather than stuck in traffic.”

Federal Member for Banks, David Coleman said key features of the upgrade include new east facing ramps at Belmore Road to allow for a faster entry and exit, as well as improved access to the Sydney CBD.

“The project is expected to improve access and reduce motorists travelling times, reduce congestion and increase capacity on the M5,” Mr Coleman said.

New South Wales Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey said geotechnical investigation work to plan for this important upgrade will be carried out later this month and take about six weeks to complete.

“After the completion of the geotechnical investigation work, a review of environmental factors will be prepared and displayed in late 2017 for community feedback,” Mrs Pavey said.

New South Wales Member for Oatley Mark Coure said the M5 South West Motorway is used by 125,000 people every day and the project will reduce travel time and congestion making it easier for local residents.

“This project will deliver new ramps at Belmore Road and improve access to surrounding roads and improve travel time for local residents”.

“I will continue to work with the NSW Minister for Roads to ensure this project is commenced as soon as possible and ensure that motorists see a reduction in travel time and congestion”.

The project is jointly funded by the Australian and New South Wales governments on a 50:50 basis.