Road Photos & Information: New South Wales
Hume Highway (South Western Freeway) & South Western Motorway (Metroad 5) (Decommissioned)


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General Information:

Metroad 5 is a major arterial route from the Airport and CBD to the south-western suburbs of Sydney. It was the only Metroad that is fully freeway standard, which was achieved in December 2002 when traffic lights that operated at Moorebank (Moorebank Av) for over 15 years were switched off, being replaced by an overpass.

The Casula bypass and Moorebank Avenue to King Georges Road sections are owned by Interlink Roads Pty Limited. The M5 East, the Liverpool Bridge and the Hume Highway are RMS owned. The tolling arrangements on the tolled section started as a 30 year operating contract, with the original date of reverting to the public being August 2022. However the Moorebank Avenue overpass works have extended the contract by 1.1 years, putting the revised reversion date at September 2023.

The Glenfield to Woodbine section of the freeway was once part of the NSW freeway numbering scheme and used to be numbered F5. Which was phased out in the 1980s, replaced with National Highway 31.

The South Western Motorway features 2 tunnels, a 4 kilometre one under Bardwell Park and Arncliffe and another short one near Kingsford Smith Airport at Kyeemagh.

Click here for the official website for the M5 east section from King Georges Road at Beverly Hills to General Holmes Drive at Kyeemagh.
Click here for the official website for the M5 South West Motorway, which is operated by Interlink Roads. They operate the Casula Bypass and the motorway from Moorebank Avenue interchange at Moorebank through to King Georges Road at Beverly Hills.


Kyeemagh to Beverly Hills Beverly Hills to Casula Casula to St Andrews St Andrews to Campbelltown

1 Roads and Traffic Authority, Schedule of Classified Roads (and unclassified Regional Roads), 25 February 2008
2 Department of Main Roads New South Wales, South Western Freeway, F5 from The Cross Roads near Liverpool to Aylmerton near Mittagong

Last updated: 21:29:47 23/3/2016.

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