People are starting to realise that there is about to be a big new toll (tax) on the M4.
What a lot of people don’t realise is that there is also about to be a big new toll on the M5 East (the M5, east of King Georges Road), and the new toll will be cumulative.
The per kilometre toll on the M5 East will be the same as the toll on the M4. Except that, if you use both the M5 West and the M5 East you will pay a separate toll on each one.
You will pay $4.59 to use the M5 West (before cashback) and, depending on how far you travel, up to another $8.60 on the rest of WestConnex.
For example, to travel to General Holmes Drive will cost $10.74 each way, $4.59 for the M5 West and another $6.15 for the M5 East.
There will not be a cashback on the M5 East.
The cashback on the M5 West will continue for a while, but it is not permanent – it lasts until 2026.
The toll on the M5 East will be in place for at least 40 years, possibly longer. It will go up by 4% a year, or more.
The first three years of the tolls are more than enough to pay for widening the M4 and the M5.