M5 Tunnel Update

Monday 29 October, 2012

CETEC conducted air quality testing in the M5 east tunnel in August and this was reported on 27th August on Seven news in Sydney. We welcome the new warning signs installed at the tunnel entrance,  air monitoring results to now become publicly available and the new penalty system introduced for smoky trucks. These are some positive initiatives from the State government, but there is still more to do to ensure commuters are not exposed to elevated levels of exhaust toxins.

Background - as previously reported

CETEC has a continuing interest in improving air quality in our environment.  Poor air quality can have a negative impact on community health and in particular for those who are sensitised to pollution including the young, the elderly, asthmatics and those with poor lung function. 

Since the air quality test results were reported on 27th August and resulting from the public pressure, the NSW Roads Minister Duncan Gay has been reported as saying in regards to the air quality in the tunnels that "This tunnel is pretty ordinary in many respects".  He has since committed to publishing the monthly air test results from inside the tunnel. 

M5 tunnel air quality results conducted by CETEC

M5 warning sign

UPDATE - 29th October 2012
Warning sign at tunnel entrance - now on display
Close your windows. Turn your air conditioning to recycle


Adam Garnys, CETEC interview on M5 tunnel air quality

For the media report and video from the news on Monday 27 August

For the report on the NSW government response on Tuesday 28 August