Mike Stevens | Sep 29, 2011

The New South Wales Government has released a report that outlines travel times on 115 key routes around Sydney, revealing the extent of the peak-hour crawl.

Of the roads listed in the Key Roads Performance report, the Pacific Highway, Cleveland Street, Old South Head Road and O'Riordan Street proved to be Sydney's slowest.

“The Key Roads Performance report has been developed to provide motorists with information about peak hour travel times to help them properly plan their travel and find the quickest route to take," Roads Minster Duncan Gay said.

“The report includes travel times and average speeds during morning and afternoon peak periods, as well as maps, to give motorists an insight into which corridors are most suitable for their journeys."

Cleveland Street topped the lot, with an average speed of 15km/h on the morning commute and 11km/h on the drive home.

Speeds on the M2 tollway aren't much better, with the morning average rarely getting above 30km/h.

Don't bother leaving home early if your work commute includes a trip on the M5, with peak time now beginning as early as 5:15am each morning.

“While the results continue to show that congestion remains a problem, particularly in busy city areas, we are committed to developing innovative solutions to problems that Labor ignored for 16 long years," Mr Gay said.

The RTA has also announced the launch of a live travel-time system on the M7, giving motorists a real-time idea of just how long their trip along the motorway will last.

“Live travel time information is now displayed on 12 electronic message signs along the 40 kilometre M7 motorway,” Mr Gay said.

“Live travel time information will also be available on the M4 from December, work will start shortly to install nine new virtual message signs on the M4 between Strathfield and Orchard Hills.”

Travel time information on the M7 motorway will be provided at five northbound and seven southbound locations, using in-road loops to detect average vehicle speeds every minute.

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