Feedback report for New England Highway upgrade now online

1 SEPTEMBER 2015

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today highlighted that community members are now invited to view the consultation report responding to feedback received during the display of the preferred option for the New England Highway upgrade between Belford and the Golden Highway.

Mr Johnsen said the NSW Government has allocated $85 million funding for the upgrade under the Rebuilding NSW Plan to improve traffic flow, travel times and safety on the highway for motorists.

“Community feedback was invited in May on the proposal to provide a divided road with two travel lanes in each direction between Belford and the Golden Highway and a flyover for vehicles turning right from the Golden Highway towards Maitland and Newcastle,” Mr Johnsen said.

“The consultation report summarises the 32 formal submissions received during consultation and responds to the issues raised.

“Community feedback has been responded to around safety concerns, suggestions for alternative designs for the upgrade, property access and timing.

“Issues relating to the proposed road corridor for future development of the New England Highway, environmental impacts, the Whittingham rest area and property acquisition were also responded to.

“Roads and Maritime thanks the community for their feedback and will now carry out the concept design and environmental assessment taking the feedback into consideration.

“The community will be invited to provide further feedback when the concept design and environmental assessment are displayed in late next year,” Michael Johnsen said.

The consultation report is now available on the Roads and Maritime website at www.rms.nsw.gov.au.

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Media contact:

upperhunter@parliament.nsw.gov.au
www.michaeljohnsen.com.au

20 Bridge Street (PO Box 493), Muswellbrook NSW 2333

ph 02 6543 1065 mob 0419 696 756 fax 02 6543 1416

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