New England Highway upgrade plans refined after community consultation

24 July 2018

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter advised that the New England Highway upgrade between Belford and the Golden Highway is moving closer with approval of the environmental assessment and refinement of the concept design.

Mr. Johnsen said the NSW Government is committing $85 million to provide two travel lanes in each direction and a flyover for vehicles turning right from the Golden Highway towards Maitland and Newcastle.

“The New England Highway is a critical link in the Upper Hunter and the upgrade will improve traffic flow, travel times and safety for motorists,” Mr. Johnsen said.

The concept design and review of environmental factors were displayed for community feedback.

Mr. Johnsen said 32 submissions were received during the feedback period, with 12 in support of the proposal. The main concerns raised in the submissions related to safety, travel times, connectivity for nearby properties and future use for higher productivity vehicles.

“We have listened to community feedback on the proposal and refined the concept design,” Mr. Johnsen said.

“Several changes have been made to the design to address the issues raised.”

These changes include replacing the proposed U turn facility on the Golden Highway with a roundabout, to improve access for nearby properties and businesses, and building a new access road to the roundabout from the abattoir.

Additional design refinements to the Golden Highway and New England Highway intersection include removal of an existing give way sign and line marking, providing raised traffic islands and improved merging for vehicles turning onto the Golden Highway.

Other changes include reduced median width between the New England Highway travel lanes and amended alignment of the flyover and eastbound entry ramp, which will reduce property acquisition.

For further information and to view the submissions report and design refinements, go to

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