Next round of alphanumeric road number and names

Friday 9 August

Next round of alphanumeric road number and names change

Motorists travelling on the Hume and Sydney to Newcastle Freeway this month will notice updated signs reflecting the new alphanumeric road numbers and motorway names.

Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) General Manager Traffic Management Craig Moran said major travel routes across NSW are adopting the alphanumeric road numbering system which aims to simplify travel in NSW and the entire eastern sea board.

“Alphanumeric route numbers are used widely around the world and are already in place in Victoria and Queensland.

“Work has started to update signage to rename the Hume Highway to the M31 Hume Motorway from the end of the M5 to Berrima. The highway south of Berrima will now be called the M31 Hume Highway.

“From Monday 19 August, the Sydney to Newcastle Freeway from Hornsby to Beresfield, commonly known as the F3, will be formally renamed the M1 Pacific Motorway. The Pacific Highway from Byron Bay to the Queensland border also becomes part of the M1 Pacific Motorway.

“The Southern Freeway and Mount Ousley Road, commonly known as the F6, from Waterfall to Albion Park Rail will be formally renamed the M1 Princes Motorway.

“Electronic signs will be used to advise motorists and help them transition to the new alphanumeric road numbering system and road names.

“The alphanumeric system lets motorists know if they are travelling on a motorway (M), route of national (A) or state significance (B) and improves travel consistency across state borders.

“Several routes have already been updated this year. New signage for the M1 and M31 will be unveiled this month.

“RMS has consulted with emergency services, Destination NSW, tourist operators and mapping providers to ensure consistency.

“The changes will mean renaming some of our major road proposals such as the F3 to M2 link to the M1 to M2 link.

“We understand there may be some confusion as people get used to the new system but this brings NSW into line with other states and will ultimately provide clearer directions for road users.”

Updated signs across NSW are expected to be complete by the end of 2013.

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