M1 Pacific Motorway Central Coast projects
The 127 kilometre M1 Pacific Motorway is the main road corridor linking Sydney, the Central Coast and Newcastle. It also links with the New England and Pacific Highways connecting northern NSW regional centres and Queensland.
The M1 Pacific Motorway was planned in the 1950s to provide a freeway standard road between Sydney and Newcastle. The section between the Hawkesbury River and Mount White was completed first and opened in 1965. The Berowra to Hawkesbury River section was completed in 1968.
The M1 Pacific Motorway operated as a tollway until 1988 when it became part of the National Highway network. It now forms part of the National Land Transport Network. The NSW Government manages the development and maintenance of the M1 through Roads and Maritime Services.
The M1 Pacific Motorway is a vital link for more than 65,000 motorists and 7000 freight vehicles travelling between the Central Coast and Hunter regions and Sydney on a daily basis.It is also heavily used by motorists travelling to northern NSW and Queensland holiday destinations.
High traffic volumes are recorded on the motorway between Sydney and Newcastle, with the southern section experiencing the greatest traffic flow.
Current or proposed projects on the M1 Pacific Motorway include: