M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrades

The M1 Upgrades make up the $391.6 million M1 Productivity Package funded by the Australian and NSW governments to provide a better and more reliable journey on one of Australia’s busiest roads.

Updates and announcements

Work on all three M1 upgrades is now under way. Motorists are encouraged to plan their journeys and allow extra travel time.

The southbound lanes continue to be separated for one kilometre near Wyong River.

View a visualisation of the changed traffic conditions on M1 southbound at Wyong River below.

Changed traffic conditions video


The M1 Pacific Motorway is an important link between Sydney and Brisbane. More than 70,000 light and heavy vehicles travel between the Central Coast and Hunter region and Sydney each day. These numbers are expected to increase in the future.

The three major M1 Upgrades will improve traffic flow and safety for motorists:


The M1 Upgrades will benefit commuters, holiday traffic, heavy vehicles and public transport users by:

  • improving traffic flow for better and more reliable trips
  • making it easier to move freight
  • allowing for predicted increases in traffic
  • providing safer access to and from the motorway.


Work will take place between the Kariong and Somersby interchanges, Tuggerah and Doyalson interchanges and at the Weakleys Drive and John Renshaw Drive intersection. Key features include:

  • widening the road between Kariong and Doyalson
  • improving interchanges at Kariong, Warnervale and Doyalson
  • replacing the existing roundabout at Weakleys Drive with traffic lights.
Infographic: Graphical representation of the following concepts: Improving traffic flow for more than 70,000 motorists; $391.6 million for 3 major M1 Upgrades; Better movement of freight.
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