Freight and Regional Program Office
Roads and Maritime Services is delivering the largest series of infrastructure investments in the state’s history.
The state’s road, freight and maritime network will be transformed over the next five years with major capital expenditure exceeding $16 billion during this timeframe.
The Freight and Regional Program Office has been created to develop and deliver major road infrastructure projects across regional NSW.
The Freight and Regional Program Office includes a portfolio of strategic projects:
- With a regional focus
- Connecting communities across NSW
- Connecting NSW to other States.
This expanded program of works is being described as ‘The Wave’.
We are building, upgrading and strengthening our road infrastructure through the fast tracking of major upgrades to key regional highways.
This program of work will provide safety and efficiency benefits for the state’s freight and tourism industries along with commuters and local traffic.
The Freight and Regional Program Office is carrying out projects on the following highways:
- Princes Highway
The Princes Highway remains one of the most critical freight networks in NSW. Roads and Maritime Services has commenced a program of work to improve safety and efficiency on the highway.
- Great Western Highway
The Great Western Highway serves as the key freight route between Sydney and central western NSW. The road corridor is also an important tourism route.
- Newell Highway
The Newell Highway provides an important freight and commuter link between the Victorian and Queensland borders. Major upgrade work is planned for this highway.
- New England Highway
The New England Highway provides another important freight link between key regional centres within the state's northern region. A number of major projects improving safety and efficiency are being undertaken on this corridor.
- Oxley Highway
Roads and Maritime Services is planning the delivery of services and infrastructure to improve safety on the Oxley Highway. These include intersection improvements and safety reviews.
- Mitchell Highway
The Mitchell Highway forms part of the Sydney to Dubbo corridor providing an important route for freight and livestock transporters, local commuters and tourists.
- Kings Highway
The Kings Highway is the main east-west road linking Batemans Bay and the ACT. Major safety upgrades continue to be carried out on the Kings Highway.
Bridges for the Bush program
The Bridges for the Bush program is a key government initiative designed to boost freight productivity in regional NSW.
The $145 million Bridges for the Bush program will result in the replacement or upgrade of 17 bridges in key locations over the next five years.
With the road freight task predicted to almost double by 2030, significant investment in the NSW road network is required to meet the demand for safer and heavier freight vehicles.
The Bridges for the Bush initiative will enhance freight productivity and save the state over $200 million in economic, social and environmental costs over the next 30 years.
Murray River Bridge Replacement Program
The Murray River Bridge Replacement Program will result in the delivery of a number of new bridges along the Murray River.
The program is important in ensuring the ongoing connections between communities and the provision of products and services in this region.
Current planning to replace bridges along the Murray River includes: