Hamilton North - Griffiths and Chatham Roads

Roads and Maritime Services is carrying out improvements at the intersection of Griffiths and Chatham roads to improve pedestrian safety.

Updates and announcements

Work will start on Wednesday 7 February, weather permitting. We will be working between 7pm and 5am from Sunday to Thursday. We expect to carry out 18 night shifts over a seven week period, weather permitting.

For more information please download the January 2018 project notification (PDF, 431Kb).

Project background

Griffiths Road is used by more than 30,000 vehicles daily and is the major commuter and freight route connecting the M1 Pacific Motorway to the urban centre of Newcastle.

The intersection of Griffiths and Chatham Roads at Hamilton is an important entry point for residents, commuters and industry accessing the Newcastle showground, local businesses and parks.

Key features

The project involves:

  • Installing a new concrete median and pedestrian refuge on Chatham Road (south) to improve pedestrian safety and maintain a safe turning path for trucks entering and exiting Chatham Road
  • Installing new kerbs, pedestrian ramps and footpath links on the entry and exit to the southern side of Chatham Road to improve access to existing footpaths and to the Newcastle Showground and Newcastle Entertainment Centre. This will require removal of three existing trees which will be replaced by Roads and Maritime following consultation with Newcastle Council
  • Improving line marking through the intersection for cyclists’ safety.

The first stage of the project completed in 2017 included the installation of the shared path on the northern side of Griffiths Road.

Community engagement

Roads and Maritime Services sought comments from the community and stakeholders on a proposed project in December 2013 and November 2014. We would like to thank everyone who took the time to consider our proposal and provide feedback.

The initial intersection upgrade design that was provided to the community for comment in December 2013 included installing traffic lights, improving pedestrian facilities and widening Griffiths and Chatham roads to provide additional turning lanes and cycle paths. Traffic lights were proposed to improve safety at the intersection while maintaining full access for all movements. This proposal included maintaining access for trucks that were required to use the intersection to travel to and from the distribution facility on Chatham Road.

Following closure of the distribution facility in mid-2014 the proposal to install traffic lights was reconsidered based on the reduction of heavy fuel laden vehicles entering and exiting Chatham Road to access the distribution facility. Roads and Maritime revised the intersection design to remove the existing through and right turn traffic movements out of Chatham Road to improve safety at the intersection.

Community feedback relating to the revised design included concerns about potential increases in traffic volumes on Clyde Street, the potential for increased congestion at the Griffiths Road and Broadmeadow Road intersection and the detour distance that would result for local residents. Based on this feedback Roads and Maritime determined traffic movements would not be restricted at the Griffiths Road and Chatham Road intersection.

The community was notified of the final revised proposal in May 2016. More information about the final design is available in the May 2016 Community update.

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