M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace

The NSW Government is providing $7 million in 2016-17 to continue planning for a future extension of the M1 Pacific Motorway to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace.

Update and announcements

Community feedback on the design changes closed on 28 September 2016.

All feedback from the display will be collated and addressed in a community consultation report.

Feedback received will be considered to finalise the concept design and environmental assessment, which is expected to be displayed for community and stakeholder feedback in 2017.

Project background

The M1 Pacific Motorway and Pacific Highway are critical links in the National Land Transport Network and among the busiest transport corridors in Australia.

Planning for the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace started in October 2004 and has involved an extensive community consultation program to identify a preferred route and develop a concept design.

A design was displayed for community comment in 2008 with feedback considered to develop a refined design which was announced in 2010. The route was reserved in the Newcastle and Port Stephens Local Environmental Plans.

Roads and Maritime has since reviewed the 2010 design to ensure the proposal provides the best outcome for road users, the environment and the community.

The revised concept design includes major improvements for connectivity to the surrounding road network and minimises environmental impacts.

The NSW Government has committed $200 million under Rebuilding NSW to get the project ready for construction.

Timing for construction is not confirmed and would be dependent on planning approval, future traffic needs and funding availability.

Features and benefits

The proposed upgrade includes:

  • 15 kilometres of dual carriageway motorway with two lanes in each direction, bypassing Hexham and Heatherbrae
  • Interchanges at Black Hill, Tarro, Tomago, and Raymond Terrace
  • A 2.6 kilometre bridge over Woodlands Close, the Main Northern Railway, New England Highway and Hunter River
  • Minimum flood immunity along the new roadway between Black Hill and Tomago for a one in 100 year flood event
  • Minimum flood immunity along the new roadway between Tomago and Raymond Terrace for a one in 20 year event.

Key benefits of the proposal include:

  • Improved connection between the M1 Pacific Motorway and the Pacific Highway
  • Improved traffic flow for motorists and freight for more reliable travel times
  • Improved accessibility to the surrounding road network
  • Improved safety for all road users.

Next steps

Upcoming planning activities include:

  • Community and stakeholder discussions, including a survey of local businesses
  • Finalise the concept design
  • Prepare the environmental assessment for display in 2017.
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