M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrades - Weakleys Drive and John Renshaw Drive intersection

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading the M1 Pacific Motorway at the Weakleys Drive and John Renshaw Drive intersection at Beresfield. The upgrade involves replacing the existing roundabout with traffic lights to improve traffic flow, travel times and safety for motorists.

This project is one of three M1 Upgrades providing a better and more reliable journey on one of Australia’s busiest roads.

Updates and announcements

A major milestone has been reached as part of the M1 Pacific Motorway Upgrades.

Traffic lights have been switched on at the Weakleys Drive and John Renshaw Drive intersection at Beresfield at the northern end of the M1.

The intersection has been expanded with additional lanes, including two dedicated right turn lanes from the M1 Motorway northbound into John Renshaw Drive.

Work to build concrete islands in the road medians will continue until early next year so there will be some interim arrangements, including temporary line marking and barriers.

There will also be temporary shared lanes for vehicles approaching the intersection on John Renshaw Drive that are turning right or going through.

The current 60km/h speed limit will be maintained.

Project background

The M1 Pacific Motorway is an important link for motorists travelling between Sydney and Brisbane, which is one of the busiest transport routes in Australia.

The Weakleys Drive and John Renshaw Drive intersection is the critical connection between the M1, Pacific Highway, New England Highway and local industrial and business areas. The existing two lane roundabout is used by about 4000 vehicles per hour in peak periods and cannot effectively cater for the current level of demand.

This project is part of the M1 Upgrades, which also includes upgrading the M1 between the Tuggerah and Doyalson interchanges and between the Kariong and Somersby interchanges. The M1 Upgrades make up the $391.6 million M1 Productivity Package funded by the Australian and NSW governments to improve traffic flow and safety on the M1.

Key features and benefits

Key features include:

  • replacing the roundabout with traffic lights
  • two through lanes on all approaches
  • additional turning lanes on all approaches, including two right turn lanes from the motorway to John Renshaw Drive
  • extending the two northbound lanes on Weakleys Drive from the traffic lights to Enterprise Drive
  • upgrading the existing left turn slip lane from John Renshaw Drive to the motorway to improve safety
  • an additional left turn lane from John Renshaw Drive to the motorway to manage times of peak holiday southbound traffic
  • on-road provisions for cyclists.

Key benefits of the upgrade include:

  • improved traffic capacity and safety at the intersection
  • improved freight and traffic flow and more reliable travel times through the intersection
  • compatibility with future upgrades across the road network.

Next steps

Work started in April 2018 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. The work is being carried out by Georgiou Group Pty Ltd.

We will keep the community and road users informed of progress and traffic changes throughout the construction period.

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