New England Highway improvement project between Aberdeen and Willow Tree

Roads and Maritime Services is delivering upgrades on the New England Highway between Aberdeen and Willow Tree to improve safety, travel times and freight efficiency while reducing maintenance costs along this section of the highway.

The NSW Government is funding this $25 million four year program of work, which will be delivered progressively until 2019.


The New England Highway extends 539km, from Belford NSW, to Jennings on the NSW/QLD border. The highway provides a primary connection between the Hunter and New England North West regions with Newcastle. The corridor is also the inland National Land Transport Network road corridor, providing a vital connection between Sydney and Brisbane.

A corridor strategy was developed to assist Transport for NSW explain actions to be achieved over the next 20 years in order to manage the highway and meet specific corridor objectives, prioritising safety, freight efficiency, asset condition and traffic times.

As part of short term priorities specified in the strategy, the NSW Government is providing $25 million for a four-year program of work, which covers both planning and delivery of the upgrades between Aberdeen and Willow Tree.

The work will repair and widen sections of the New England Highway and will progressively be carried out until 2019.

What happens next?

Roads and Maritime will be carrying out further upgrade work on various sections of the New England Highway, including at Parkville and south of Murrurundi, over the next two years.

We will continue to keep you informed as work progresses. We will provide information to the community in advance of construction activities, including expected impacts and changed traffic conditions.

Notification may include signage to alert road users, media activities, updates on the Live Traffic NSW website, advertising and letters to residents and businesses.

Roads and Maritime apologises for any inconvenience this work may cause and appreciates your patience.

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