Oxley Highway

The Oxley Highway links Port Macquarie and the Pacific Highway to the New England Highway near Bendemeer. The Oxley continues west of Tamworth, through Gunnedah and on to link with the Newell Highway near Coonabarabran.

Updates and announcements

Community update

The NSW Government is funding the delivery of vital road improvements along the Oxley Highway. This important work stems from the Oxley Highway Route Safety Review and the Oxley Highway corridor strategy.

The Route Safety Review report was carried out by the NSW Centre for Road Safety and Roads and Maritime, examining the Oxley Highway from the Pacific Highway west of Port Macquarie to the Mitchell Highway at Nevertire.

The NSW Government is providing $10 million to develop and implement some of the recommendations from the safety review, with a focus on improvements to intersections and bridge approach barriers.

The corridor strategy has been developed by a team from Transport NSW and Roads and Maritime. The strategy sets out the NSW Government’s 20-year plan to manage and guide the development of the road corridor to improve safety, traffic efficiency and sustainability.

The strategy will be delivered in line with the NSW Long Term Transport Master Plan, Regional Transport Plans and other relevant national and State planning frameworks.

During the 2015 election, the State Government committed $50 million to a program to improve safety and travel times on the Oxley Highway over the next four years. This funding is being invested in developing and delivering projects identified in the corridor strategy.

View or download the November 2016 Community update (PDF, 1.75Mb).

Route Safety Review report

The Oxley Highway Route Safety Review is complete. You can view the report on the Centre for Road Safety website. Further information can be found on the Roads and Maritime Services Oxley Highway Route Safety Review page.

Corridor strategy

Following community feedback, the changes to the final draft strategy have been completed and a community consultation report is being prepared for release. View or download the corridor strategy.

Project background

On the eastern part of the route, traffic volumes are significantly higher in the short section between the Pacific Highway and Port Macquarie, with an average of around 15,000 vehicles per day. Between the Pacific Highway and Wauchope volumes drop to around 9,500. West of Wauchope the traffic volumes decline significantly with less than 500 vehicles per day midway between Wauchope and Walcha.

Port Macquarie is a recognised growth area and planned development in nearby Wauchope is expected to increase traffic between Wauchope and Port Macquarie. With the completion of the Pacific Highway to Wrights Road link the full section east of the Pacific Highway to Port Macquarie will be dual carriageway.

The Centre for Road Safety (CRS) and Roads and Maritime Services carried out a route safety review of the Oxley Highway west of the Pacific Highway, between:

  • Pacific Highway and New England Highway
  • New England Highway and Newell Highway
  • Newell Highway and Mitchell Highway.

Community engagement

The community was invited to provide feedback for the safety review. Further information can be found on the Roads and Maritime Oxley Highway Safety Review page.


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