Improvements to Cessnock Road at Abermain open for consultation

11 February 2019

Roads and Maritime Services is seeking community feedback on a plan to install traffic lights at the intersection of Cessnock Road and Orange Street at Abermain.

The NSW Liberal National Government is investing $500,000 this financial year for early planning for the proposal which aims to improve traffic flow and safety for motorists and pedestrians crossing Cessnock Road.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Hon. Scot MacDonald MLC said the proposed improvements would address one of the more problematic stretches of road in the area.

“There were 26 crashes on Cessnock Road between Neath Road and Elizabeth Street in the five years to December 2017, including 21 injury crashes and another three crashes involving pedestrians,” Mr MacDonald said.

“The proposed traffic lights would improve efficiency and safety, especially for motorists turning right turn out of Orange Street onto Cessnock Road and for pedestrians crossing Cessnock Road.”

The proposed improvements would also involve road widening along the southern side of Cessnock Road to provide a westbound through lane and right turn lane into Orange Street, which would improve traffic flow for motorists travelling through to Cessnock.

The proposed traffic lights would also have crossings for pedestrians on either side of Orange Street which will help make it safer for people crossing Cessnock Road.

Road widening is also proposed at the Charles Street intersection to extend the left turning lane onto Cessnock Road, along with the provision of dedicated left and right turn lanes into Charles Street to improve traffic flow.

The proposed design seeks to minimise the loss of parking where possible, however 14 parking spaces on the southern side of Cessnock Road near Orange Street would need to be removed to allow space for the new turning lane.

More information about the proposal including a design layout is available to view on the Roads and Maritime website at Have your say.

Community members interested in having a say on the proposal are encouraged to email paul.galvin@rms.nsw.gov.au or write to Paul Galvin, Roads and Maritime Services, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300 by Friday 1 March.

Roads and Maritime will carefully consider all feedback and continue to keep the community informed as the proposal progresses.

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