Upgrade for New England Highway between Belford and The Golden Highway

3 October 2019

Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that the upgrade on the New England Highway between Belford and the Golden Highway is on track to start early next year.

Mr Johnsen said the detailed design for the upgrade is expected to be completed in the coming months and had been shaped by community feedback.

“The Nationals in Government are getting on with the job of upgrading the New England Highway to deliver a smoother, safer journey for motorists,” Mr Johnsen said.

“This upgrade will provide two lanes in each direction on the New England Highway and a flyover off-ramp for vehicles turning right from the Golden Highway to improve traffic flow, travel times and safety for motorists.

“Minor design changes have also been implemented after feedback during the community consultation process.

“In particular, a new roundabout on the Golden Highway with a connection to the New England Highway will improve safety for motorists turning left onto the New England Highway towards Singleton and provides safer access to adjoining properties.”

Early work will start on site in 2020 and this will include relocating utilities and closing the Whittingham rest area.

The rest area will be removed as part of the upgrade with motorists encouraged to visit the nearby towns of Singleton and Branxton or rest areas on the Hunter Expressway at Branxton and Buchanan and on the New England Highway, north of Singleton.

Transport for NSW will invite construction tenders to build the upgrade in the first half of 2020 and will notify the community of the timing for main construction work.

For more information on the project, please visit rms.work/B2G.

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