Maitland has its say on roundabout upgrade
29 May 2020
The Liberals and Nationals Government is moving to relieve Maitland’s worst peak-hour traffic choke spot - the New England Highway, Church Street and Cessnock Road roundabout.
A community consultation report ensuring local knowledge is carefully considered in the solution design has been finalised and is now available online.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Catherine Cusack said Transport for NSW received 130 submissions from the community in response to the proposed improvements on display late last year.
“The feedback received covered a range of issues relating to the design of the proposal and impacts to the local road network,” Ms Cusack said.
“The report helps to explain the planning and investigations involved, and how a number of options were considered to determine an effective traffic management solution.”
Traffic modelling carried out shows the preferred option is expected to reduce delay times for westbound motorists by about 80 per cent during afternoon peak hours.
The lane configuration changes at the roundabout will also increase the capacity of the roundabout and allow more motorists to travel through the roundabout during each traffic light phase.
Ms Cusack said the preferred option can be delivered during the second half of 2020 and will have no impacts on surrounding properties or Maitland Park.
“The improvements will provide travel time benefits for road users sooner, while traffic modelling shows the upgraded roundabout will continue to operate effectively into the future,” Ms Cusack said.
Transport for NSW will continue to monitor traffic volumes and land use in the Maitland area.
A copy of the report is available online at nswroads.work/maitland.
Transport for NSW is finalising the design for the improvements and will notify the community before work starts on the project in the second half of 2020.