M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace

The NSW Government has provided $4.3 million in 2018-2019 to continue planning for a future extension of the M1 Pacific Motorway to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace.

Update and announcements

Changes to the revised concept design were displayed for community comment in August and September 2016.

More information about the feedback received is available in the June 2017 Community Consultation Report (PDF, 3.05Mb).

Roads and Maritime continues to investigate best solutions for the road network that would have the most benefit for all road users.

Project background

The M1 Pacific Motorway and Pacific Highway are critical links in the National Land Transport Network and among the busiest transport corridors in Australia.

Planning for the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace started in October 2004 and has involved an extensive community consultation program to identify a preferred route and develop a concept design.

A design was displayed for community comment in 2008 with feedback considered to develop a refined design which was announced in 2010. The route was reserved in the Newcastle and Port Stephens Local Environmental Plans.

Roads and Maritime has since reviewed the 2010 design to ensure the proposal provides the best outcome for road users, the environment and the community.

The revised design includes major improvements for connectivity to the surrounding road network and minimises environmental impacts.

The NSW Government has committed $200 million under Rebuilding NSW to get the project ready for construction.

Timing for construction is not confirmed and would be dependent on planning approval, future traffic needs and funding availability.

Features and benefits

The proposed upgrade includes:

  • 15 kilometres of dual carriageway motorway with two lanes in each direction, bypassing Hexham and Heatherbrae
  • interchanges at Black Hill, Tarro, Tomago, and Raymond Terrace
  • a 2.6 kilometre bridge over Woodlands Close, the Main Northern Railway, New England Highway and Hunter River
  • minimum flood immunity along the new roadway between Black Hill and Tomago for a one in 100 year flood event
  • minimum flood immunity along the new roadway between Tomago and Raymond Terrace for a one in 20 year event.

Key benefits of the proposal include:

  • improved connection between the M1 Pacific Motorway and the Pacific Highway
  • improved traffic flow for motorists and freight for more reliable travel times
  • improved accessibility to the surrounding road network
  • improved safety for all road users.

Next steps

During the next phase of the project we will:

  • continue to consult with property owners, residents, project focus groups and other impacted stakeholders
  • continue to engage through the Roads and Maritime website, project updates and postcards to keep the community and stakeholders informed as planning progress
  • progress investigations into possible changes to the project that better address future transport and community needs
  • consult with stakeholders and the community if any further significant design changes are made before the environmental assessment display
  • display the environmental assessment for community comment before obtaining project approval.
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