New England Highway, Cessnock Road and Church Street roundabout, Maitland

Roads and Maritime Services is upgrading the roundabout to improve traffic flow and travel times on the New England Highway at Maitland.

New England Highway, Cessnock Road and Church Street roundabout, Maitland
New England Highway, Cessnock Road and Church Street roundabout, Maitland

Updates and announcements

Roads and Maritime Services will start the first stage of work on Sunday 2 June. Work will be carried out from Sunday to Thursday between 7pm and 5am for five weeks.

For more information please download the May 2019 project notification (PDF, 318Kb).

Project overview

The NSW Government is investing $1.5million this financial year to develop and deliver traffic management solutions to improve traffic flow and travel times.

Stage 1

Work involves installing traffic lights on the eastbound approach to the New England Highway and Church Street roundabout to help reduce westbound queues.

The traffic lights will help to better manage traffic, particularly in the afternoon peak, by providing more frequent gaps between vehicles to allow westbound traffic to travel through the roundabout.

Traffic queue detectors will be installed on the New England Highway westbound approach to trigger the traffic lights to stop eastbound traffic when there are westbound queues. Detectors will also be installed on the eastbound approach to monitor traffic delays.

Work also includes widening Cessnock Road to extend the left lane by around 100 metres to near the U-turn bay. This will improve traffic flow and reduce the queue length on Cessnock Road in the morning peak by providing additional lane capacity for traffic traveling through the roundabout to Church Street.  

Following installation of the traffic lights, traffic will be monitored to help inform further investigations and Stage 2.

Stage 2 improvements

We are planning additional traffic management changes for the roundabout and the nearby road network. The first stage of work will provide traffic flow improvements in the short-term while design work continues on the Stage 2 improvements.

The community will be invited to comment on any additional changes later in 2019.

Next steps

We will keep the community updated as Stage 1 work progresses.

Community consultation for Stage 2 will be carried out later in 2019.  

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