New England Highway, Rutherford intersection

New England Highway safety improvements at Rutherford

Roads and Maritime Services is planning to improve safety and travel times between Aberglasslyn Road and John Street.

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DEC 2019

DEC 2019Consultation closed

Community and stakeholders were invited to comment on a proposal to improve safety on the New England Highway at Rutherford in November and December.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to consider our proposal and provide feedback.

More information about the proposed design is available in the Project Notification (PDF, 324Kb).

Project information

The NSW Government is investing in a proposal to improve safety and travel times between Aberglasslyn Road and John Street.

In the five years up until June 2019, there were 33 crashes along this section of the highway, 24 of which resulted in injury.

The proposal involves:

  • extending the right turn lane on the New England Highway by 70 metres for motorists turning right into Aberglasslyn Road from the east. This would improve traffic flow along the highway, by providing additional space for vehicles wanting to turn right into Aberglasslyn Road.
  • installing a new raised concrete median to prevent vehicles from making a right turn movement into South Street from the highway. South Street will become a left in and left out only
  • improving line markings and resurfacing the highway
  • removing the right turn movement into Walter Street for motorists travelling east on the highway. Signage will be installed to remind motorists that they can no longer turn right at this intersection.
  • installing a new pedestrian refuge on South Street to allow pedestrians to cross one direction of traffic at a time.

Eastbound motorists wanting to access South Street and Walter Street from the highway can do so by using the traffic lights located at the John Street intersection and travelling west along Gillies Street.

You can provide your feedback on this proposal by taking our short survey.

We will keep the community updated as the project progresses.

We will publish a Community Consultation report to respond to feedback received for the proposed project in early 2020.

Contact us

For more information about this project, please contact:


Phone: 02 4908 7724

Mail: Viet Nguyen
Roads and Maritime Services
Locked Bag 2030
Newcastle 2300

Project documents

Project notifications

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November 2019 project notification

Have your say - Proposed safety improvements on the New England Highway, Rutherford.



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