The NSW Government has provided $3.29 million in 2019/20 to plan and deliver road improvements to improve safety and reduce the risk of crashes along the highway.
APR 2020Safety improvements
Work on the safety improvements started on Monday 20 April. We will be working between 7pm and 5am from Sunday to Thursday. Work is expected to be complete by mid-June, weather permitting.More information
A new reduced speed limit applies from 7pm Sunday 19 April for northbound motorists and 7pm Monday 20 April for southbound motorists. For more information see the Speed zone review section below.
Transport for NSW is delivering safety improvements for the New England Highway, between the Golden Highway and Newington Lane, at Whittingham.
The NSW Government is investing $3.29 million for the proposal to improve safety for road users and reduce the risk of crashes along this eight kilometre section of the highway.
The proposal involves:
- resurfacing 950 metres of the highway from Range Road towards Singleton
- installing a one metre wide painted centreline along a 2.2 kilometre section of the highway between Range Road and Newington Lane
- installing street lighting at the Range Road and Racecourse Lane intersections
- installing median and roadside safety barriers at various locations on the highway
- signage and delineation improvements on the approaches to Mudies Creek Bridge
- tree trimming to improve sight distance
- maintenance and minor access improvements along the route.
Further consultation with directly affected residents will be carried out before proposed audio-tactile line marking will be installed along the edge lines and centreline of the road.
To view the locations of these improvements, please view the November 2019 project update.
The introduction of a one metre wide centreline will improve safety by providing greater separation between vehicles travelling in opposite directions.
To cater for the wide centreline some lane and shoulder width adjustments are required. For more information on these adjustments please view the November 2019 project update.
Audio tactile line marking
The proposal at Whittingham incorporates audio tactile line marking (ATLM) on the edge lines and centrelines along sections of the highway.
ATLM, sometimes called ‘rumble strips’ are small raised bumps typically placed along the edges of roads and in the centre of roads to alert a driver when they are drifting out of their lane. For more information about ATLM please view the November 2019 project update.
Further consultation will be carried out with residents living along these sections of the highway ATLM is installed.
Transport for NSW has completed a speed zone review for the New England Highway at Whittingham.
The injury crash rate per kilometre is significantly higher than the typical rate for this type of road which is why the speed limit is being reduced.
A new reduced speed limit applies for northbound motorists from 7pm on Sunday 19 April and for southbound motorists from 7pm on Monday 20 April, weather permitting.
The existing 100km/h speed limit will be reduced along an eight kilometre stretch of the highway.
The speed limit will be reduced to 80km/h over a 3.4 kilometre section from 210 metres south of White Falls Lane to 180 metres south of Racecourse Lane, as this section of the highway has a number of residential accesses.
The speed limit will be reduced to 90 km/h over a 4.7 kilometre section from 180 metres south of Racecourse Lane to 330 metres north of the Golden Highway.
The speed limit changes will increase travel time by about 50 seconds.
Motorists are reminded to observe the new speed limit and are advised to drive to conditions.
The community and stakeholders were invited to provide feedback on a proposal in November and December 2019. For a summary of the feedback received and our responses please download our April 2020 community consultation report (PDF, 1.13Mb).
Work on the improvements is expected to be complete by mid-June 2020.
For further information about the safety improvements please contact:
Phone: 0428 100 847 (business hours – David Prowse, Project Delivery Manager)
Mail: David Prowse, Transport for NSW, Locked Bag 2030 Newcastle NSW 2300.
April 2020 project notification
Start of work on New England Highway safety improvements, Whittingham from Monday 20 April.