New England Highway safety upgrade

The NSW Government is funding important upgrades on the New England Highway as part of its Saving Lives on Country Roads program.

Northeys - northbound overtaking lanes
Northeys - northbound overtaking lanes

Updates and announcements

As part of the NSW Government’s Saving Lives on Country Roads program we are proposing a number of road safety improvements between Braefarm Road and Sandy Road, Kootingal

Read more about the proposed changes in the June project notification (PDF, 115Kb).

Project benefits

The NSW Government has developed the Saving Lives on Country Roads program to help address the disproportionate number of people dying on country roads. The program has been designed to deliver safety improvements for high risk country roads.

In the next two years $16 million will be spent to improve safety on the New England Highway between Wallabadah and Armidale.

The first stage of these improvements started in August 2018 between Uralla and Armidale and will be completed in the second half of 2019.

The package of work includes:

  • Installing widened centre line throughout the entire section, enhanced with audio tactile line marking at a number of locations
  • Building two additional overtaking lanes, one northbound and one southbound between Rocky River Road and Arding Road
  • Installing a designated left hand turning lane for Barley Fields Road
  • Installing a right hand turning lane for Northeys Road and Kliendienst Road
  • Road widening and drainage improvement directly north of Uralla
  • Widening of the bridge over Saumarez Creek.

More information about the project is available in the November project update.


Project documents

Audio tactile line marking factsheet

May 2019

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