Aerial view of Raymond Terrace extension

M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace

The NSW Government is continuing planning for a future extension of the M1 Pacific Motorway to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace.

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OCT 2020

OCT 2020Key design improvements

Following community consultation, Transport for NSW has made a number of design improvements to ensure the project addresses current and future transport needs and delivers long-term benefits to the community.

Transport for NSW has carried out additional investigations since 2016 to identify necessary improvements to the road network surrounding the project area. We have also carried out additional consultation with key stakeholders to further refine the design.

Key changes to the proposed design include:

  • Improved direct access from the Pacific Highway in and out of the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
  • A centralised interchange located at Old Punt Road at Tomago
  • Improved access to the northbound M1 Motorway entry ramp at Tomago

More information about the design improvements is available in the October 2020 project update (PDF, 7.69Mb).

Project information

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.

Transport for NSW provided a Community Update on the project in 2016, and invited comments from the community on the revised design to ensure the proposal provided the best outcome for road users, the environment and the community.

Feedback from the 2016 Community Update was considered by Transport for NSW, with further design improvements made to incorporate major improvements for connectivity to the surrounding road network and minimise environmental impacts.

Design improvements made since 2016 include:

Following community consultation, we have made further design improvements including:

  • Improved direct access from the Pacific Highway in and out of the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
  • A centralised interchange located at Old Punt Road at Tomago
  • Improved access to the northbound M1 Motorway entry ramp at Tomago

Timing for construction is not confirmed and is subject to planning approval.

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 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.

During the next phase of the project we will:

  • continue to consult with property owners, residents, project focus groups and other impacted stakeholders
  • keep the community informed as planning progresses. Access the latest Community Update (PDF, 7.69Mb).
  • complete investigations into to the project that better address future transport and community needs
  • display the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for community comment in 2021 before obtaining project approval.

Project documents

Project notifications

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June 2017 project notification

The planning for the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace is progressing.

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Reports

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June 2017 community consultation report

M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace.

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Project updates

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October 2020 project update

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August 2016 project update

M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace - Have your say – Design changes.

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Contact us

For further information contact:

Phone: 1800 094 895 (business hours)

Email: M1RT@jacobs.com

Mail: M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace Project Manager, Transport for NSW, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300

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