Safer journeys slated for New England Highway

25 August 2020

Motorists will soon be enjoying smoother and safer journeys on the New England Highway with safety improvement now under way south of Tamworth.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said work to improve a 3.4-kilometre section of the highway at Swamp Creek, about 35 kilometres south of Tamworth have started.

“The NSW Government is investing almost $1.3 million to improve the road surface on this section of the New England Highway. Upgrading our roads is important not only for the safety of drivers but also for our freight networks.

“The New England Highway is one of the regions busiest roads and is an alternate inland route between Brisbane and Sydney.  It is a vital regional road providing access into Tamworth for farming families, outlying villages, tourists and essential freight carriers.

“We are getting on with the job of making sure our road networks continue to see improvements and this project adds to the list of road projects being undertaken across the electorate like the recently completed Garoo Road upgrades which meet up with the New England Highway.

“This project will help support about 12 local jobs and 11 local contractors, which is great news for the local economy during these challenging times.

“The Tamworth electorate has seen significant investment in roads and I will continue to work hard to see this continue,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Work on the New England Highway at Swamp Creek is expected to take about seven weeks to complete, weather permitting.

Work will be carried out from 6.30am to 6pm on weekdays and from 6.30am to 6pm on Saturdays, with lane closures and a reduced speed limit in place.

Motorists are advised to drive to the conditions, and follow the directions of signs and traffic control.

For the latest traffic updates download the Live Traffic NSW App, visit livetraffic.com or call 132 701.

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