Tamworth helps shape Goonoo Goonoo Road
28 April 2021
The Tamworth community has had its say on the future upgrade of Goonoo Goonoo Road (New England Highway) in Tamworth.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the 200 submissions received would help shape duplication plans for the road.
“The NSW Government is investing $3 million to plan for widening Goonoo Goonoo Road to two lanes, between Jack Smyth Drive and Calala Lane,” Mr Toole said.
“More than 20,000 vehicles use this section of the road every day and it’s important we get the design right to effectively remove this major pinch point in Tamworth.
“Goonoo Goonoo Road is an important part of the Tamworth road network, providing a gateway to the city’s entertainment and equestrian precinct and is a vital link between the city and the surrounding area.”
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said Transport for NSW and Tamworth Regional Council have carried out investigations on Goonoo Goonoo Road over the past two years, including traffic modelling.
“We know how many drive along Goonoo Goonoo Road every day – and when comparing this section of road to other, similar roads in the state its safety performance was below average, so it is clear these improvements are vital,” Mr Anderson said.
“Goonoo Goonoo Road is the first thing tourists see when they come into our great city so we need a safe, attractive road to welcome those people into Tamworth.
“The community has made submissions about the design including requests to build traffic lights at the intersection of Scott Road.
“While this intersection is outside the scope of this project, the NSW Government will consider it as part of a broader plan for the region.”
A summary report detailing all the submissions and responses will be available to the public in late May.
For more information and to view a copy of the concept design, visit: nswroads.work/ggroad.