M1 to Raymond Terrace upgrade to deliver missing link

7 June 2021

The game-changing extension of the M1 Pacific Motorway to Raymond Terrace is a step closer following early talks with the construction industry.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the project would deliver improved highway connections and more reliable travel times, as well as support 2,700 jobs over its life cycle.

“The Australian Government has committed $1.6 billion and the New South Wales Government $400 million to deliver both the M1 to Raymond Terrace and Hexham Straight projects, continuing our transformation of journeys between Sydney and the Queensland border,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“We have already crossed the finish line on the $15 billion Pacific Highway upgrade, duplicating the 657‑kilometre stretch between Hexham and the Queensland border.

“Work is also powering ahead on the 14-kilometre Coffs Harbour Bypass, so extending the M1 to Raymond Terrace is the final ‘missing link’ in the chain.”

NSW Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said Transport for NSW had consulted widely with industry on how to ensure the smoothest delivery of what will be one of the Hunter’s biggest infrastructure projects.

“Talking to industry through the M1 to Raymond Terrace Market Interaction Process provided valuable insights and helped to identify the industry’s perspective on the best delivery approach for the project,” Mr Toole said.

“The local community will continue to be engaged as the M1 to Raymond Terrace project progresses.

“The community wants this upgrade to benefit them and we are ensuring it delivers, not just for the 60,000 motorists who use the existing road every day, but for locals too.

“The extension will reduce traffic volumes on the New England Highway, and improve traffic flow and access for motorists travelling between Newcastle and Maitland.”

Senator for NSW Hollie Hughes said the project will also improve the flood immunity of these highly trafficked roads, improving reliability.

“The project will also provide greater separation of commuter and holiday traffic, which has flow-on benefits for safety and congestion,” Senator Hughes said.

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin said the project would be a huge win for the entire region.

“The Hunter region will gain substantial economic benefits through improved access to and from key employment areas such as Tomago, Beresfield, Black Hill, the Port of Newcastle and Greater Newcastle,” Mr Martin said.

“Transport for NSW is planning to display the M1 to Raymond Terrace Environmental Impact Statement for community feedback in the coming months, on track for determination in mid-2022.”

A submissions report will be released documenting the issues raised and the responses.For the latest information and to view the refined designs, visit work/m12rt.

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