Locals heard on Goonoo Goonoo Road
17 June 2021
Plans for the future upgrade of Tamworth’s Goonoo Goonoo Road (New England Highway) are shaping up, with today’s release of the Community Consultation Summary Report.
Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government was investing $3 million to plan duplication of the highway between Jack Smyth Drive and Calala Lane.
“More than 20,000 vehicles use this section of road each day, so it’s critical that we get this project right by listening to locals’ insights into what the upgrade should look like,” Mr Toole said.
“Goonoo Goonoo Road provides a gateway to Tamworth’s entertainment and equestrian precinct, so upgrading this road will remove a major pinch point from the city’s road network.”
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said most of the 275 submissions received related to the use of roundabouts and traffic lights at intersections.
“We’ve listened to these concerns and have responded to all of them in the report,” Mr Anderson said.
“The planned upgrades for Goonoo Goonoo Road will increase capacity, improve safety and traffic flow, support planned development, and facilitate both local access and regional connectivity.
“The scope of this project runs from Jack Smyth Drive to just past Calala Land and does not include the Scott Road roundabout. Please be assured that Transport for NSW has heard your comments on the Scott Road roundabout and will consider them in future development opportunities.
“We are working closely with Tamworth Regional Council to identify and plan for multi modal transport improvements across the network, including transport services, walking and cycling connections and infrastructure upgrades.”
The report for the proposed upgrades to Goonoo Goonoo Road is now available to view online at nswroads.work/ggroad in response to consultation carried out in March 2021.