Budget accelerates Hillsborough Rd upgrade

22 June 2021

The 2021-22 NSW Budget locks in funding to deliver the first stage of the Hillsborough Road upgrade, which will improve traffic flow from Warners Bay to the Newcastle Inner City Bypass.

Minister for Regional Transport and Roads Paul Toole said the NSW Government’s $35 million Budget commitment for the first stage of the upgrade, from west of Crockett Street to west of Barker Avenue, would improve safety and travel times for estimated 35,000 motorists who use Hillsborough Road each day.

“This is a big and complex project, but we’re not shying away from the challenge because we know what a difference it will make to locals now and into the future,” Mr Toole said.

“That’s why we’re investing $35 million to deliver Stage 1 of the three-stage Hillsborough Road upgrade, and take another step towards less-congested, safer and more reliable journeys on one of the busiest roads in the Hunter.

“We know roadworks on such a busy corridor will impact local and through traffic, so we’re tackling one stage at a time to minimise the disruption and keep motorists moving.”

Member for Lake Macquarie Greg Piper said the funding boost would deliver much-needed congestion relief along one of Lake Macquarie’s busiest roads, as well as future-proof the area.

“Upgrading Hillsborough Road is critical to the safety of my community, particularly those at Cardiff South who use the Crockett Street intersection, so it’s great to see the NSW Government getting behind Stage 1 of works with $35 million in funding,” Mr Piper said.

“With preferred initial designs for the full upgrade out shortly for consultation, community will get to share their views on the proposed Stage 1 upgrade as well as future stages, meaning that we can keep the project powering ahead as a whole and ensure every section works together.”

Stage 1 will deliver the duplication of about 600 metres of Hillsborough Road, installation of traffic lights at Crockett Street and other road safety improvements.

Stage 2 will involve the section between Higham Road and the Newcastle Inner City Bypass, including Chadwick Street, while Stage 3 will upgrade the remainder of the Hillsborough Road corridor between Crockett Street and Higham Road.

Transport for NSW has awarded a contract to GHD Pty Ltd to develop the concept design and environmental assessment for the upgrade, with plans to display the Review of Environmental Factors (REF) and Concept Design for public comment by mid-2022.To view the preferred design and for more information on the upgrade, visit nswroads.work/hillsborough.

Submissions are being invited until Friday 6 August 2021 and can be sent via email to hillsboroughroad@transport.nsw.gov.au or by post to Hillsborough Road Project Manager, Transport for NSW, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300.

The community will be kept informed as the project progresses.

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