The NSW Government has provided $3.29 million to plan and deliver road improvements to improve safety and reduce the risk of crashes along the highway.
Transport for NSW is delivering safety improvements for the New England Highway, between the Golden Highway and Newington Lane, at Whittingham.
The NSW Government is investing $3.29 million for a package of work to improve safety for road users and reduce the risk of crashes along this eight kilometre section of the highway.
An additional $800,000 has been provided through the Federal Stimulus Road Safety program announced in March 2021 by the Australian and NSW Governments.
The first stage of the project involved:
- resurfacing 950 metres of the highway from Range Road towards Singleton
- installing a one metre wide painted centreline along a 2.2 kilometre section of the highway between Range Road and Newington Lane
- installing street lighting at the Range Road and Racecourse Lane intersections
- installing median and roadside safety barriers at various locations on the highway
- signage and delineation improvements on the approaches to Mudies Creek Bridge
- tree trimming to improve sight distance
- maintenance and minor access improvements along the route.
To view the locations of these improvements, please view the November 2019 project update (PDF, 870Kb).
The additional stage of work was completed in May 2021 and involved:
- Resurfacing a 1.4 kilometre section of the highway
- Minor safety barrier adjustments on the bridge and sealing of bridge joints
- Installing new line marking to provide a wide centreline and audio tactile line marking.
The introduction of a one metre wide centreline has improved safety by providing greater separation between vehicles travelling in opposite directions.
To cater for the wide centreline some lane and shoulder width adjustments have been made. For more information on these adjustments please view the November 2019 project update (PDF, 870Kb).
Audio tactile line marking
Audio tactile line marking (ATLM) has been installed on the edge lines and centrelines along sections of the highway.
ATLM, sometimes called ‘rumble strips’ are small raised bumps typically placed along the edges of roads and in the centre of roads to alert a driver when they are drifting out of their lane. For more information about ATLM please view the November 2019 project update (PDF, 870Kb).
Transport for NSW has completed a speed zone review for the New England Highway at Whittingham.
The injury crash rate per kilometre is significantly higher than the typical rate for this type of road which is why the speed limit is being reduced.
The existing 100km/h speed limit has been reduced along an eight kilometre stretch of the highway.
The speed limit has been reduced to 80km/h over a 3.4 kilometre section from 210 metres south of White Falls Lane to 180 metres south of Racecourse Lane, as this section of the highway has a number of residential accesses.
The speed limit has been reduced to 90 km/h over a 4.7 kilometre section from 180 metres south of Racecourse Lane to 330 metres north of the Golden Highway.
Motorists are reminded to observe the new speed limit and are advised to drive to conditions.
The community and stakeholders were invited to provide feedback on a proposal in November and December 2019. For a summary of the feedback received and our responses please download our April 2020 community consultation report (PDF, 1.13Mb).
For further information about the safety improvements please contact:
Phone: 0408 838 184 (business hours - James Lister, Project Delivery Manager)
Mail: James Lister, Transport for NSW, Locked Bag 2030 Newcastle NSW 2300.