Newell Highway Pilliga


Work on new northbound and southbound overtaking lanes at three locations at Pilliga, between Coonabarabran and Narrabri started in June 2022. The delivery of the new northbound and southbound overtaking lanes at the multiple locations will take about 12 months to complete, weather permitting.

The NHPA completed delivery of new northbound and southbound overtaking lanes at Pilliga, about 15 kilometres north of Coonabarabran in October 2020.

Project information

Transport for NSW have partnered with BMD and AECOM to form the Newell Highway Program Alliance.

The strategic partnership will deliver about 30 additional overtaking lanes in an estimated four years rather than the likely eight years it would take to fund and deliver this work using traditional procurement methods.

This innovative mode of delivery will result in a minimum of 45 kilometres of new overtaking lanes to improve safety, reduce travel times, allow more accurate travel planning and improve freight productivity.

The new overtaking lanes are expected to provide around 25 minutes of travel time savings along the length of the Newell Highway from the Victorian to the Queensland border.

Work on the new northbound and southbound overtaking lanes, about 15 kilometres north of Coonabarabran, was completed on 2 December 2020.

The overtaking lanes extend for approximately 1.5 kilometres along the Newell Highway.

Pilliga overtaking lane map

Once completed, road users travelling on the Newell Highway through Pilliga will experience increased overtaking opportunities to help improve journey reliability.

The benefits of the project include:

  • improved safety for all road users
  • reduced travel times
  • more accurate travel planning
  • improved freight efficiency

Project documents


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