The NSW Government is continuing planning for a future extension of the M1 Pacific Motorway to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace.
AUG 2021Environmental impact statement (EIS)
An environmental impact statement (EIS) was developed to identify potential impacts associated with the project.
The EIS outlines the key features of the project and assesses its potential environmental, social and economic impact during construction and operation.
The Department of Planning and Environment placed the EIS on exhibition between 28 July and 24 August 2021.
We will prepare a submissions report to respond to the issues raised during the public exhibition. The report will be made publicly available for stakeholders and the community to view.
The M1 Pacific Motorway and Pacific Highway are critical links in the National Land Transport Network and among the busiest transport corridors in Australia.
Planning for the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to the Pacific Highway at Raymond Terrace started in October 2004 and has involved an extensive community consultation program to identify a preferred route and develop a concept design.
A design was displayed for community comment in 2008 with feedback considered to develop a refined design which was announced in 2010. The route was reserved in the Newcastle and Port Stephens Local Environmental Plans.
Transport for NSW provided a Community Update on the project in 2016, and invited comments from the community on the revised design to ensure the proposal provided the best outcome for road users, the environment and the community.
Feedback from the 2016 Community Update was considered by Transport for NSW, with further design improvements made to incorporate major improvements for connectivity to the surrounding road network and minimise environmental impacts.
Design improvements made since 2016 include:
Following community consultation, we have made further design improvements including:
- Improved direct access from the Pacific Highway in and out of the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens
- A centralised interchange located at Old Punt Road at Tomago
- Improved access to the northbound M1 Motorway entry ramp at Tomago
Timing for construction is not confirmed and is subject to planning approval.
The proposed upgrade includes:
- 15 kilometres of dual carriageway motorway with two lanes in each direction, bypassing Hexham and Heatherbrae
- interchanges at Black Hill, Tarro, Tomago, and Raymond Terrace
- a 2.6 kilometre bridge over Woodlands Close, the Main Northern Railway, New England Highway and Hunter River
- minimum flood immunity along the new roadway for a one in 20 year event.
Key benefits of the proposal include:
- improved connection between the M1 Pacific Motorway and the Pacific Highway
- improved traffic flow for motorists and freight for more reliable travel times
- improved accessibility to the surrounding road network
- improved safety for all road users.
During the next phase of the project we will:
- continue to consult with property owners, residents, project focus groups and other impacted stakeholders
- keep the community informed as planning progresses. Access the latest Project update (PDF, 2.27Mb).
- complete investigations into to the project that better address future transport and community needs
- prepare a submissions report to respond to the issues raised during the public EIS exhibition and seek planning approval to the project.
June 2017 project notification
The planning for the M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace is progressing.
June 2017 community consultation report
M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace.
For further information contact:
Phone: 1800 094 895 (business hours)
Mail: M1 Pacific Motorway extension to Raymond Terrace Project Manager, Transport for NSW, Locked Bag 2030, Newcastle NSW 2300